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Early Career Researcher Opportunities

Are you ready to take the next step in your research career?

What is an Early Career Research Opportunity?

An 'Early Career Research Opportunity' is the next-stage in the career of a research scientist/ engineer, or industry professional with more than two-years relevant experience who want to contribute towards DST’s scientific innovations and research outcomes.


If you have qualifications and experience in the following disciplines and would like to be advised when opportunities arise, please email your full name, email address and academic discipline to.

With multiple part-time and full-time positions available across DST's research areas, DST is seeking applications from candidates with qualifications and experience in the following academic 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

Classification and Salary

Early Career Research Opportunities are available at the APS Level 4/5-6 (S&T Level 3-4), $65,133 to $89,449 per annum plus 15.4% superannuation.


Should you have any questions, please contact

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students

At DST, we want a workforce of talented people who excel and innovate by harnessing different views, ideas and experiences. We embrace diversity, and value the contribution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people bring to our workplaces.

Eligible Indigenous students can apply for this program through the Indigenous pathway.

If you apply through this pathway, you will commence in the same program as your peers, under the same conditions.

Any question relating to Indigenous recruitment can be forwarded to the .

Hear from our Early Career Researchers

Daniel Magnano

Daniel is an acoustic engineer at DST who turns scientific ideas into capabilities that support the Australian Defence Force.

Miftar is a laser scientist at DST who is pushing the boundaries of science in the interest of Defence and national security.

Holly McNabb works in the Maritime Division at DST, testing out and learning from new scientific ideas to better understand the undersea environment.

"I think that the work I'm doing is going to be significant in the Defence of the country and in advancing science as a whole." - Sholto Forbes

Prajakta Desai is an Early Career Researcher at DST. Her role focuses on making drones more situationally aware so they can operate effectively in challenging environments.