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GSE Opportunities: Vacancies in the Government Office for Science

What is the Government Office for Science?

The Government Office for Science (GOS or GO-Science) is an independent department that comes under the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) for housekeeping purposes.

Headed by the Government Chief Scientific Adviser (GCSA), its purpose is to advise the Prime Minister and Cabinet on all matters related to science and to ensure that government policies and decisions are informed by the best scientific evidence and strategic long-term thinking.

We have two main objectives:

  • To ensure we have science advice mechanisms that are efficient, effective, speak truth to power and are embedded irreversibly in Government systems.
  • To deliver visible impact through both pro-active and demand-led science advice that is relevant, excellent, and delivered fit for purpose

Get involved

The Government Office for Science is currently recruiting and has vacancies from HEO level up to Deputy Director.

Project and Resilience advisers (HEO)

The Government Office for Science is recruiting for 4 HEOs vacancies across the project and resilience teams.

Three posts are available in the division leading on projects, emerging technology and futures work. This includes acting as the hub of the Government Office for Science and UK Government's futures work, leading on horizon scanning (jointly with Cabinet Office). Projects range in scale, and can be both proactive or demand led. Current examples include work focused on obesity, genomics beyond health, and the future of global data systems. The team also supports GO-Science's Secretariat to the Science Advisory Group on the Grenfell Tower environmental programme.

One post is available in the division focused on resilience, working on international resilience. This will involve evaluating, building and contributing to international resilience mechanisms to improve the response to emergencies.

Further details available on the Civil Service Jobs website.

Reference: 1635820

Closing date: Monday 24th June 2019

Science and Systems (Deputy Director)

This is a new position, which has been designed to take the lead in support of the Government Chief Scientific Adviser’s priority to transform the ways in which government commissions and uses scientific evidence, and plans and manages research and development in pursuit of its aims. It is one of three Deputy Director posts in GO-Science and corresponds to the first of GO-Science’s strategic objectives set out in the candidate pack.

The work will involve leading a very significant programme of process and cultural change which is just beginning to deliver – for instance, with last year’s Budget announcement of the creation of a new annual £50 million fund for R&D in support of government’s objectives. The postholder will be responsible for developing and leading this government-wide programme, bringing stronger co-ordination, leadership and professionalism to the ways in which government science systems operate.

Further details available on the Civil Service Jobs website.

Reference: 1635675

Closing Date: Sunday 30th June 2019


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