The Ministry of Defence is stepping up its recruitment drive to attract data science and cyber security professionals by launching an online game as part of plans to recruit 60 staff to work at the Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (Dstl).
Dubbed "Know the Unknown", the game has been designed to find people to fill roles across a range of areas including data science, cyber and electronics warfare, space, sensors and security systems. It provides an interactive challenge around an incoming threat to which the player has to respond.
The organisation’s stated purpose is "to maximise the impact of science and technology for the defence and security of the UK".
It said it is looking for people with a flair for problem solving, and that ideally candidates will have design and development experience in one or more areas including radar electronic surveillance, digital signal processing, computer science, software engineering, network engineering, data forensics and quantum science.
Dr Paul Kealey, Dstl’s cyber and information systems division head, said: “With defence and security operations becoming increasingly dependent on sensing and information, this recruitment drive represents our commitment to put the latest science and technology in the hands of users.
"What attracted me to Dstl was that every day here is different. Our talented people are having a genuine impact keeping British people and the UK Armed Forces protected from harm.