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GSE Opportunities: a secondment at Square Kilometre Array, a call for security innovations, and more

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This first GSE Opportunities blogpost is a collection of vacancies, events and learning and development opportunities for people working in Government Science and Engineering.

Secondment at the Square Kilometre Array

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is a large multi radio telescope project aimed to be built in Australia and South Africa. The successful applicant will lead the transition of SKA from a limited company to an intergovernmental organisation in the next year or two. The role is a stretching G7/6 or possibly SCS1. Applicants should ideally have experience of and working with inter-governmental organisations. Working location is flexible. Please send expressions of interest to and  by close of business on 19 September 2016.

There are a number of job vacancies at Home Office’s Centre for Applied Science & Technology (CAST) open for applicants on Civil Service Jobs.

  1. Scientific Officer (SO). The successful candidate will be assigned to the Chemistry Functional Home in CAST’s Delivery section. They will be deployed onto a variety of projects and services by a Project or Service Manager. Their work might include: undertaking scientific/technical work under supervision, often as part of a team, working to defined objectives; researching technical subjects and providing conclusions and recommendations; designs, conducts and reports on experiments under supervision. CS Jobs code: HOM/1265/16. The deadline for applications is Monday 19th September 2016.
  2. ICT Service Lead (SPTO). CAST maintains a number of locally managed systems to meet the specialist IT needs of our science and engineering staff. The ICT Service Lead will manage these specialist services, leading a small team of IT professionals to deliver and maintain CAST’s specialist IT services to support scientific and engineering work across two sites and 200 users. CS jobs code: HOM/1295/16. The extended deadline for applications is Monday 19th September.
  3. Systems Engineers (SSO, SO). Two successful candidates will join an existing team that contains systems engineers with a broad range of engineering backgrounds including systems engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science and design engineering. The team works with a variety of customers within the Home Office and National Policing, and collaborates with other government departments such as the Ministry of Justice and the Department for Transport. CS job codes: HOM/1128/16 and HOM/1313/16. The deadline for applications is Sunday 11th September.

Funding Call for great ideas for Explosives and Weapons Detection

The Innovative Research Call 2016 for Explosives and Weapons Detection opens on 12 September 2016. This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition run in partnership with Innovate UK. There is a total of £3 million available over 3 years, as part of a 2 phase funding call funded by several UK government departments and the US Department for Homeland Security (DHS).

You can register to attend the associated Bidders’ Conference in Central London on Tuesday 27 September 2016. For more information contact

Internal Combustion technology course

There are four places remaining, open to GSE, on a bespoke, one day “deep dive” course on all aspects of Internal Combustion processes. The technical training team at the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is working with Cardiff University to arrange this course. It will be held in January 2017 at Cardiff University, South Wales or one of their Research Centres. Please send expressions of interest to IPO Technical Training Manager Damien Huxley at by Friday 16th September. Event details will be finalised soon afterwards.

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