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Principal Radar Scientist

Summary Information for vacancy - reference 23468


Defence Science and Technology Laboratory




Salisbury, Wiltshire, South West

Closing Date

30 June 2011

Interviews start

12 July 2011




Middle management

Pay frequency


Appointment Terms

Fixed-term contract

Working Arrangement

Full time

Travel required


No of vacancies


Field of work

Operational Research, Science

Brief Description

The Principal Radar Scientist opportunity is for a Fixed Term Appointment for up to 2 years. The role involves international collaboration, working on projects with networking across industry, government and military organisations.

The Radar Team is the focal point in the field of radar and radar systems technology within Dstl, providing capability advice, technical direction and leadership, modelling and systems level research to support the needs of the MOD.

An increase in resource is required to deliver the current Radar Science and Technology activities in Sensors and Countermeasures Department for Support to Operations (S2O) work, for Op HERRICK and tools for Op ELLAMY, as well as enabling the delivery of support to DE&S on procurement projects and leadership within key Programme Office projects.

The Principal Scientist is responsible for the leadership and technical input to S&T projects within Dstl and the provision of advice and new capability to DE&S.

Vacancy description

Responsibilities include:

1) To lead world class radar research and advice as a MOD Civil Servant.
2) To provide strategic and technical input to MOD research and procurement programmes.
3) To develop and maintain good working relationships with customers, industry and international collaborators.
4) To work with the Team and Group Leader to enhance the overall radar capability of Dstl.

The successful candidate will work with Dstl scientists, DE&S and industry providing leadership and individual technical input.

The individual will not be responsible for line management of staff (this is the role of the Radar Team Leader), but they may be responsible for the leadership of technical teams and projects.

This post is required to ensure Dstl can fulfil their delivery of advice and leadership The role is important to ensure the successful procurement and through life capability management of current and future sensors. The role is also key to underpinning the S&T research programme for UK industry.



- Leadership skills are very important for this role.
- Substantial experience in a radar related discipline.
- Good communication and networking skills to work effectively with a wide range of technical staff and military customers, good presentation skills.
- An innovative and creative approach to studies, striving to deliver the winning edge for UK forces.
- A high level of numeracy.
- A strong scientific or technical background Strategic view and vision.
- Positive attitude and proactive approach
- A creative and original approach to problem solving
- Good inter-personal skills, able to influence effectively, negotiate with and build effective relationships with colleagues, customers and collaborators.
- Mentoring skills – staff development and encouragement.
- Capable of working in a changing and challenging role
- The role will require travel to visit UK industry / other MoD agencies as well as occasional international travel.


- Successful leadership of S&T Radar projects/tasks, with a significant demonstrated track record of technical ability.
- Appreciation of ISTAR
- Radar signal processing (software or hardware)
- SAR or MTI signal processing

Other relevant experience
- Design/understanding of radar hardware including AESA

Domain Knowledge

- Current/Future radar systems
- Experience in radar signal processing, e.g. performance modelling and assessment, target and clutter modelling, air to air pulse Doppler processing, Synthetic Aperture Radar/Ground Moving Target Indication processing, and space-time adaptive processing
- A track record of publications (open literature or publications for MOD)
- To have a wide understanding of MOD research activities and equipment procurement
- Familiarity with analysis and modelling software such as Matlab.
- Familiar with the use of IT systems, computer programming (ANSI C) and the internet. Confident user of MS Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access.
- Airborne Radar Signal Processing (e.g. SAR and GMTI)

Further information

CRB check required - No

Regulated by OCSC - No

Reserved for existing civil servants - No

Reserved for UK nationals - Yes

How to apply

Go to to download an application form. Email completed application to HR Business Services

HR Business Services, Room 8 Bldg 106, Dstl Porton Down, Salisbury, Wiltshire. SP4 0JQ

17051190039_23468 JOB DESCRIPTION Principal Radar Scientist FTA.doc

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