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Research Assistant in Data Justice and Global Ethical Futures

The Alan Turing Institute

Location: London
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 9th December 2022
Closes: 8th January 2023
 

HOURS: 36

CLOSES: Sunday 8th January 2023 at 23:59

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.

ROLE PURPOSE

his position 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 four ongoing projects detailed below; however, it is expected that they will collaborate with the team and when necessary, work across projects.

Among the ongoing projects in which the Research Assistant may be actively involved are:

  • Developing innovative curricular material and delivery methods for our national Turing Commons training platform;
  • Producing an algorithmic impact assessment and assurance framework with a concentration on international human rights as well as an accompanying user’s guide;
  • Advancing global and intercultural perspectives on data justice through collaborative research and public engagement;
  • Supporting the development of a global AI policy and governance network that brings together civil society organisations, policymakers, developers, and impacted communities to explore some of the most pressing AI and technology policy issues facing the society of tomorrow.
  • The successful candidates will report to the Research Associate for Data Science and Ethics. The post holders will work closely with academics and policymakers in an interdisciplinary, dynamic, and collaborative environment.

DUTIES AND AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

  • Assist the Public Policy Programme’s Ethics Theme 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

Please see our portal for a full breakdown of the Job Description. 

Terms and Conditions

This full time post is offered on a fixed term basis for 2 years. The annual salary is £36,236 plus excellent benefits, including flexible working and family friendly policies, https://www.turing.ac.uk/work-turing/why-work-turing/employee-benefits

The Alan Turing Institute is based at the British Library, in the heart of London’s Knowledge Quarter.

We are currently assessing the results of our hybrid working trial, which ran for six months. We will soon publish a long-term workplace policy: as a guide, we anticipate this will be between 2-4 days per month. Some roles may require the jobholder to spend a greater number of days in the office, but the hiring manager will be able to confirm this during the interview

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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