Job vacancies

We are currently recruiting for the following positions:

Board, Ada Lovelace Institute 

The Ada Lovelace Institute is a new research and deliberative body, funded and incubated by the Nuffield Foundation, with the mission to ensure that data and artificial intelligence work for people and society. With £5 million secured for its first five years, the Institute is already taking a lead on the interaction between data and artificial intelligence (AI) and society in the UK, and building relationships in the public, private and civil society sectors in the UK and internationally.

The Institute, based in Central London, has been established by the Nuffield Foundation in partnership with the Alan Turing Institute, the Royal Society, the British Academy, the Royal Statistical Society, the Wellcome Trust, the Omidyar Network’s Governance and Citizen Engagement Initiative, techUK and the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.

The Nuffield Foundation is now looking to appoint a diverse Board of experienced figures who each bring valuable and distinctive perspectives, skill sets and networks to the Ada Lovelace Institute. The Board will draw together different types of perspectives to help set the strategy for the Institute, support its formation and long-term sustainability. They will identify questions or projects for investigation and deliberation, and will take a leading role in the exploration of those questions through working groups.

We are seeking members with experience from different sectors (civil society, the media, public services, academia, and industry), as well as domain and discipline expertise (in particular philosophy/ethics; data science and artificial intelligence; law, regulation and human rights; social science; public services; health and social care; civic technology and open data, and public engagement or deliberation).

This is an exciting opportunity and candidates will demonstrate enthusiasm and energy for the Ada Lovelace Institute and its mission, with an appetite for creating positive social impact at pace in the field of data and AI. Board members will be expected to act collegiately and contribute to the wider board and strategy of the organisation, beyond their own expertise and will be expected to commit approximately two days per month to the Institute. Appointments will be for three years, with the possibility of extension.

Recruitment for this post is being managed by independent recruiters Saxton Bampfylde. For more information and details of how to apply, download the appointment brief. Length of appointment: 3 to 5 years, honoraria paid. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 23 October 2018.

For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit using reference BAAUF. Alternatively email or telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours). 


Programme Head, Welfare

Contract: Permanent, (although secondments considered)

Location: 28 Bedford Square, London

Hours: 35 per week

Salary: Competitive salary, c.£52,000 depending on experience

The Nuffield Foundation is an independent charitable trust that funds research and programmes to advance social well-being across the UK. We want to improve people’s lives, and their ability to participate in society, by understanding the social and economic factors that affect their chances in life. The research we fund aims to improve the design and operation of social policy, particularly in our three key domains of Education, Welfare, and Justice.

The Foundation is financially and politically independent with an annual expenditure of c.£11 million plus some current additional strategic funds to implement a number of new initiatives and expanded programmes in line with our 2017-22 Strategy.

We have now created a new opportunity for a Programme Head to join our newly appointed Director (Welfare) to help develop and deliver a more ambitious programme of grants to support the organisation’s welfare portfolio.

You will develop and manage a portfolio of research grants and other initiatives that will lead to high-quality research findings and real-world impact that aligns with the 2017-22 Strategy. You will take lead responsibility for building key areas of the Welfare grant portfolio, covering topics such as the labour market, inequality, intergenerational issues, the ageing population, Digital Society and the links between health and economic outcomes.

The ideal candidate will have strong analytical skills, be experienced in carrying out or using mixed methods research and have excellent project and relationship management abilities. You will have substantive professional experience of drawing policy and practice implications from research and of working with institutions to communicate and apply the outputs.

Candidates will need a first degree and ideally a post graduate qualification in the social sciences, or in another subject relevant to the Welfare domain with a strong research methods component such as geography. You will need to demonstrate a breadth of interest across the broad Welfare programme and you should have knowledge of one or more of the topic areas outlined above.

The Job Description including the Person Specification for this role can be found here.

To apply, please send your CV together with a covering letter to to reach us by 5pm on Monday 22 October 2018.