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Through the Research and Innovation Stream, Defence Science and Technology (DST) is seeking high-performing Honours graduates to support the delivery of specialist scientific advice and innovative technology solutions to safeguard Australia and its national interests.


  • A dedicated Graduate Management Team that will guide and advise you throughout your program.
  • Tailored suite of learning and development opportunities to allow each individual to progress their professional, technical, research and personal skills.
  • Rotation specific training to provide the skills and knowledge to undertake rewarding, exciting and challenging work.
  • Participation in DST senior research staff mentoring program.
  • Experience applying research skills to complex research problems that will contribute to Australia’s Defence and National Security.
  • A three-day familiarisation tour visiting Navy, Army and Air Force bases to meet members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and interact with military equipment.
  • 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.


As one of Australia’s largest employers of scientists and engineers, DST delivers expert, impartial advice and innovative solutions for Defence and national security.

DST’s vision is to be a world leader in defence science and technology – indispensable in transforming the ADF and Australia’s national security.

Headed by the Chief Defence Scientist, DST have an annual budget of approximately $408 million and employ approximately 2300 staff, predominantly scientists, engineers, IT specialists and technicians. DST have a presence in nearly every state and territory in Australia, with the national headquarters situated in Canberra, and research facilities in Melbourne, Edinburgh (in the northern suburbs of Adelaide), Canberra, Brisbane, Sydney, HMAS Stirling at Rockingham (near Perth), Scottsdale in Tasmania, and Innisfail in northern Queensland.

DST work closely with industry, universities and the scientific community to enhance their combined ability to support Australia’s defence and national security capabilities and to contribute to national wealth.

As part of the Defence Graduate Program, the Research and Innovation (R&I) stream is a dedicated Science and Technology pathway that leads to graduate employment at DST. The R&I program consists of two-rotations (8 & 4 month) across major science and technology capability areas within DST or more broadly in Defence and provides graduates the opportunity to apply the knowledge learnt through their undergraduate degree to real-life, cutting-edge Defence research programs.

Candidates must have completed a minimum of a relevant Honours degree with no more than 2-years relevant experience and want to further develop their research skills through a DST supported PhD in the future.

DST has graduate opportunities available in the following discipline areas:

  • Aerospace/ Aeronautical Engineering, and Naval Architecture
  • Computer Sciences, IT, Software Engineering, Telecommunications
  • Electronic/ Electrical Engineering
  • Psychology and Social Sciences
  • Materials Science
  • Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering (including robotics)
  • Chemical, Radiological, Biological and Food sciences
  • Mathematics and physics

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: $68,442 pa + 15.4% superannuation. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will advance to APS 4: $76,215 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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