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Through the Research and Innovation Stream, the Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group is seeking high-performing Honours graduates to support the delivery of specialist scientific advice and innovative technology solutions to create and maintain Australia’s defence and national security capability edge.


  • Tailored suite of learning and development opportunities to assist each individual developed their professional, technical, research and personal skills
  • Participation in DST Group’s mentoring program to help you expand your skills and knowledge from senior research staff
  • Experience applying your research skills to complex research problems that will contribute to Australia’s Defence and National Security


Defence Science and Technology Group offers a 12-month graduate program consisting of two rotations across Major Science and Technology Capability areas within DST Group or more broadly in Defence. Candidates must have completed a relevant Honours degree within the last 2-years and want to further develop their research skills through a PhD (supported by DST Group).

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Quick Details

  • Degree types: Engineering and Technology: Physical Sciences; Information, Computing and Communication; Mathematics; Human, Social and Health Services
  • Salary: $65,133 pa + 15.4% super
  • Program:
    • 12 months – 2 x 6 month rotations
  • Eligibility: View eligibility requirements
  • Intake: Various across Australia
  • Benefits: Why Choose Defence
“Since joining DST, I have experienced the diversity and excitement in my professional life that I have always sought.”


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