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The Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group provides impartial scientific advice and innovative technology solutions to create and maintain Australia’s defence and national security capability edge.


With world class research facilities across Australia, DST Group delivers scientific support to Australian Defence Force (ADF) operations, advises government on Defence acquisitions, applies technologies to sustain current capabilities, and undertakes cutting edge research to safeguard Australia against future Defence and national security challenges.

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.

DST Group is seeking applications from Honours Graduates in the following areas:

  • Engineering and Technology
  • Physical Sciences
  • Human, Social and Health Sciences
  • Information, Computing and Communication
  • Mathematics


The Defence Science and Technology Pathway offers opportunities in the following job stream:

Quick Details

  • Degree types: Engineering and Technology; Physical Sciences; Information, Computing and Communications; Mathematics; Human, Social and Health Sciences
  • Salary: $65,133 pa + 15.4% super
  • Program:
    • 12 months – 2 rotations
  • Eligibility: View eligibility requirements
  • Location: 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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