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GSE Opportunities: Government Data Science conference, Civil Service Learning courses and GSE vacancies

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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.

Learning Opportunity: Government Data Science Conference, 24th April

This event will highlight how data science is being applied to challenges across government. It's also an opportunity to connect communities interested in the better use of data in government including policy makers, analysts and data scientists. We've created an open call inviting proposals for show and tells, demos and short talks at the event. Applications close 28 February. We're welcoming individuals and teams who would like to talk about a specific project they've worked on, an aspect of data science (i.e. machine learning), or how they've approached building data science capabilities in their team. Register your interest in attending now.

Learning Opportunities: Civil Service Learning

As we prepare for our end of year performance reviews, there are learning activities in the Civil Service Learning (CSL) curriculum which can help you get the most out of these vitally important conversations.

You might want to sharpen up your communication skills or learn more about the impact they have. Or perhaps benefit from learning about performance managementcoaching and mentoring, giving feedback or how to improve your leadership behaviours. All these topics, and more, feature in the new-look curriculum.

Visit the CSL website where you can search and browse by subject area or by your personal interests and learning needs.

Vacancy: Technology Futures, Horizon Scanning Team (Grade 7) - Government Office for Science

Horizon scanning helps to ensure that the UK government and the UK economy are prepared for future challenges and opportunities – such as those from climate change, an ageing population or changes in the global economy and the nature of work. You will lead technology-focused projects for the Government Office for Science and Cabinet Office joint Horizon Scanning Team. You will lead work to identify key emerging technologies and interested policy customers.

Candidates should have experience in an innovation or technology-focused role as well as in government policy. The vacancy is advertised at Stage 2 and 3 on the Civil Service Job site where you can find out more information. The closing date is 27th February 2017.

Vacancy: Laboratory Support Service (Technical Grade 1) - CAST

CAST are recruiting three Technical Grade 1(TG1’s) to join the Laboratory Support Service team (LSS) based at St Albans. The LSS maintains over 60 different laboratories, workshops and specialist technical facilities and manages a significant equipment holding.

There are no formal qualification requirements for these posts which would suit candidates interested in enabling and supporting others in delivering scientific and technical outputs.These vacancies are being advertised on the Civil Service Jobs site at stage 4 (posts advertised outside the civil service).The closing date is 10th March 2017.

Vacancy: Chief Scientific Adviser's Team: Publicising and Communicating Research (HSO) - Food Standards Agency

This is a key role at the heart of the FSA’s Chief Scientific Advisor’s Team, ensuring the FSA’s science and its outcomes and data are publicised, communicated and made available for FSA and for others to use.  The post-holder will work closely with the CSA and with senior science and policy colleague across FSA, external experts and stakeholders. They lead on co-ordinating and delivering briefing and correspondence on the strategic science areas lead by the Team. This vacancy is advertised at stage 4. The closing date is 13th March 2017.

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