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GSE Opportunities: Women in Tech event, S&T Honours and 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.

Science and Technology Honours Nominations for New Year 2018

GSE members are invited to help identify suitable individuals whose outstanding achievements and impact in their fields of expertise, are worthy of recognition by the Science and Technology Honours Committee in the New Years Honour list for 2018. The honours list should properly represent the diversity of the population at large and so this is something to be aware of when considering nominations.

More information about the process, the qualifying criteria for nominees and a nomination form can be found on the guidance pages. The deadline for nomination is 28th April 2017.

Event: The ADMLC Uncertainty Seminar - 3rd May

The Atmospheric Dispersion Modelling Liaison Committee (ADMLC) facilitates the exchange of ideas and highlights where there are gaps in knowledge in the field of atmospheric dispersion, and provides guidance to, and endorses good practice in, the dispersion modelling community.

The themes for this seminar include quantifying, reducing and communicating uncertainty and decision making in uncertainty. A broad range of high quality speakers from government departments and academia will be highlighting where advances in the science have been made and where further work in the field is still required. The seminar will be held on Wednesday 3rd May 2017 at the European Space Agency (ESA), Fermi Avenue, Harwell Campus. If you would like to attend please contact Peter Bedwell (

Event: Women in the tech sector: education, company cultures and business benefits - 9th May

This is a Westminster eForum Keynote Seminar, that is an opportunity to take stock of progress on increasing the number of women in the field of technology, and next steps for policy, business practice and realising commercial opportunities. Key note speakers include Susan Bowen, Vice President and General Manager EMEA, Cogeco Peer 1 and Chair of The Women in Tech Council, techUK and Sarah Drinkwater Head of Campus, London, Google.

Complimentary passes are available for central government officials. Find out more about the event and how to sign up.

Vacancies: 3 Team Leader roles (Grade 7) - Government Office for Science

Working at the leading edge of the science-policy interface, the Government Office for Science ensures that government, from the Prime Minister and Cabinet down, has access to the best scientific advice possible when developing policy. As part of the Go-Science team, you will support the Government Chief Scientific Adviser (Sir Mark Walport).

There are 3 posts available, based within the Sustainable Economy Directorate and the Science and Security Directorate. A background in or a knowledge of the UK's Business and Innovation Landscape and project management skills would be desirable, although not essential.

Closing date: 2nd May 2017.

The adverts can be found on the Civil Service Jobs site. Ref. no: 1534833

Vacancies: 2 Laboratory roles, Home Office CAST

Both roles can be found on the Civil Service Jobs site.

  1. Laboratory Support Service Team Member (Technical Grade 1): 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 this post which would suit candidates interested in enabling and supporting others in delivering scientific and technical outputs. Closing date: 9th April.
  2. Laboratories and Equipment Coordinator (Higher Professional Technical Officer): The successful candidate will undertake the role of Laboratories and Equipment (L&E) Coordinator and will have overall responsibility for the delivery of the laboratories and equipment service element within Enabling Services. Closing date: 10th April.

Vacancies: 2 Roles in Chief Scientific Adviser's Team, Food Standards Agency

There are two Senior Scientific Officer posts available, that offer challenging and exciting roles at the heart of FSA’s science programmes.  They sit in the Chief Scientific Advisor’s Team, which develops FSA’s strategic science programmes and networks and ensures science is integrated across FSA. Both roles can be found on the Civil Service Jobs website.

  1. Strategic Evidence Delivery Lead:  The post holder will develop this programme, which funds strategic and innovative projects and partnerships. They will also take a lead on horizon scanning, building engagement with work in government and externally and ensuring it links to and informs FSA's strategic science work and our wider priorities. Closing date 24th April.
  2. Science communication and Partnerships lead: The post holder will lead in developing strategic science partnerships and ensuring these deliver impact for FSA. This post will require engagement and negotiation at senior levels, working with external bodies, government and in other expert communitites in the UK and internationally. This is a fixed-term appointment, for up to 10 months (May 2017 - February 2018). Closing date 24th April.

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