Scientific Policy Officer

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Scientific Policy officers provide advice largely to Government organisations on current scientific and technological issues. This may mean advising action to be taken on legislation, government funded programs and schemes, it may also involve the provision of advice on research areas and funding.

Scientific policy officers are required to keep abreast of topical issues across the scientific community and may be required to act in an intermediately role between scientists and those in charge of legislation. Some scientific policy officers specialise in a particular area, for example the environment, economy, defence or science education. To take a specialist role, post-graduate research or training would be expected, additional study/research in other disciplines areas such as political science is also beneficial.