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February 8, 2024

We're hiring! Researcher – Workplace Impacts of AI

Who we are:

Our mission is to shape a fairer future through better work. Our goal is a good society in which everyone can flourish through this new technological revolution. Our belief is that creating and sustaining good work is the best way to achieve this goal and ensure that innovation and social good advance together. 

Through delivering and convening research which informs the development of practical, policy, and regulatory solutions, we seek to address three core challenges: 

  • Changing Work: The risks and rewards of transition are not evenly spread meaning that structural inequalities are increasing. 
  • Shifting Power: New technologies are driving big shifts in power and challenging traditional mechanisms of governance and accountability at work. 
  • Prioritising People: People’s lived experience, values and agency are being neglected in shaping futures of 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 Researcher 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 this 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. Strong oral and written communication skills, and an ability to maintain respectful, mutually beneficial relationships with industry partners is essential.  

Location: Our offices are in London, with the ability to work from home for part of the week.

Salary: £35,000-£45,000 per annum.

Closing date: 29th February, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and so we advise applying as soon as possible.

Contract: 1 year with view to renew.

Hours: Standard hours are 37.5 per week. IFOW is currently trialling flexible ways of working.

Start date: ASAP  

Leave: 28 days + 3 days shutdown over the Christmas period.

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 and 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

Applying for the role

Please note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and so we advise applying as soon as possible

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 get in touch.

To apply, please send a CV and a cover letter to team@ifow.org - please ensure your cover letter is <500 words, this is a good way for you to demonstrate that you can communicate with clarity and brevity! It is easier than you think to spot applications created via ChatGPT - we strongly encourage you not to do this as we are using the application process to assess your experience, ability and skills. We will be asking probing questions at interview stage to follow up on your responses.

We are an equal opportunities employer; we firmly believe that diverse teams create better work and as such we welcome a broad range of perspectives, approaches, and backgrounds in applicants. To help us fulfil our commitment to encouraging diversity and promoting equal opportunities please do fill out our anonymous Equality & Diversity Monitoring Information survey.

IFOW is an accredited UK Living Wage Employer.

Author

Caroline Fry

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