We are looking for a self-starting, pragmatic and versatile researcher to deliver projects that examine the impact technology has on the public and explore how to make responsible technology. Doteveryone is an independent think tank that champions responsible technology for a fairer future. We explore how technology is changing society, show what responsible technology can look like, and build communities to improve the way technology shapes our world.
We are looking for a self-starting, pragmatic and versatile full-time researcher to join us on a 1-year fixed-term contract. You may have a background in other forms of research or policy: think tanks, charities or government. Or you may have been trained in technology or have worked in a corporate organisation. You will have experience of both qualitative and quantitative research, although we do not require academic training in these. You will have good communication skills, excellent written communications and be comfortable speaking with a wide range of audiences.
You will be happy to take on day-to-day running of programmes of work and push them forward with energy and drive. We’ll expect you to keep up-to-date with research and projects published by others in the landscape we work in, and take the initiative in suggesting where and how we can get involved. This is a fast-moving and rewarding job working on one of the most pressing issues of the day. As a Researcher you will build the evidence to help Doteveryone shape the key debates around technology and society.
You will report to the Director of Research and Engagement, as well as working with Programme Managers and Designers across the team. The key responsibilities of this role will be to:
- Conduct research using a variety of quantitative and qualitative techniques
- Review and critique research done by external agencies and consultants
- Write blog posts, research reports, briefings in an engaging and accessible way to reach a wide range of audiences
- Horizon-scan the relevant research and project landscape, maintain and grow Doteveryone’s subject experience and communicate relevant information back to the rest of the team
- Build relationships within the research and technology landscape we operate in
Doteveryone is an independent think tank that explores how technology is changing society, shows what responsible technology can look like, and builds communities to improve the way technology shapes our world.
Martha Lane Fox founded Doteveryone following her Dimbleby Lecture in 2015 where she called for a new organisation to help us shape our digital world and navigate the moral and ethical issues it presents. From that vision, we’ve grown into a small and dedicated London-based team, working to make responsible technology the new normal.
We are a small team that pulls together to achieve more than the sum of our parts. In everything we do, we try to balance boldness and thoughtfulness, critical thinking and entrepreneurialism, bold ambition and practical application. There is a lot of talk about how technology is changing the world; we are interested in action.
We are an inclusive employer. We support flexible working and welcome applicants from all backgrounds.
About Responsible Technology
This is a critical moment in the public’s relationship with the internet, and we must act now to shape a positive, responsible future for technology – and for all of us.
Responsible Technology promotes a fair, inclusive and thriving democratic society.
It works in the best interests of the individual and of the public as a whole, safeguards against harm and is founded on fair and transparent value exchange between people and technology.
We need to mobilise each part of society to make responsible technology the new normal. That’s why Doteveryone takes a systems change approach. This means we help business be better, policymakers be bolder and the public be more empowered.
We do this by researching the impact of technology, designing and prototyping what responsible technology could look like, and building communities to improve the way technology shapes our world.
- A track record in research and its application outside academic contexts - preferably in a technology and policy environment - with proven experience of quantitative and qualitative methods
- Excellent writing skills across a range of formats and for a range of audiences with the ability to translate complex ideas into compelling storytelling
- Good face to face communication and the ability to be at ease with people from a wide range of backgrounds and be confident when dealing with high profile people
- The ability to work both independently and collaboratively
- The ability to work at pace in an entrepreneurial organisation, and to cope with ambiguity and change
- Great organisational skills and the ability to stay on top of many large and small tasks simultaneously
- Commitment to quality and attention to detail
- Willingness to show initiative and creativity and show resilience and find solutions in the face of challenges
- A strong commitment to the goals and ethos of Doteveryone
- Right to work in the UK
Desirable skills and experience:
- Technical background - experience of working in technology
- Facility with communicating across different media including social media and video
- Experience of working in Slack, Google Drive, Trello and other collaboration tools
To apply for this job, you do NOT need to:
- Be a technologist or an academic
- Have experience of working in a think tank, or with government policy
- Have experience in the charitable or social sector
Although of course, we welcome applicants with some or all of the above!
Closing date for applications: Friday 23 November 9am
Interview dates: Thursday 29th November
Second round interviews: Thursday 6th December
We offer the following benefits:
- Competitive salary - £24k - £32k depending on experience
- Contributory NEST pension scheme
- Flexible working patterns
- 25 days holiday per annum, pro-rata, plus office closure between Christmas and New Year
- The chance to make change happen within a new and exciting organisation, working in a collaborative, supportive team
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 background in applicants.