1 Research officer position for the EU Horizon 2020 project - "Values and Ethics in Innovation for Responsible Technology in Europe"

LSE's Department of Media and Communications is seeking a research officer to join the department by working on the EU Horizon 2020 VIRT-EU project - “Values and Ethics in Innovation for Responsible Technology in Europe.”

Research Officer: Virt-EU Horizon 2020 Research Project
Salary from £34,156 to £41,317 pa inclusive
This is a fixed term appointment for 24 months, beginning Jan 1, 2017
LSE’s Department of Media and Communications, established in 2003, comprises internationally acclaimed faculty who conduct critical, empirical and engaged research into the central role of media and communications within contemporary society. We are currently seeking a research officer to join us by working on the EU Horizon 2020 VIRT-EU project - “Values and Ethics in Innovation for Responsible Technology in Europe.” The project includes five European research partners: ITU (DK); Open Rights Group (UK), Uppsala University (SE), Politechnico di Torino (IT) and Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (DK). The goal of the project is to analyze and map the ethical practices of European hardware and software entrepreneurs, maker and hacker spaces, and community innovators in order to:

* understand how IoT innovators enact ethics as they design future devices,
* generate a new framework for Privacy, Ethical and Social Impact Assessment (PESIA)
* develop tools to support ethical reflection and self-assessment as part the design and development process for IoT technologies.

You can find out more about the project here: http://tinyurl.com/zcgmle4

You will have a completed PhD, or be working towards completion of a PhD, or have other research experience that demonstrates the capability to produce independent original research. You will be experienced in conducting ethnographies of technical cultures, and comfortable working in a transdisciplinary research project employing quantitiative, qualitative, legal and design methods. You will have the ability to analyse and research complex ideas, concepts or theories, and to apply appropriate research methodologies.

You will also have excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to manage your own workload and work to tight timescales. A strong interest in science and technology studies, philosophy of technology or technical cultures would be an advantage, as would previous experience working with Internet of Things related development communities across Europe.

The other criteria that will be used when shortlisting for this post can be found on the person specification, which is attached to this vacancy on the LSE’s online recruitment system.

We offer an occupational pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities. For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Dr Alison Powell (a.powell@lse.ac.uk)

If you have any queries about applying on the online system, or require an alternative format for the application, please e-mail: hr.jobs@lse.ac.uk quoting the job title.

For further information about the post, please see the How to Apply document, Job Description and the Person Specification.

The closing date for receipt of applications is November 30, 2016 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.

Interviews are scheduled for the week commencing 5 December 2016. The post begins Jan 1, 2017.