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Britain looking for real 'spy science chief'

Taking tips from fictitious spy James Bond, the British intelligence agency is roping in for a technical expert to seek guidance on how to be a step ahead of the enemies, using latest gadgets.

world Updated: Apr 18, 2009 17:26 IST

Taking tips from fictitious spy James Bond, the British intelligence agency is roping in for a technical expert to seek guidance on how to be a step ahead of the enemies, using latest gadgets.

Similar to the character of famous Hollywood detective, who takes advice from his gadget expert 'Q', the intelligence agency MI5 has sought job applications for the post of chief scientific adviser for utilising modern technology in hunting down its foes, the BBC reported.

BBC News has learned that the appointment is intended to assist MI5 in harnessing developments in science and technology that will help the service combat terrorism and support field officers in counter-intelligence activities.

The job has been advertised on MI5's website. According to the ad, the successful applicant will "lead and co-ordinate the scientific work of the Security Service".

"Candidates for this unique and challenging role will need to have world-class scientific expertise, excellent strategic skills and outstanding influencing and communication skills," Professor John Beddington, the top scientific adviser in the UK government, was quoted as saying by the BBC.

"The 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. There's an enormous amount of scientific content in this role," he said.