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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
  • Rotation specific training to provide you with the skills and knowledge to undertake rewarding, exciting and challenging work
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Permanent position in Defence on successful completion of the program
  • Generous assistance with relocation to your new locality
  • Further personal and professional career development including a DST sponsored PhD.
  • Meetings with the Graduate Management Team and your experience supervisor to discuss your learning and development needs, career aspirations and performance feedback.
  • 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.

Research and Innovation Stream graduates will participate in a comprehensive tailored learning and development program that focuses on scientific leadership foundations, culture, and community to develop a deep understanding of the Defence science context and organisational strategy. This training is in addition any research domain specific training, conference attendances and familiarisation tour. It is expected that Research and Innovation graduates will further develop their research skills through a DST supported PhD within two or three years after the completion of the Graduate Program.

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

Depending on your degree, Research and Innovation Stream graduates can expect to work on a number of cutting edge, challenging and varied roles including:

  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning
  • Cyber Security Data Research
  • Software and security systems
  • Autonomous systems
  • Space systems
  • Data Analytics
  • Mathematical modelling
  • Radar and sonar systems
  • Human Factors and Performance

Next steps

Ready to apply? Find out more about applying at the How to Apply page.

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Quick Details

  • Degree types: Cyber/ Computer Sciences; Electronic/ Electrical Engineering; Mathematics ; Physics; Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering; Naval Architecture; Material Science; Mechatronic Engineering; Mechanical Engineering
  • Salary: $67,100 pa + 15.4% superannuation. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will commence to $73,256 pa + 15.4% superannuation
  • 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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