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Job Opportunity - Visiting Research Fellow in Digital Ethics

The Turing Institute is hiring a Visiting Research Fellow in Digital Ethics, who will work across the Defence research portfolio to assist in building a consensus on the definitions and parameters for the ethics of applied research in future AI technologies. The Research Fellow will be based part-time at the Turing (in the defence & security and public policy programmes) and part-time at Dstl.  Applications are open here until 25 September.


The Visiting Fellow will work across the Defence research portfolio to assist in building a consensus on the definitions and parameters for the ethics of applied research in future AI technologies. They will lead the development of ethical guidelines for responsible innovation practices to help ensure the smooth transition of these technologies from research into Defence’s acquisition processes. In addition, they will help Defence both to anticipate future national and international moral and ethical values in this area and to articulate value priorities in this area of the greater AI innovation ecosystem. The fellow will also support the development of Dstl’s capability in digital ethics and will have a well-established academic network to draw upon.
Duties And Responsibilities 

The Visiting Fellow will work closely with the fellows based at Turing Institute as well as those at Dstl to: 

  • Develop a collaborative research and capability development strategy for applied digital ethics research.
  • Support the development of MOD policy and frameworks for the ethical application of AI in Defence.
  • Define the requirements for MOD funded research and lead the delivery of these research activities. 
  • Attend and present research findings and papers at academic and professional conferences, and contribute to the external visibility of Dstl. 
  • Establish a community of interest by developing partnerships, for example to help identify sources of funding, identify opportunities for research impact, or build relationships for future activities. 


The successful candidate will have: 


  • Possession of a PhD or an equivalent qualification in Applied / Practical Ethics or a related discipline.
  • The successful candidate will need to be able to interact with scientists and engineers from a broad range of disciplines in multi- and inter-disciplinary teams.
  • The ability to develop and implement strategic research and capability development plans.
  • The ability to initiate, plan, organise, implement and deliver programmes of work to tight deadlines.
  • The ability to influence others through effective communication (oral and written) skills, presentation and training skills. 
  • Effective strategic thinking, leadership and mentoring skills.


  • Strong track record of research publication in the area of applied ethics appropriate to career stage.
  • Established, vibrant research and practitioner networks at the national and international level.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Defence and Security domain.
  • Literacy in data science, particularly in the science of machine learning and interpretable AI.
  • Understanding of artificial intelligence and digital ethics.

Other information

For more information please consult the vacancy website.

Closing date for applications: 25th  September 2019



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