Government Office for Science
Permanent (flexible working, full-time, job share and part-time available)
About what we do:
The Government Office for Science (Go Science) ensures that government decision making is informed by the best scientific evidence and strategic thinking. We directly advise the Prime Minister and members of the Cabinet as well as improve the quality and use of scientific evidence across Government. We also support the Independent Council for Science and Technology and continue to develop the Government Science and Engineering (GSE) profession.
This is one of many high-profile roles where you’ll be able to influence policy making and the science and engineering systems of government. If you want to do something unique with your expertise and take on a career-defining challenge, we welcome you to join us.
About the role
You’ll play a central role in our new Emerging Technology Analysis team, developing new methods to identify and present information on new technologies, carrying out quantitative analysis and conducting research to inform policies.
You’ll influence how emerging policy develops at the centre of government and work across disciplines to support long-term policy making from the economy to national security.
Building strong links with other analysts across government is also a key part of the role, as you’ll find new ways to share technology intelligence, reports and data in a user-friendly way.
You’ll also lead on developing your team’s data sources, manage its analytical pipelines and implement digital approaches for sharing information across Whitehall.
Alongside your duties, you’ll be given space to develop new skills and support your longer-term career development.
About our requirements
It’s essential that you can build and test resilient, future-proof data products to support analysis and information sharing based on feeds from multiple systems (for example, through APIs). You’ll also be competent in programming languages such as Python, R, SQL or similar, as well as cloud-based platforms.
A knowledge of testing and documentation standards for complex programs and scripts is also important. You should be comfortable translating concepts into non-technical language and able to deal with a wide range of stakeholders.
An interest in horizon-scanning and an understanding of how science and technology can improve government policy is preferred but not essential.
Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
About our benefits
At Go Science, we’re proud of our welcoming and flexible working culture. With us, you’ll have access to a variety of working arrangements as well as extensive learning and development opportunities. As for other benefits, you’ll be able to take advantage of generous annual leave, a Civil Service pension, staff bonuses and recognition, and an employee assistance programme.
Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 14th March 2021.