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Ethics Fellows (x2)

The Alan Turing Institute

Location: London
Salary: £40,000 to £50,000
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 25th March 2020
Closes: 26th April 2020

Placed on: 25/03/2020

Closes: 26/04/2020

Location: British Library, London

The Alan Turing Institute

The Alan Turing Institute is the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence. The Institute is named in honour of the scientist Alan Turing and its mission is to make great leaps in data science and artificial intelligence research in order to change the world for the better.

Public Policy Programme

The Public Policy research programme works alongside policy makers to explore how data-driven public service provision and policy innovation might help to solve long-running societal problems. More information about what we do can be found here.

The Role

The successful Ethics Fellows will report to the Ethics Theme Lead, and work closely with the leadership of the Public Policy programme to support its role as an advisor to public sector organisations; engage in cutting-edge research; and proactivel advance our commitment to inclusive participation in AI governance and regulation.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support the Ethics Theme Lead in achieving the goals of the Public Policy programme by:
    • Carrying out original and high-quality interdisciplinary research;
    • Forming strong relationships with government partners and by initiating values-based conversations on policy direction and innovation;
    • Developing and leading on the Ethics Theme’s public engagement work;
  • Participate in knowledge exchange activities:
    • Representing the Turing at external conferences and events
    • Working with the Institute’s Communications team to ensure that the Turing’s ethics research is effectively promoted
    • Working closely with other members of the programme to maximise its influence on ongoing policy debates
    • Teaching may be required as part of collaboration work

Person Specification


  • A PhD or equivalent experience in a discipline that provides suitable theoretical tools for understanding the ethical issues raised by data science.
  • Experience in applied ethics research and/or technology policy;
  • A record of scientific publication suitable to career stage;
  • A proven ability to communicate research and advocate policy to diverse audiences;
  • An interest in exploring the real-world impact of cutting-edge technology.


  • Experience in a policy environment;
  • Experience in setting up research collaborations involving multiple stakeholders;
  • Experience in understanding and communicating technical aspects of digital innovation;

Terms and Conditions

This full-time post is offered on a permanent basis. The annual salary is £40,000 to £50,000 (dependent on skills and experience) plus excellent benefits, including flexible working and family friendly policies.

Application procedure

If you are interested in this opportunity, please click the apply button below and submit your CV, with contact details for your referees and a covering letter.

If you have questions about the role or would like to apply using a different format, please contact Recruitment on 0203 862 3357 or 0203 862 3340, or email

Closing date for applications: 26 April 2020

Equality Diversity and Inclusion

The Alan Turing Institute is committed to creating an environment where diversity is valued and everyone is treated fairly. In accordance with the Equality Act, we welcome applications from anyone who meets the specific criteria of the post regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender reassignment, marital and civil partnership status, pregnancy, religion or belief or sexual orientation. Reasonable adjustments to the interview process can also be made for any candidates with a disability.

Please note all offers of employment are subject to continuous eligibility to work in the UK and satisfactory pre-employment security screening which includes a DBS Check.

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