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Graduate - Physical Scientist / Mathematical Modeller

Summary Information for vacancy - reference 23416


Defence Science and Technology Laboratory




Salisbury, Wiltshire, South West

Closing Date

29 April 2011

Interviews start

26 May 2011





Pay frequency


Appointment Terms

Fixed-term contract

Working Arrangement

Full time

Travel required


No of vacancies


Field of work

Operational Research, Science

Brief Description

This is a development role to provide a base level contribution to Dstl projects.

As a member of the Modelling & Analysis Team within the Physical Sciences Department, you will use logical thinking and problem-solving skills, together with mathematical knowledge, tools and techniques to develop models of systems, equipment and processes involved in Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) defence. You will use the models, analyse the output and provide key insight and advice into decisions on the defence capability for UK MoD and its allies against a CBRN event.

Vacancy description

You will need to liaise with scientific staff working in other disciplines to gather information on equipment and model requirements, before using your mathematical modelling skills to formulate and implement models, either using mathematical modelling packages or a suitable programming language. You will also need to liaise with software engineers, who will be responsible for integrating your models into larger systems. 

You will have to exercise good judgement to reach evidence-based conclusions and decisions supported by analysis. It is important that you are an effective communicator and a team player.

• Integrated Biological Detection System (IBDS). This is an export for Detection Department
• CBR Virtual Battlespace
• CBRN Inventiveness Programme – Applicability of Algorithms used in astronomy to reduce false alarm rates in CBR Detectors.


Essential: At least two years experience of the formulation and development of mathematical models of physical systems and experience of at least one of the areas listed under Desirable.

Desirable: Experience of more than one of the following areas: Fluid dynamics, Probability and Statistics; Meteorology / Atmospheric dispersion; Programming skills (e.g. C++); Understanding physical principles of detectors and protective equipment; Chemical and biomedical sciences; Data fusion / assimilation; Optimisation techniques; Risk assessment.


Essential: A degree (or higher) in Mathematics, Statistics or a Physical Science.

Desirable: Relevant postgraduate qualification or equivalent experience.


There is no requirement for previous experience.

Further information

CRB check required - No

Regulated by OCSC - No

Reserved for existing civil servants - No

Reserved for UK nationals - Yes

How to apply

To apply, visit and search for reference 23416. Email a completed application form to quoting the reference number in the subject line

110411115223_23416 JOB DESCRIPTION Graduate Physical Scientist.doc

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