Job vacancy: Researcher (Legal)

6 April 2020

The Ada Lovelace Institute is seeking a Researcher (focusing on legislative and regulatory policy), to support the work of the Institute by carrying out relevant research, drafting and editing papers and reports and overseeing the management of information resources.

Salary: Circa £34,000 per annum (dependent upon experience)
Contract: Permanent – 35 hours per week (flexible working considered)
Closing date: 12pm (midday), Thursday 16th April 2020

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 as a new organisation, is in the process of 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 Ada Lovelace Institute, and to explore novel and innovative ways of researching, influencing policy and engaging the public.

The role  
As a Researcher (focusing on legislative and regulatory policy), you will support the work of the Institute by carrying out relevant research, drafting and editing papers and reports and overseeing the management of information resources. You will also be responsible for organising meetings and workshops, drafting presentations and speeches, and managing the production of publications.

You will have experience of a range of social research technique and excellent drafting skills, supported by a relevant degree (or Masters) which could have been obtained from a range of disciplines – from social or political sciences, computer sciences, philosophy and ethics, law or history of science. You will be required to develop working relationships with external organisations and individuals, and attend meetings on behalf of the Institute, so excellent interpersonal skills are essential. Of equal importance is a willingness to learn and to take a flexible and thoughtful approach to the role, and to demonstrate a keen interest in our missions and the specific projects including AI and data ethics, family justice, responsible research and innovation and wider policy.

As the Institute is still in its infancy, this position offers a unique and exciting opportunity to help scope and support their foundational work.

Click here to download the full job description.

How to apply
To apply, please click through to our online portal where you can submit your CV and covering letter explaining how your experience matches the requirements detailed in the person specification.

The closing date for applications is midday on Thursday 16 April 2020. Interviews are scheduled to take place the week commencing 27 April 2020.

We are an employer that values the diversity of its workforce and welcome applications from all sections of the community.  Requests for flexible working will be considered.

Please note that candidates must have the existing right to work in the UK.