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Principal Technology Adviser - various opportunities

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Recruiter: ICO
Listed on: 23rd February
Location: Wilmslow
Salary/Rate: £49,058
Type: Contract
Start Date: ASAP

Principal Technology Adviser

Fixed Term appointment, expected to last for 12 months
Salary £49,058 plus excellent benefits, plus Civil Service pension
Flexible Location.

About us

The ICO is at the forefront of policy, guidance, direct advice to the public, and enforcement of the UK's data protection and freedom of information laws; shaping how emerging technologies and information practices impact the lives of the UK public.  These roles operate in a high profile, fast paced environment and you have the opportunity to impact on issues across many aspects of society.  

We have vacancies for a number of technology advisory positions - roles that will help us shape how emerging technologies and information practices impact the lives of the UK public.  We are looking for experts in a range of fields as described below:

Surveillance technologies

We are looking for technical experts with experience in online tracking and surveillance technologies. You may have previously worked as an engineer, developer or product manager. You will know about current approaches using cookies or similar tracking technologies, but you will also be exploring the future of tracking and surveillance online. You will be passionate in wanting to address some of the negative aspects of the use of these techniques and technologies.

AI and ML

We are significantly growing our AI and data science function. The role of AI and data science at the ICO will be unique. Simultaneously the group will be tasked with enhancing our ability to undertake of organisations that we may audit or investigate, while promoting tools to support the development of privacy-promoting AI and data-driven technologies . At the heart of the team's mission will be the aim of embedding principles of responsible and ethical use of AI and data into practical guidance and support for practitioners, playing our part in nurturing innovation-enabling regulation.

We are seeking experts in machine learning and other probabilistic computing techniques, and the role these developments play in society. You will have worked as a data scientist and built data science teams, or perhaps your skill is in data engineering and model management. You might be working on the frontiers of AI research exploring federated ML, privacy-preserving ML, or exploring areas of high value to industry but also serious concern such as large language models, or models such as GPT-3.

You may have previously worked on the development of AI policy, ethics or law and understand the societal consequences arising from the development and use of AI technologies. You will be an expert of responsible and ethical AI engineering or policy with a passion of turning policy into practice. You will be focused on helping shape the future of AI developments to better respect and uphold the rights of citizens.

UX design

We are looking for UX and HCI specialists, data engineers and product specialists with a background in designing full stack services for children or young adults. We want to hear from people with experience of creating intuitive and user-friendly software, collaborating with designers and developers. Individuals with expertise in research or design, or knowledge of the behavioural or psychological impact of service design. You must be passionate about ensuring online services are designed with the best interests of children at their core.

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About you

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • 2 years' post higher degree experience in areas relating to the job role
  • Up to date expert knowledge of current trends and practices
  • Extensive knowledge of computing sciences and IT theories, principles and practices
  • Ability to apply legislative requirements to the development and application of information and communications technologies
  • A strong desire and aptitude to continually develop technical knowledge, skills and abilities as technology evolves
  • Excellent standards of literacy and written communication skills
  • Ability to travel to meetings and events in the UK and overseas (possibly outside office hours)

How to apply

Please submit your CV and covering letter explaining how you meet the criteria detailed in the ‘About you' section of the advert, and also outlining your other relevant skills and experience.

Please submit this via our applicant tracking system by 23:59 on Sunday 7 March 2021.

Please upload your CV and letter as one single document and complete the equal opportunities part of the application form only.

Please note if you are appointed to work with the ICO you will be required to complete security clearance processes. These include identity and qualification checks and a Basic Disclosure level check of unspent criminal convictions.

The ICO is committed to Equal Opportunities in employment and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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Contact Name: ICO
Reference: TJ/9580/FEB20211674
Job ID: 2901323

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