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Dstl is an executive agency of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) providing world-class expertise and delivering cutting-edge science and technology for the benefit of the nation and allies, including through its operational research capability.

Dstl operational research analysts, wargamers and data scientists support the MOD and wider Government to ensure that intelligent decision-making shapes UK defence and security. We use our own expertise and our extensive partnerships with industry, academia and international partners, to develop and provide a broad range of impartial evidence-based analysis. Our analysis is used to inform time-critical decisions relating to current operations, investment decisions relating to procurement for the next generation of military capability, through to research decisions regarding the early stage development of generation-after-next technology.

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Smith Institute leverages operational research, data science and innovative AI with deep mathematical understanding to deliver a better tomorrow, economically, socially, and environmentally.

We specialise in custom-built optimisation and explainable decision support systems, guiding clients from initial concept to production readiness. By applying the latest mathematical thinking, advanced statistical techniques, and compelling visualisations, we reveal the insights behind the data to deliver confidence, assurance and a strategic advantage in rapidly evolving landscapes.

Our work helps clients in energy, transport, security, fast moving consumer goods and telecommunications to unlock the potential of their data, solve their most complex challenges and make optimal strategic decisions. All of this is underpinned by strong mathematical foundations and a dedication to operational research principles.

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The University of Bristol Business School is a new school with a long legacy of challengers, leaders, and academic excellence in the world of Accounting, Finance, Management and Marketing.

We are reshaping business education and research, to have a major impact on the grand challenges of society today and the world of tomorrow. We are preparing our students for new ways of working, equipping them with systemic thinking, geo-political awareness, and a sense of global responsibility. With students from more than 50 countries, our teaching enriches the lives of many young people from around the world. The achievements of their predecessors, our distinguished alumni, illustrate our University’s significant contribution to society.

When it comes to research, we are beyond the boundaries of business. The school has a strong track record in research that impacts our world, and according to the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 88% of our Business and Management research is rated as “world-leading” or “internationally excellent”. We strive to influence policymakers and regulators as they, in turn, respond to changes in the world around us. Our research addresses globalisation processes, inequalities, digital innovations, and a recognition of environmental and social sustainability and other challenges that face individuals, communities, and organisations.

The University of Bristol Business School is based in the heart of a creative, innovative, green city known worldwide for its independent spirit. The city is also home to SETSquared, the world’s top university business incubator (UBI Global, 2019), and many multinational companies, including the Big Four accounting firms.

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The Government Operational Research Service (GORS) supports policy-making, strategy and operations in many different departments and agencies and employs over 1,300 analysts, from placement students and recent graduates to Senior Civil Servants.

GORS analysts bring intellectual rigour to the decision-making process. We are the analytical minds behind many of the Government's policies - policies which, when brought into being, touch the lives of everyone in the UK. Through various scientific and mathematical techniques, we ensure evidence based policy making.

If you have a background in mathematics, statistics, physics, data science, engineering or another numerate discipline and want to use those skills for the benefit of everyone in the UK, then GORS is the place for you.

The Civil Service has high standards for diversity and inclusion which include ensuring that recruitment is on merit based on fair and open competition, to attract the best talent from all backgrounds.

Where could you work? Roles are available in most UK cities.

What opportunities are there? GORS offers summer and year-long sandwich placements, which will be available to apply for on Civil Service Jobs.

GORS runs two recruitment rounds each year for permanent graduate jobs, which will also be available to apply for on Civil Service Jobs.