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Research Assistant, Data Justice and Global Ethical Futures

The Alan Turing Institute

Location: London
Salary: £34,500 plus excellent benefits
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 8th September 2021
Closes: 3rd October 2021

The Alan Turing Institute

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


The Public Policy Programme is looking to recruit several Research Assistants in Global Ethics Futures to provide crucial support for our ongoing research projects within the Ethics Theme. These two-year positions will involve assisting the Ethics Theme in research and writing tasks, being directly involved in existing research, and helping to extend this research by facilitating the Turing’s engagement with external partners. Successful candidates will each focus primarily on one of the three ongoing projects detailed below; however, it is expected that they will collaborate with the team and when necessary, work across projects.

The successful candidates will report to the Ethics Theme Lead. The post holders will work closely with academics and policymakers in an interdisciplinary, dynamic, and collaborative environment.


  • Assist the Public Policy Programme’s Ethics Theme and postdoctoral research associate in the development and delivery of research outputs. This work may include both desk and field research duties with a view to creating actionable policies, best practices, and other recommendations.
  • Help the Public Policy programme organise workshops, events, and public engagement exercises.
  • Participate in internal seminars of relevant research interest groups, as well as external meetings with representatives of government agencies, third sector organisations, and the media.

Person Specification

  • A Master’s degree awarded in a discipline with a specialism that provides suitable theoretical tools for understanding the ethical issues raised by data science, AI, and related digital technologies, and their social implications. Equivalent professional experience will also be considered.
  • Excellent communication skills in writing and speaking.
  • Interpersonal skills relevant to working as part of a multi-disciplinary team and communicating with stakeholders in academia, the public sector, and industry.
  • Ability to work flexibly, prioritising tasks to meet deadlines and maintaining a high standard of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrable organisational skills.
  • Experience supporting research including desk-based literature review, content analysis and summary, and compiling and formatting bibliographic material.
  • Strong interest in digital technologies, and in related ethical debates; strong knowledge of existing AI ethics and governance frameworks.
  • A demonstrated interest in the mission of the Alan Turing Institute, and in exploring the real-world impact of cutting-edge technology.Please see our portal for a full breakdown of the Job Description. 

Terms and Conditions

This is a full-time post on a 2-year fixed term contract length. The salary range offered for the role is £34,500 plus excellent benefits, including flexible working and family friendly policies,

Application procedure

Please see our jobs portal for full details on how to apply and the interview process. 

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 reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy and maternity, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.  Reasonable adjustments to the interview process can also be made for any candidates with a disability.

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