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GSE Opportunities: call for GSE champions, mentoring event for women in energy, Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation, and more

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

GSE Champions: Help promote Government Science and Engineering

The GSE team are recruiting champions to join the growing GSE champions’ network that promotes and supports the work of the profession. GSE champions act as advocates for the profession, seeking opportunities to raise its profile and improve its outreach within their department, across the Civil Service and to the public.  Anyone, of any grade, in any government body, with an interest in science and engineering, who is enthusiastic about raising the profile and improving the outreach of the GSE profession, can be a champion. Email us for more information:

Fostering Diversity: Mentoring Event for Women in the Energy Sector

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) and several Women’s Networks across the Energy Sector have set up a mentoring and networking event, sponsored by BEIS Permanent Secretary Alex Chisholm, to highlight the benefits of mentoring as an enabler of skills growth in the energy sector, with a focus on the development of females in the industry. The event is aimed at women at all stages in their careers and will take place from 8-10.30am on 15th September at Church House, Dean’s Yard, Westminster, London SW1P 3NZ. Sign up here.

Mini secondment to the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV)

A 2.5 week secondment to provide insight into CCAV’s approach to Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (“the first robots”) and to contribute to their evidence base. Time split across CCAV and industry/academia (tailored according to individual requirements). The successful applicant will produce a specific piece of work for CCAV and a short paper setting out learning points and actions applicable to the home department. Interested candidates should outline in advance their background and objectives from the secondment in order for a programme to be tailored/scheduled. To apply, email:

Vacancy: Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation

A new funding body – UK Research and Innovation – is being established to bring together the nine existing Government funding bodies. UKRI will provide overall strategic direction, representing the sector’s interests globally, and maximising the value Government investment in research and innovation. The Chief Executive will work closely with Ministers, the interim Chair, and stakeholders across the sector, to establish the new organisation, building vital relationships, developing strategy, and putting the working model for the new system in place. More information and how to apply can be found online. The closing date is 26th September 2016.

Vacancy: Met Office Chief Scientist

The Met Office is the UK’s internationally-renowned national weather and climate service. We have provided world-leading weather forecasts for more than 150 years and our public services are a part of the everyday life for the British public. We are seeking an eminent scientist with a world class reputation in atmospheric sciences to ensure that we remain at the cutting edge of weather and climate science. As Chief Scientist you will enable us to exploit this science to deliver our mission: protecting life and property, enhancing well-being and contributing to economic growth. More information and how to apply can be found online. The closing date is 26th September 2016.

Vacancy: Transport Security Science & Technology Adviser (HEO), Department for Transport

The Research, Analysis and Development (RAD) team provides scientific advice to support DfT’s transport security policy and operational needs to protect our transport networks from terrorist risks.  The team delivers a £5M pa programme of wide-ranging and innovative research to support that advice. A vacancy has arisen in the team for an HEO; the post holder will lead on projects, technical advice and international engagement for aspects of aviation security S&T. More information on the role can be found on Civil Service Jobs. The closing date is 13th September.

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