Government Chief Scientific Adviser

Location
London (GB)
Posted
24 Feb 2017
End of advertisement period
26 Mar 2017
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

The Government Office for Science

Government Chief Scientific Adviser

£160,000 - £180,000 (subject to approval)

The Government Office for Science provides a unique and hugely important service to Government. It not only ensures that high-quality advice on scientific issues is available to support government decision making and policy, but it also proactively identifies gaps and opportunities for the UK, particularly in emerging technologies to drive economic growth. GO-Science, also acts as a transmission mechanism between leading scientists, engineers, technologists and social scientists from academia, industry and Whitehall policy makers.

As Government Chief Scientific adviser, you will be the Government's most prominent scientific expert, liaising regularly with the Minister for Science. You will support the Prime Minister, other members of Cabinet and Heads of Department, in ensuring that Government decisions are based on the best possible evidence and analysis.

The Role

  • Ensuring and improving the quality and use of scientific evidence and advice in Government.
  • Heading the Government Foresight and Horizon Scanning activities.
  • Leading the network of departmental Chief Scientific Advisers.
  • Leading the Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies, which advises the PM’s emergency committee, commonly known as COBR.

The Person

  • A first class reputation in science or engineering demonstrated by international recognition and a strong research and publication record.
  • The ability to assimilate, evaluate and interpret scientific findings and advice across the full spectrum of disciplines, where necessary at short notice and under pressure, to command the confidence and support of Ministers and senior officials.
  • Strong leadership skills, and highly developed communication skills, which can be adapted to the needs of a diverse range of audiences.
  • Excellent policy and analytical skills at the strategic level, and the ability to work at the highest levels across academia, business and Government departments, exercising impartial and objective judgement, to achieve the best results for the Government.

For more information, please click on the ‘apply’ button.

Please note the closing date for applications is: 17:00 on Thursday 30th March 2017.

This post is regulated by the Civil Service Commission