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Behavioural Scientists

Starting salary: £31,300 - £40,800 depending on skills and experience

Location: London

Challenge yourself. Understand others. Protect us all.

Join our behavioural science team and you’ll enjoy the chance to apply your specialist skills and knowledge to help keep the country safe.

Your role

These are diverse roles that will stretch your existing skills and give you plenty of opportunities to develop new ones. You’ll make a critical contribution to ensuring that the work of MI5 is grounded in the best available scientific evidence. Depending on your skills and knowledge, your work could involve offering specialist advice and support to fast-moving operations, conducting in-house research on threats to national security, working with researchers outside the organisation and with our international partners to identify and translate high quality research, training intelligence officers or advising policy makers.

What you’ll need

With a Masters or doctorate in a behavioural science discipline, you’ll have skills and experience in at least one of these areas:

  • Psychology: particularly forensic, social, personality or occupational psychology (cognitive, clinical, coaching, sports and health psychology are also relevant)
  • Criminology, crime science
  • Anthropology, human geography, area studies, political science
  • Human-computer interaction, human factors, social media analysis, cyber security
  • Forensic linguistics, other applied linguistics
  • Research methods, advanced statistics, ‘big data’

Professional development

Continuous professional development is one of our core values. We will make good use of your existing expertise and support you in developing new skills and knowledge through an excellent programme of professional and personal development. This will include the potential to work in different areas of MI5 and with the other UK security agencies.

About us

MI5 is the UK’s national security agency, responsible for keeping the country safe from a variety of threats, including terrorism, espionage, cyber threats and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. It’s a mission that requires people with a diverse range of skills from many different backgrounds.


To find out more and apply please visit www.mi5.gov.uk/careers

To apply to MI5 you must be a born or naturalised British citizen, over 18 years of age and normally have lived in the UK for nine out of the last ten years. You should not discuss your application, other than with your partner or a close family member, providing they are British. They should also be made aware of the importance of discretion.

Closing date: 23rd September

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