About us

Headed up by Sir Patrick Vallance, the Government Science & Engineering (GSE) Profession is an active group of people with one goal in common: to make a real difference through science and engineering in government. To do this, we want to help embed science and engineering into government decision-making, and raise the capability of individual scientists and engineers in government.

Whether you are a scientist or engineer, or a decision-maker who is interested in utilising expertise in these areas – the GSE Profession welcomes you and can provide you with tools to support your career.

What we offer

  • Connect you to science and engineering specialists as well as expertise across government
  • Signpost resources that can help support your career path
  • Signpost science and engineering-related learning, suitable for all abilities and backgrounds
  • Help in understanding the breadth and diversity of roles scientists and engineers have in government
  • Keep you up-to-date with the latest news, offers, opportunities, and networks 


Having a skillset that combines technical expertise with leadership and adaptability of working in both technical and non-technical environments will make you widely employable across the civil service. 

You may wish to specialise in specific areas or take on technical leadership and oversight roles, possibly influenced by your previous academic qualifications and experiences. You may want to apply your scientific or engineering mindset to a policy or operational delivery role by helping shape robust policy questions, and future-proofing solutions. Alternatively, you may decide to go into more direct leadership and management roles in non-technical environments, but still be affiliated with the science and engineering profession and continue to help promote science and engineering and the use of evidence-based decision making across government.

Whichever path you eventually choose, the GSE Profession will develop you into a confident and inspiring future senior leader in the civil service - supporting our ambition to put science and engineering at the heart of government policy

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What could you be doing?

  • Conducting critical analyses on large datasets
  • Modelling a public health crisis
  • Creating new food standards
  • Generating evidence around energy infrastructure
  • Sharing scientific evidence across government
  • Evaluating new equipment and technologies
  • Overseeing inter-city transport projects
  • Building our future S&E capability

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