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STEM careers in Defence Intelligence

Eyes and ears and everything in between

Defence Intelligence offers science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals unique opportunities to develop their skills and expertise.

Intelligence careers for intelligent people

Computer Scientists build and run our supercomputer infrastructure.

Engineers of all disciplines run some of the largest and most complex acquisition and development projects in the country, and bring their analytical and problem-solving skills to bear on political and military topics.

Geospatial Analysts work to spot problems at home and abroad.

Mathematicians spend their days making and breaking ciphers and solving interesting mathematical problems.

Physicists, Chemists and Biologists bring their skills to bear on the threats posed by specific weapons systems, technologies and related proliferation issues.

Software Engineers use creative solutions and revolutionary techniques to give us the edge in cyberspace.

Whatever you study – science, technology engineering or mathematics – Defence Intelligence has an important, challenging and rewarding role for you to play in helping to keep Australia safe.


Use your brain to make a difference

Australia Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation (AGO)
I joined the Intelligence and Security Graduate Program as an AGO analyst in 2012 while completing a PhD in Archaeology. During my post-graduate research I developed an interest in how remote sensing would apply to 'real-time' and topical world events rather than as a tool to investigate past civilisations.

AGO gave me a chance to pursue my interest and to apply and develop the software and mapping skills I'd acquired during my studies. The extensive training provided on a wide variety of topics developed my analytical and reasoning skills, and broadened my understand of facilities, industries and institutions. I thoroughly enjoyed my graduate training and made long-lasting friends within my grad group.

Working for AGO as a GEOINT analyst is tough but very rewarding; you feel that you can really make a contribution with the wider intelligence community, and in turn inform the Australian Defence Force and the Australian Government.
Andrew, Archaeologist and Geospatial Analyst

Defence Intelligence Organisation (DIO)
As a scientist I researched vaccines for third-world diseases and I was determined that in my next career I would contribute to a cause I was equally passionate about. At DIO I have played a role in preventing the proliferation of mass destruction – a cause I was surprised to discover Australia is a world leader in!

I love science but I felt my research career was becoming increasingly narrow. But at DIO the scope of scientific issues I encounter is boundless. My technical expertise is a valued asset and had provided me with a bridge to a new career that involves global events, politics, history and a whole new world of learning.
Greg, Biologist and Intelligence Analyst

Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO)
As someone who graduated from a Computer Science degree and took a graduate position at DSTO, I can say my career thus far has been very rewarding. I have worked on a diverse set of challenging cyber security problems, such as network intrusion detection, machine learning and malware analysis. I have been given the freedom to pursue self-guided research projects, received excellent technical training, and work with highly skilled and motivated colleagues. With ambition and creative thinking you have the ability to prosecute hard problems and really make a difference.
Matt, Computer Scientist and Cyber Defence Analyst

Defence Intelligence STEM careers include:

The Australian Signals Directorate, an independent statutory agency in the Defence portfolio, also offers STEM career opportunities including apprenticeships, cadetships, internships, work experience and scholarships.

The eyes, the ears and the stuff in between…