Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser
£68,000 – £90,000
The Home Office relies on high quality science and technology, together with research and analysis, which are vital to the Home Office as they provide the capabilities and evidence base underpinning our policies and operational practice across law enforcement, counter terrorism and borders, immigration and citizenship.
The Home Office Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA), Professor John Aston, provides independent scientific advice to the Home Office. He works with the Permanent Secretary, Home Secretary and other Ministers and officials to ensure the best scientific advice is brought to bear on the Home Office’s strategy, policy making and operational decisions. He also works closely with the Government Chief Scientific Adviser, the cross-Government community of CSAs, UK Research and Innovation and other high profile national and international bodies, to share best practice and further develop partnerships.
The Home Office has created a new post of Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser who will directly support the CSA in carrying out his role. You will deputise for the CSA as necessary, leading on some science projects and issues and supporting on others, to ensure the best scientific advice is provided for the department. Work will cut across all areas of Home Office business, including emergency response to critical incidents. You will help ensure that scientific advice and evidence underpin the work of the Home Office, and provide Ministers with the scientific information necessary to inform key strategic decisions.
We are looking for someone with a relevant degree in the physical or social sciences, engineering, or a relevant discipline for which you will be a leading expert from academia, industry or other research environment; or have a solid scientific background with an exemplary track record of using science/analysis within government.
You will have experience of delivering science and technology, broadly interpreted, in a complex environment, be able to work effectively in a multi-disciplinary way, engage and establish strong working relationships at senior levels and demonstrate evidence of working relationships at senior levels and working with complex multiple stakeholder groups across an organisation.
Key to this work will be directly supporting the CSA in developing the wider science strategy for the Home Office and deputising for the CSA in key scientific projects and programmes across Home Office systems.
The post holder reports to John Aston, Home Office Chief Scientific Adviser.
Should you wish to have an informal discussion about the role please contact John on John.Aston@homeoffice.gov.uk.
If this is you, please see the job in more detail on the Civil Service Jobs site.
Closing date: Wednesday 19 December 2018.
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