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MI5 seeks a Q to foil terrorists

THE fictional gadget maestro from the James Bond films — Q — could soon become a reality.

The British security service, MI5, is recruiting a chief scientific adviser to “lead and co-ordinate” its scientific work.

The job is being advertised on MI5’s website, with the successful applicant expected to use his or her expertise to thwart terror operations worldwide.

Candidates for the “unique and challenging” role need to have “world-class scientific expertise and credibility”, “excellent strategic skills”, “outstanding influencing and communication skills” as well as a successful track record of “managing critical projects and processes in a complex environment”.

The post will take up two or three days a week, the blurb adds.

According to the British government’s chief scientific adviser, Professor John Beddington, the new recruit will have to keep up with the latest scientific developments to ensure British intelligence stays one step ahead of the country’s enemies.

He told BBC News: “It will involve a sort of future gazing to see where technology will be taking us in a year or so.

“The chief science adviser has a role to frustrate terrorism, to prevent espionage hurting the UK, protect our critical national infrastructure and to frustrate the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.”

Applications for the job close on April 24.

It could take up to six months to process the applications.


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