Job vacancies

We are currently recruiting for the following vacancies:

1.  Head of Research, Ada Lovelace Institute

2. Trustees for new Board, Ada Lovelace Institute

Head of Research, Ada Lovelace Institute

Salary circa £58,000 - £62,000 per annum dependent upon experience

About the Ada Lovelace Institute

The Ada Lovelace Institute is a research and deliberative body with a mission to ensure that data and AI work for people and society. Ada works at the intersection of research, policy, technology and public engagement, reaches stakeholders from across the public and private sectors, and aims to ensure that the development of new data driven technologies is informed by rigorous research into their ethical and societal impacts.

As a new organisation, Ada is in the process of building a small and diverse team of individuals with a wide variety of professional backgrounds in human rights, science, philosophy, law and software engineering. We are actively seeking to bring diverse ideas and identities into the Ada Lovelace Institute, and to explore novel and innovative ways of researching, influencing policy and engaging the public.

The role

We are now looking to hire a Head of Research to define, develop and implement our research agenda. Whilst the role is envisaged to be full-time, we are open to secondments or fixed-term appointments which may allow for potential applicants to temporarily step away from an existing academic or private sector post.

The Head of Research will work collaboratively with the Ada team to develop Ada’s organisational strategy and vision, providing expert advice on how Ada can draw from, synthesise, support and amplify existing and new research to achieve its strategic aims.

The successful candidate will have a strong background in inter-disciplinary academic research, and an ability to think creatively about using research to achieve policy objectives. Our Head of Research will need familiarity with the research landscape in the UK and, over time, will build familiarity with the international research landscape.

Ada is an organisation working on topics which cross-sect the humanities, social sciences and computer sciences. We are open to hiring a Head of Research with a background in any of those disciplines; what is important is that they will be enthusiastic about bridging disciplines, building networks of researchers across domains and bringing together diverse research to support Ada’s strategic objectives.

As the Ada team grows, the Head of Research will manage staff assigned to the Research Team, as well as fellows and interns, and will have budgetary responsibility. Given that Ada is a small organisation, the post holder must be willing to turn their hand to a wide variety of tasks, large and small, and relish the opportunity to be part of a start-up initiative. In an organisation working on cutting edge and fast-paced issues, the Head of Research will be an integral part of a flexible team that will prioritise close collaboration, interdisciplinary approaches and dynamic ways of working.

Please see the full job description for further information. To apply please send your CV and covering letter explaining how your experience matches the requirements detailed in the person specification on the job description to by the closing deadline of 08 November 2019.

The Nuffield Foundation is an employer that values the diversity of its workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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Trustees for new 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 emerging as a leading independent voice on the ethical and societal impacts of data and artificial intelligence (AI) and society, 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, Luminate, techUK and the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.

The recently established Board currently consists of six Trustees, led by Executive Chair Sir Alan Wilson.  Adopting a collaborative approach, its role is to oversee the Institute’s governance, provide strategic direction and play a key role in identifying opportunities for impact and long-term sustainability.

The Board is now looking to expand its membership to include at least two additional experienced figures who each bring valuable and distinctive perspectives, skill sets and networks to the Ada Lovelace Institute. The additional Trustees should bring new perspectives and areas of expertise to the Institute’s Board, including senior academic or professional experience in law, data science, health, media, economics, civil society or the private sector. Seeking to be as diverse as possible, an increase in breadth of gender, ethnicity, and geographical representation would also be welcomed.

This is an exciting opportunity for those with an appetite for creating positive social impact at pace in the field of data and AI. Board members will be expected to work 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 initially. As the Institute undergoes a period of growth, the Institute’s Board meets six times a year at the Nuffield Foundation in London. Candidates will need to be available to attend Board meetings in person; travel support is available for Board members based throughout the UK and Europe. Closing Date:  27 October 2019. Length of appointment: 3 years, honoraria paid.  Further information on the Institute’s aims and mission can be found here.

To apply please send your CV and covering letter explaining the experience and skills that you would bring to the board to

Interviews will take place on Monday 11 November 2019 at the Nuffield Foundation, 28 Bedford Square, WC1B 3JS.