This Senior Technology and Policy Advisor will join the Centre's Analyse and Anticipate team, supporting the delivery of some of the most important outputs of the Centre. This includes monitoring risks, opportunities and governance gaps relating to AI and data-driven technology; and investigating pressing issues to better understand their causes, consequences and potential remedies.
We are looking for a candidate who demonstrates a strong grasp of how AI and data-driven technology operates on a technical level, which will allow the Centre to speak with authority on what these technologies are capable of, how they are likely to develop in the coming years, and the practical challenges of regulating them effectively (e.g. the scope for auditing algorithms). Applicants should have a career background in analysing data or creating data-driven technology - for example as a data scientist, machine learning engineer or software developer - as well as experience in developing social and economic policy. This role will demand both technical knowledge and an understanding of policy development.
Role responsibilities include:
- Line managing 1-2 colleagues.
- Scoping, overseeing and delivering key outputs in the Centre's work programme, which may include undertaking research and evidence-gathering activities, drafting policy recommendations, and writing reports and other public outputs.
- Advising the Centre as and when questions of a technical nature arise, which may include flagging harms relating to the technical underpinnings of AI and data-driven technology and suggesting technical solutions that could maximise the benefit of this technology for society.
- Undertaking quality assurance on the CDEI's outputs, ensuring that descriptions of AI and data-driven technology are accurate and up to date
- Building and managing relationships with stakeholders from across academia, civil society, the tech community and within government. This may involve speaking at public events and articulating the Centre's position on sensitive subjects.
- Assisting the Head of A&A to shape the strategic direction of the team by suggesting new methods, activities and partnerships.
You will join a small team of highly motivated individuals, working in a fast paced, highly dynamic environment. The role offers an exciting opportunity to deepen your knowledge of, and to shape, the most important and high profile issues facing UK society today.
More information can be found on the attached candidate pack. Behaviours
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Seeing the Big Picture
- Working Together
- Delivering at Pace
- Communicating and Influencing
Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.Things you need to knowSecurity
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is counter-terrorist check .Nationality statement
Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules .
If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.Selection process details
This vacancy is using Success Profiles , and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.
As part of the application process, you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement. The personal statement should be no more than 800 words telling us why you are interested in this role and setting out clearly what makes you suitable, with reference to the skills and experience set out in the attached candidate pack.
A sift of your CV and personal statement will be conducted against the essential criteria in the candidate pack. If you are successful at the sift stage you will be invited to interview with a possible second interview if required.
Please note that in the event that we receive a high volume of applications, our selection process may change to include additional sifting and selection tools.
Candidates will undertake a blended interview covering behaviours, experience and strengths. If you are required to deliver a presentation or undertake an exercise as part of your interview; details will be provided in advance of the interview.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.Nationality requirements
Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here .Working for the Civil Service
The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.
We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles .
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.