Job vacancies

We are currently recruiting for these positions:

  1. Associate Directors - Ada Lovelace Institute

  2. Researchers

  3. Student Programmes Coordinator

Associate Directors - Ada Lovelace Institute

Help us create and develop this ground-breaking new Institute

The Ada Lovelace Institute is a new independent research and deliberative body with a mission to examine the impact of data, algorithms and AI on people and society and to promote and support ethical practice in the public interest.With £5 million secured for its first five years (up to 2023), Ada is already taking a lead on defining the complex and far reaching social and ethical implications of developments in the use of data and AI in the UK, and is building relationships 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, Wellcome Trust, Luminate, techUK and the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.

Still in its formative stages, with a Director soon to be appointed and a diverse and influential Board established, we are now seeking two Associate Directors to join us at a senior level to support the Director and help us deliver on our ambitious agenda.

As an Associate Director, you will work with the Director as part of the senior team to develop and establish the new Institute, contributing to the research and strategic agenda, leading on engagement and partnerships and on aspects of governance and operations. You are likely to have strong experience of developing projects or initiatives from inception and have led small teams. You must have a demonstrable interest in the issues surrounding the individual benefits and social consequences of AI and data-driven technologies and the intellectual agility and flexibility to adapt with the Institute as it develops. In addition, you will need to be skilled in either operations/governance of small independent organisations and/or have relevant skills in engagement/convening and developing partnership and financial support. Both Associate Directors will have a role in shaping and managing the research programme.

This is a unique opportunity to help shape and develop the Ada Lovelace Institute at an early stage in its development. For further details please see the full job description.

If you would like to join us in this exciting new venture and help us to ensure we maximise our impact in this space, please send a CV and covering letter to to reach us by Thursday 25 April 2019

Flexible or part time working will be considered, as will secondments.



The Nuffield Foundation is an independent charitable trust with a mission to advance social well-being. We fund research that informs social policy, primarily in Education, Welfare and Justice. To help us with our mission, we are now looking to recruit a number of Researchers to work on a number of new and exciting projects and initiatives – in particular, to help us keep on top of and understand key developments in research and policy in relevant business areas. 

At least one post will focus primarily on research for The Ada Lovelace Institute, a newly created organisation funded and supported by the Nuffield Foundation and its partners, which considers the ethical implications of data and artificial intelligence for people and society. Another post will support our new Family Justice Observatory, whose aim is to support the best possible decisions for children by improving the use of data and research evidence in the family justice system, but may also involve wider work on other initiatives that span the Foundation’s work in social policy

As a Researcher you will be primarily responsible for gathering and summarising information and research evidence, reviewing and analysing data, overseeing the management of information resources, drafting papers and reports, producing and managing publications, and helping build stakeholder networks. You will also coordinate and manage projects. Some relevant work experience in a similar environment is desirable. More important is the ability to demonstrate a keen interest in our mission, and the aims of either the Ada Lovelace Institute or the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory.

You will have a relevant degree which could span a range of disciplines, depending on your particular area of interest – from the humanities and social sciences to the computer sciences, philosophy, law, or mathematics. Experience of a range of research techniques will be required, particularly the ability to review research and data, as will first-class drafting skills acquired either through work experience or academic training, together with a willingness to learn and a flexible and thoughtful approach to the role. You will also have a good grounding in quantitative skills - an essential requirement of the role.

As both the Ada Lovelace Institute and the Family Justice Observatory are still in their development stage, the Researcher roles offer a unique and exciting opportunity to help scope and support their foundational work.

These are permanent posts based at our office in Bedford Square, London. Full or part time applications will be considered as well as flexible working. Salary will be in the range of c£26-£30K (depending on skills and experience).

For further information about the roles please see the full job descriptions:

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to to reach us by 24 April 2019.


Student Programmes Coordinator

Contract: Permanent.

Location: Bedford Square, Central London.

Reports to: Head, Nuffield Research Placements

Salary:  circa £30,000 per annum, dependant on experience

The Nuffield Foundation is an independent charitable trust with a mission to advance social well-being through funding research in education, welfare and justice and our student programmes; Nuffield Research Placements (NRP) and Q-Step.

NRP provides post-16 students an opportunity to work on a 4-6 week research project alongside professional scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians. Over 1000 placements are available across the UK and are aimed at students who come from low income households and do not have a family history of going to university. Our other student programme, Q-Step, aims to create a step change in the development of undergraduate quantitative social science skills in the UK.

We are now seeking an experienced Programme Coordinator to shape and assist in all aspects of the monitoring and coordination of our student programmes

The post holder will play a central role in facilitating the work of the regional NRP coordinators and manage the online application system. They will also be able to influence the development of pilot programmes to complement both Q-Step and NRP and will be expected to represent the Foundation externally. The post holder will work closely on a day-to-day basis with the Head, Nuffield Research Placements, the 2 other members of the Student Programmes team and the wider grants operations team.

The ideal candidate will be an excellent people and programme coordinator with good data-handling skills (including financial information). Candidates with a good working knowledge of the UK education system, science or mathematics education or employer engagement in education would bring notable additional benefits to this role.While the role is varied in nature, there is a strong emphasis on system management and data analysis.

This is a great opportunity to join an exciting organisation and a dynamic team to work on student programmes that make a difference to young people. For full details see the job description.

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to

Closing date: 10.00 am on 26 April 2019