Job vacancy: Head of Research Partnerships, Ada Lovelace Institute

5 March 2020

The Ada Lovelace Institute is seeking a Head of Research Partnerships to define, develop and implement our research agenda.

About the Ada Lovelace Institute

The Ada Lovelace Institute is a research and deliberative body with a mission to ensure that data and AI work for people and society. Ada works at the intersection of research, policy, technology and public engagement, reaches stakeholders from across the public and private sectors, and aims to ensure that the development of new data driven technologies is informed by rigorous research into their ethical and societal impacts.

Ada was established by the Nuffield Foundation in 2018 and building a small and diverse team of individuals with a wide variety of professional backgrounds in human rights, science, philosophy, law and software engineering. We are actively seeking to bring diverse ideas and identities into the Institute, and to explore novel and innovative ways of researching, influencing policy and engaging the public. This position will be employed by the Nuffield Foundation.

About the role

We are now looking to hire a Head of Research Partnerships to define, develop and implement our research agenda. The postholder will work collaboratively with the Ada team to develop Ada’s organisational strategy and vision, providing expert advice on how Ada can draw from, synthesise, support and amplify existing and new research to achieve its strategic aims.

You will also be responsible for:

  • Identifying opportunities to expand Ada’s network amongst academic, technical and corporate communities.
  • Supporting the Director in executing their responsibilities related to staff management, Board reporting and financial and strategic management.
  • Identifying and scoping the resources, conditions and partnerships necessary for executing research objectives, and working with the Director to build these into Ada’s financial and strategic planning, managing the Research budget and fulfilling reporting functions.
  • Managing staff, including providing direct line management and day-to-day supervision.
  • To review, scope and commission research activities in line with Ada’s strategy.
  • Develop relationships with external partners and networks, looking for opportunity to capitalise on, synthesise, build on or communicate others’ research in this field.
  • Ensuring the organisation stays abreast of developments in, and builds credibility in, the data/AI/ethics space.
  • Acts as the key liaison to the JUST AI academic network, and support network activities such as convenings and workshops.
  • Oversee and project manage ad hoc programmes of work as agreed with the Senior Management Team, coordinating staff from across teams, keeping abreast of timelines, ensuring lines of reporting are clearly established, ensuring project objectives and milestones are met or revised where necessary.
  • Oversee reporting and evaluation of programme activities.
  • Work with the Senior Management Team and Nuffield’s Communications Team to ensure strategic communication of research priorities and activities, and ensure that they inform, respond to and connect with policy, strategy and research objectives.
  • Work closely with Ada’s public engagement and policy team, contribute to the development of Ada’s positions on emerging and relevant public policy issues.
  • Represent the Ada Lovelace Institute publicly at conferences and meetings.
  • Look for opportunities to inform policy-making and practice with Ada’s research.

About you

Ada is an organisation working on topics which cross-sect the humanities, social sciences and computer sciences. We are open to hiring a Head of Research with a background in any of those disciplines; what is important is that you will be enthusiastic about bridging disciplines, building networks of researchers across domains and bringing together diverse research to support Ada’s strategic objectives.

In particular we are looking for:

  • Understanding and demonstrable expertise in designing and undertaking inter-disciplinary research
  • Experience of communication of research outcomes to a variety of audiences (including policy audiences or the public); translating research to influence policy-makers or practitioners; and building networks of researchers and experts across disciplines and across academic, technical and corporate domains.
  • Ability to critically analyse and asses the validity, rigour, importance and impact of existing and potential research, with a view to strategic research design and implementation.
  • A relevant Masters in science and technology studies, social science, data governance and information law, or ethics (or equivalent professional experience in one of these fields).
  • An understanding of technical domains such as artificial intelligence, data science and machine learning
  • An enthusiastic, dynamic and agile team player who takes the initiative and can work independently.

Salary circa £59,000 – £64,000 per annum (dependent upon experience). Permanent (will consider fixed term and secondment arrangements)

To apply please send your CV and a covering letter explaining how your experience matches these requirements to by the closing date.

The Nuffield Foundation is an employer that values the diversity of its workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Advert posted: 5 March 2020

Closing date: midday on 5 April 2020.

Interviews: Interviews will take place on the 14 and/or 15 April 2020.