Full Time
Job Sector:
Security / Defence
Salary description:
£50150 - £59000/ annum Civil Service Benefits Package
Start Date:
Job Ref:

Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) require a degree-educated Scientist, with relevant engineering industry experience, to join the UK's Defence Ordnance Safety Group (DOSG), Science and Technology (ST) Team. The DOSG is a multi-disciplinary team of military and civilian subject matter experts providing independent specialist advice and guidance on the Safety and Suitability for Service of Ordnance, Munitions and Explosives (OME) and Lasers, and their associated facilities and platforms. The DOSG provides these services to customers within DE&S, the wider Ministry of Defence (MOD), the Armed Services, and other Government departments, thus allowing them to discharge their duty of care. In addition, the DOSG supports the development of OME technology and best practice safety standards through communication, cooperation and coordination with the UK OME Safety Regulator, the UK industrial base, academia, and various national and international bodies.

The DOSG consists of roughly 120 personnel across the Weapons Systems Team, Science and Technology Team and the Portfolio Management Office. The Science and Technology Team is broken down into four specialisms:

ST1: Energetics and Vulnerability Team, covering propellants, explosives and pyrotechnics in historic, current and future weapons systems and their response to credible accidents and hostile action; includes Insensitive Munitions (IM) assessment
ST3: Electromagnetic Environmental Effects and Initiation Systems Team, covering the threats of electromagnetic environments to OME as well as advice on OME safety for transmitter projects and on electrical infrastructure and test equipment. Initiation Systems covering the safety design requirements of rocket motor ignition systems, hand emplaced munitions, fuzing and environmental testing qualification regimes
ST4: Munition Life Assessment Team: Assessing the degradation of munitions by the effects of climatic and mechanical environments; estimating of the safe life of munitions after exposure to their environments
ST5: Statistics and Modelling Team: Developing and applying statistical methodology and advanced modelling techniques to a range of weapons safety applications (including safe use of OME on ranges to assess and characterize weapon and explosion effects).

Responsibilities of the role include:

Providing professional technical advice and guidance on Energetic Materials (EM) and Insensitive Munitions (IM) to stakeholders within and outside DE&S, in particular compliance with national and international standards, supporting project delivery and providing technology assurance as required
Leading and supporting the development of national and international EM and IM policy and standards, as required for the assurance of safety and suitability for service of Ordnance Munitions and Explosives (OME)
Providing Technical leadership to areas of EM and IM, specifically as relates to thermal chemical processes and threats
Acting as the Chair of the Vulnerability Assessment Group
Contributing to experimental/development work required to ensure policy standards and assessments techniques are relevant to modern OME and support equipment and enable an understanding of latest technologies to be gained and exploited to the benefit of MOD
Maintaining up-to-date knowledge of all relevant defence, national and international technical standards
Supporting the development of tools, techniques and materials related to EM and IM issues
Noting and complying with any duties, tasks, objectives and targets placed upon them, Science and Technology and DOSG, guided by Section, Team and Operating Centre Business Plans
Maintaining an appreciation of Life Assessment, Initiation Systems, Electromagnetic Environmental Effects, Modelling and Statistics relevant to EM and IM

Essential Criteria:

Level 6 qualification (e.g. BEng/BSc) in Chemistry or other physical science
Relevant engineering background (e.g. Defence, Chemical, Nuclear, Propulsion)Desirable Criteria:

Level 7/8 qualification (e.g. MSc/MEng/PhD)
Experience in Energetic Materials (EM) and/or Insensitive Munitions (IM), explosives or pyrotechnics

If successful, you will represent DOSG on international and national bodies, both government and with industry, dealing with EM and IM test and assessment, and will organise and present national and international conferences and workshops related to EM and munitions. You will work at the cutting edge of technology, collaborating with private business and government on a national and international scale. DE&S may provide the opportunity for funding a PhD.

Please note that, due to security requirements, this role is limited to SOLE UK NATIONALS ONLY.

Matchtech Group Plc is acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this vacancy

Company Description

Closing Date:

You may return to your current search results by clicking here.

Latest Job Listings