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Researcher - Workplace Impacts of AI

Institute for the Future of Work

Location: London
Salary: £35,000 to £45,000 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 9th February 2024
Closes: 29th February 2024

Location: London, hybrid

Hours: Full-time (37.5 per week), IFOW is currently trialling flexible ways of working.

Contract type 1 year with view to renew

Placement on: ASAP

Closes: 29th February 

Who we are: 

IFOW's mission is to shape a fairer future through better work.  We believe ‘good work’ can be an outcome of technological change, if, and when: government prioritises and creates; regulators steer and intervene; industry develops and models; civil society is engaged and informs; academia carries out research; and industry prioritises and requires.  

Role Overview:

This role will co-create, develop, and evaluate different governance tools, frameworks, methods, and metrics for promoting ‘good work’ through technological disruption and the innovation lifecycle. This will include approaches which involve, anticipate, mitigate, and evaluate systems ‘in the wild’.

Working with the wider team, the Researcher will deliver action-research projects which evaluate the impacts of algorithmic systems, supporting industry Learning Partners using a range of methodologies. The successful candidate will have enthusiasm to work at the intersection of social, legal, technical, and economic questions.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Advance the mission, goals, and ethos of our organisation
  • Understand the importance of ‘good work’ as an ethical and legal framework guiding the implementation of responsible AI
  • Maintain professional relationships with industry partners through action research projects
  • Support, collaboratively conduct, lead high quality research, and action research projects
  • Write blogs, research papers and presentations with an understanding of different audience needs
  • Lead and delivering training to professionals working in AI governance where appropriate
  • Support the wider team in developing funding proposals, responding to relevant items of public policy, and engagement of our network at events
  • Supporting and/or coordinate meetings, workshops, roundtables, and parliamentary activities relating to workplace governance of AI
  • Tracking, evaluating, and improving impact of IFOW’s work

Knowledge, Skills, and Experience     

  • Knowledge of policy and practices relating to governance of algorithmic systems
  • Applied or academic experience researching the social, economic, legal, and ethical impacts of algorithmic systems
  • An interest in the relationship between governance, political economy, and job quality
  • An understanding, through academic or professional training, of the basic workings of algorithmic technologies
  • Good face-to-face communication and the ability to be at ease with people from a wide range of backgrounds
  • A strategic mindset and the ability to offer and receive constructively critical feedback
  • The ability to work both collaboratively and independently, comfortable with making decisions at pace and sometimes in a changing and uncertain environment
  • Strong organisational skills and the ability to stay on top of many large and small tasks simultaneously, as well as a commitment to quality and attention to detail 

Please apply here by submitting your CV and a cover letter of < 500 words (we strongly discourage the use of ChatGPT or similar in applications). 

To help us fulfil our commitment to encouraging diversity and promoting equal opportunities please do fill out our anonymous Equality & Diversity Monitoring Information survey. 

You must have the right to work in the UK - as a small charity, we are not able to sponsor visa applications. 

Should you need to make an application in a different format or require any adjustments as part of the application process, please do not hesitate to contact us at team@ifow.org

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