Project Research Officers - Government Office for Science

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Internship 6 months London, UK

Uploaded 11 Jul 2018

Job Description

The Government Office for Science (GOS) is looking for enthusiastic and talented individuals to join our team as graduate interns. GOS interns work on a wide range of important, high-profile science and policy issues, and play an essential role in helping GOS to meet its objectives. 

GOS supports the Government Chief Scientific Adviser to ensure that government policies and decisions are informed by the best possible evidence and advice. These internships provide an excellent opportunity to play a key role in diverse, fast-moving, and collaborative work across government. Interns will gain experience and understanding of working in the Civil Service and how scientific evidence supports decision making in government. Previous interns have found jobs across the Civil Service (including within GOS); in the private sector; and in organisations such as the Royal Society following their internships. 

Interns may have the opportunity to work flexibly between teams, as the departments' work and priorties develop quickly. These positions are fixed-term, full-time appointments for a period of six months, with the possibility of extension. Flexible working arrangements will be available with line manager approval. 

Staff are encouraged to take advantage of developmental and mentoring schemes, as well as five learning and development days and three volunteering days annually. 

About the Role: 

We are recruiting for 17 internships to help support a dynamic programme of projects that reflect the aims of the Government Chief Scientific Adviser - to provide scientific advice to the Prime Minister and members of the cabinet; and to ensure that the government has access to internal and external scientific capability. 

Typically we work at the science-policy interface on a portfolio of projects - these are diverse, interdisciplinary, and require cross-departmental engagement. We aim to create and support connections between officials and the science community to improve the quality and use of evidence in decision making. 

These internships provide an exciting opportunity to support the work of the department and the Government Chief Scientific Adviser in delivering evidence to inform policy making across government. The areas where vacancies currently exist include: 

• Conducting horizon scanning exercises to understand the impact of disruptive and innovative technologies on government and the UK. 

• Contributing to Foresight projects which support the government’s thinking about the future. 

• Supporting the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, the government’s network of Chief Scientific Advisers, and the wider science and engineering community through the Government Science and Engieneering Profession. 

• Supporting a rolling programme of projects on a range of issues including social care, health, local economies, air quality, emerging technologies, and the government’s Industrial Strategy. 


Person Specification

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds, who are keen to develop their skills and apply their talents. You should be self-motivated with excellent research and analytical skills, communication and organisational abilities, an ability to work at pace, and a willingness to engage with a varied programme of work. The internship will further develop your abilities in these areas, as well as the skills required for working in the Civil Service and beyond. 


A degree of at least undergraduate level in a scientific or other analytical discipline is required for all graduate internships. Please provide full details of qualifications held – you will be required to provide original certificates at interview.


We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:

  • Making effective decisions
  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Building capability for all
  • Delivering at pace
  • Seeing the big picture

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