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Defence Science and Technology Pathway

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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.

Pathway Highlights

  • A three day familiarisation tour where you will visit Navy, Army and Air Force bases to meet Australian Defence Force members and interact with military equipment;
  • Senior Officer Briefs where you will meet Defence’s senior leaders, including the Chief of the Defence Force and Secretary of Defence, to discuss Defence’s strategic objective, career management and the senior officer’s personal insights;
  • A visit to Parliament House to view Members of Parliament engage in question time;
  • Rotation specific training to provide you with the skills and knowledge to undertake reward, exciting and challenging work;
  • Meetings with the Graduate Management Team and your experience supervisor to discuss your learning and development needs, career aspirations and performance feedback; and
  • A dedicated Graduate Management Team that will guide and advise you throughout your program.


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.

DST has been supporting the Australian Defence Force (ADF) for more than 100 years with innovative technology solutions that deliver a capability edge. Our scientists, engineers and technical specialists collaborate with the ADF, academia, and industry to solve the most difficult and valued research challenges. With the rapid growth and evolution of highly complex technology systems, there has never been a more exciting time to apply your science, technology, engineering or mathematics skills and contribute to the creation of research knowledge and solutions within one of DST’s Major Science & Technology Capability research area.

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. Applicants must have completed at a minimum a relevant science, technology, engineering or mathematics Honours degree within the last 2 years and want to further develop their research skills through a PhD supported by DST Group.

Defence offers a generous remuneration package, conditions of service and leave benefits that will contribute to you enjoying a happy work-life balance. Graduates who complete the program are able to apply for study assistance, including financial reimbursement and study leave, to pursue further studies (i.e. postgraduate programs including a PhD).

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

  • Cyber/ Computer Sciences
  • Electronic/ Electrical Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering
  • Naval Architecture
  • Material Science
  • Mechatronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nutrition/ Biological/ Chemistry sciences
  • Psychology/ Social Sciences


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

Quick Details

  • Degree types: Cyber/ Computer Sciences; Electronic/ Electrical Engineering; Mathematics ; Physics; Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering; Naval Architecture; Material Science; Mechatronic Engineering; Mechanical Engineering
  • Salary: $68,442 pa + 15.4% superannuation. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will commence to $74,721 pa + 15.4% superannuation.
  • Program:
    • 12 months – 1 x 8 month rotation and 1 x 4 month rotation.
  • 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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