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GSE Opportunities: A blogging opportunity, Food Standards Agency vacancies and more.

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

Volunteering Opportunity: Increasing Diversity in STEM Careers

GlamSci is a newly established registered charity whose aim is to encourage young people, particularly young women and disadvantaged young men into STEM.

This aligns with the GSE profession’s aspiration to reflect society in terms of age, ethnicity, gender, sexual-orientation, disability and socio-economic background, captured in the recent GSE Strategy.

GlamSci is looking for blog writers from all areas of STEM to contribute to the GlamSci Blog ( This is a great opportunity to reach out to the next generation of scientists and engineers from a wide background.

For further information, please contact Amy King email:

Vacancy: Future Aviation Security Solutions (FASS) programme – HEO Technical lead (DfT)

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a new team responsible for developing and delivering the high profile £25m Future Aviation Security Solutions programme.  The programme will invest in innovative solutions across various aspects of aviation security.  This role will have technical oversight for the portfolio of innovative projects, ensuring they deliver to quality, time and cost, and managing knowledge across them and between programmes being run in other Government Departments.  The vacancy closes on 14 November and can be found on the Civil Service Jobs site.

Vacancies: Chief Scientific Adviser’s Team in the Food Standards Agency.

  1. Publicising and Communicating Research (HSO): This role sits at the heart of the team, leading on publicity and communication for FSA science and on briefing and correspondence. The post holder will provide close support to the SSO leads for a number of high profile, strategic areas, including developing and implementing the new Science Council and annual updates to the public facing forward evidence plan and programme of work. Closing date 15th November. Open for applications on Civil Service Jobs ref: 1513778
  1. Strategic Surveillance Lead (SEO/SSO): The focus of this post is to lead the development, implementation and ongoing delivery of a new approach to surveillance in the FSA, including for emerging risks.  Food surveillance is about asking questions about the food chain, gathering data to answer these questions, drawing conclusions from that data and then disseminating insights in a way that directs risk management activity and supports policy development.  Closing date 15th November. Open for applications on Civil Service Jobs ref: 1513785.

Please contact Alison Spalding for more information.

Vacancy: HSO Chemical Hazards Officer (Defra)

This is an exciting opportunity to drive the success of initiatives at the heart of the UK’s Government Decontamination Service. We’re part of Defra’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Recovery Programme, which means your responsibilities will be wide and varied.

You’ll be instrumental to the success of projects including the assessment of chemical hazards, counter terrorism initiatives and applied research, like the Home Office’s CONTEST Programme. Key responsibilities include liaising with stakeholders across Defra and Whitehall, and taking a leading role in managing projects. Closing date 24th November. Apply through Civil Service job search, Reference 1515380.

The National Science Foundation's 'Ten Big Ideas'

Dr France Córdova, Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and former NASA Chief Scientist, is being hosted by the Royal Society on 16th November to talk about the National Science Foundation's "Ten Big Ideas" and the opportunities and challenges that are facing scientists globally. She will be introduced by Dr Julie Maxton, the Executive Director of the Royal Society. Dr Córdova's talk will be followed by a Q&A session. Registration information. Doors open at 16:15 and the lecture begins at 16:45.

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