The UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.

The ICO’s technology department is looking to recruit individuals who are passionate about protecting and embedding citizens’ rights in a modern data-driven economy.

Current tech vacancies

  Salary Closing date Location
Post-Doctoral Fellowship in AI (Artificial Intelligence) £48,096 08/11/2020 Wilmslow

Why should I work for the ICO’s technology department?

The ICO is the UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals. The work of the office is varied and includes influencing information rights policy, writing guidance, enforcing the law and offering advice to organisations and the general public.

The technology department is involved in all aspects of work across the organisation. It is central to monitoring and understanding the technology landscape and ensuring information rights regulation keeps pace with technological advancements. It engages with influential organisations within the digital economy, Government, civil society and in the academic world. It also develops policy and practical initiatives that help protect the public.

The work of the ICO’s technology department is interesting and rewarding. It has recently engaged in cutting edge research. Its current focus is on COVID-19 contact tracing, privacy-preserving machine learning and the design of a safer internet for young people. AI is also a priority area, including Project Explain and the AI Auditing Framework.

What skills do I need?

We are happy to hear from anyone who has skills and experience they believe could add value to the work of the technology department. We are particularly interested in hearing from people with a background in the following areas:

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 the core.

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 be passionate in wanting to address some of the negative aspects of the use of these techniques and technologies. 

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning

We are seeking experts in machine learning and other probabilistic computing techniques and the role these developments play in society. 

You will 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 focused on helping shape the future of AI developments to better respect and uphold the rights of citizens. 

Technology Advisory Panel Opportunities

Technology is developing fast. At the Information Commissioner’s Office we want to make sure we keep pace with, and anticipate these developments to understand their impact on privacy and information rights.

Are you conversant with the role that emerging technology plays in how our privacy and human rights are protected?

Do you have expertise in data science, machine learning, surveillance technologies, human-centric design, economics, behavioural analysis and social engineering.

Could you advise the ICO on important and complex challenges which impact on individuals and society in an increasingly data-driven world?

We are expanding the ICO’s Technology Advisory Panel (TAP) to broaden our thinking into the wider landscapes where data plays a part – including socioeconomics, behavioural analysis, and the ongoing impact of Covid-19.

The TAP ensures that the Commissioner receives expert advice and strategic insight into emerging technologies and issues.

The Panel consists of a small number of industrial and academic professionals and ICO staff. It considers and advises the ICO of the impact of technology on privacy and information rights, such as cyber security, artificial intelligence, and behavioural modelling.

The role

The Panel meets four times a year. There may be circumstances in which panel members are asked to undertake additional research on behalf of the ICO and the panel. Appointment to the panel is for a two year term with scope for re-appointment.

Your background

We are seeking panel members from a diverse range of backgrounds. You might be primarily be an expert in behavioural analysis and social engineering, or ethics and technology law, whilst also understanding the privacy implications of emerging technologies.

Interested?

Please send your CV, along with a covering letter telling us why you wish to be on the panel and what insights you will bring, to recruitment@ico.org.uk

How do I apply?

To express interest in working for the ICO's technology department, please email a copy of your CV to recruitment@ico.org.uk and briefly outline the area that you are interested in.

If opportunities are not available straight away, if you are happy for us to, we’ll keep your details on file for up to six months and contact you if suitable positions arise in the future.

Please note that where there are specific vacancies advertised, the application process will be set out by clicking on the links for those jobs. Either an application form will be completed, or a CV uploaded in our applicant tracking system along with our completed equal opportunities form.