Monday 23

Several job opportunities (Big Data Value; Universities, Science Policy, Enterprise & Innovation, Information & Open Access; Ethics, RRI & ICT; Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning; Gender Parity)

Posted by RRI Tools on 23 Apr 2018

  • International Secretariat Officer at the Big Data Value Association (Brussels)

​SMIT (Studies on Media, Innovation and Technology) is a research center at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. SMIT is also a core research group of imec, Europe’s leading research institute on nano-technology and digital innovation. For more than 25 years, imec-SMIT specializes in economic, living lab and policy research on ICT innovation in Media, Smart Cities, and Healthcare and consist of over 65 senior and junior researchers.

imec-SMIT hosts a number of international associations active in in the same field of expertise in its EU Hub in our Brussels office. For one of these, the Big Data Value Association AISBL (BDVA), imec-SMIT is now looking for a full time person to fulfil the tasks of International Secretariat.

BDVA is a fully self-financed non–for-profit organisation under Belgian law and is the private counterpart to the EU Commission to implement the BDV cPPP programme (Big Data Value Public Private Partnership). BDVA has almost 200 members all over Europe with a well-balanced composition of large, small and medium-sized industries as well as research organizations. The objectives of the Association are to boost European Big Data Value research, development and innovation and to foster a positive perception of Big Data Value.

The Secretariat operates under the authority of the BDVA Secretary-General, who is responsible for the day-to-day administrative management of the Association.

Function description:

The international Secretariat official performs the following tasks in close collaboration with the Secretary General

  • Membership management: Including the management and maintenance of the register of members and all relevant documentation; day-to-day contact with members for administrative purposes; management of distribution lists; contact point for the info email account; membership updates; managing new applications for membership; producing statistics & reports for the Secretary General and the Board of Directors.
  • Meetings: organisation of meetings and conference calls (e.g. Board of Directors, General Assembly, Partnership Board, Activity Groups, etc.); logistics for the meetings and conference calls; producing minutes and reports.
  • Documentation: maintain a documentation repository and make it available to members and external stakeholders.
  • Communications and organisation of events including website content management, newsletters, management of social media channels, production of communication materials and the organisation of seminars, conferences and summits; support the implementation of the communication strategy.
  • Financial management: invoice management for memberships and events. Assist the Treasurer and Secretary General in general financial management and preparation of the annual budget.
  • Support in other tasks like: production of position papers and whitepapers, development of internal surveys, etc.

Deadline for applications: April 30th

For more info see here

  • Policy Officer at LERU

LERU is an interest organisation in which 23 leading European universities are united. lts activities consist of identifying strategically important themes of European research, innovation and education policy, discuss them within the organisation, formulate common positions and communicate them to the stakeholders (European and national authorities, stakeholder organisations, universities and industry).

A second role of LERU consists in the promotion of cooperation and the development of best practices between the member universities. LERU policy positions are developed through a number of policy groups (PG) and thematic groups (TG).


The LERU Policy Officer coordinates and supports the activities of certain LERU PG, in particular those dealing with "Enterprise & Innovation" (PG) and "Information & Open Access" (PG).

  • You are the first point of contact for these PG.
  • You coordinate the work of the PG, together with their steering groups/chair persons. This includes a.o. the development of agendas for their meetings, writing briefing papers and meeting reports, attending meetings and carrying out decisions taken, etc.
  • You monitor EU policy in your areas of responsibility, provide analysis, inform and advise your LERU groups.
  • You monitor the agenda's of the European institutions, their press releases and the documents they publish.
  • You monitor the legislative proposals of the European institutions, make an analysis of their impact for LERU and its members, and formulate LERU positions on them.
  • You participate in EU meetings and maintain contacts with relevant EU officials and others.
  • You report directly to the Secretary-General on your areas of responsibility.

Deadline for applications: May 16, 2018.

For more info see here

  • Research Officer and Development Manager at De Montfort University - Faculty of Technology

De Montfort University's Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility (CCSR) is offering the position of a Research Officer and Development Manager. The CCSR is a highly successful research group focusing on ethical and social issues of information and communication technology (ICT). The CCSR has recently won three new funded projects in the overlapping areas of ethics and human rights of artifician intelligence and big data, responsible research and innovation in industry and in international context.

The role is for 0.5 FTE over three years; distribution of this time over the working week will be open to discussion.

This position will further strengthen the position of the CCSR as a leadingresearch group by contributing to its outward facing activities (website, social media, marketing material), identifying and exploiting synergies between different projects, developing and implementing strategies to identify new markets and potential partners and supporting the CCSR Director in all administrative and research supporting activities that contribute to these goal.

Ideal Candidate

  • You will possess a good general education to degree standard (or experiential equivalent) and you will have an excellent track record in administration with experience of dealing with senior colleagues and working to tight deadlines.
  • You should have experience in research projects and / or business development and outreach to new partners

Deadline for applications: 21st May 2018

For more info see here

  • Project Lead, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning at the World Economic Forum Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (the “Center”) in San Francisco

​Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are already impacting governments, enterprises, institutions, and individuals in multiple ways, and will have increasingly complex and far-reaching consequences in the coming years. The Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Project aims to create policy and governance frameworks that will be piloted by governments and other stakeholders around the world in order to shape the trajectory of emerging technologies so that they benefit society.
The Project Lead will work with the Project Head to define and progress the Project and the team aligned to the Project (3 to 5 people), working closely with the Forum System Initiative on Shaping the Future of Digital Economy and Society. The Project Lead will help facilitate collaboration across other Center projects such as autonomous vehicles, civilian use of drones, environment, Internet of Things (IoT), digital trade and cross border data flows, and blockchain. The Project Lead will help to facilitate engagement across the Forum's existing global communities of business executives, leading academicians from the world's top research universities, government officials, start-up community, media, civil society organizations, social entrepreneurs, and Center Partners which include salesforce, Microsoft, Kaiser Permanente, SAP, Palantir, Huawei, IDEO, Reliance Industries, and Turkcell. The position is based in San Francisco.
This position will also assist in leadership of the Forum’s Digital Protocol Network on Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things & the Future of Trust, one of the Center’s multistakeholder and transnational working groups that develops non-binding policy and policy implementation frameworks on critical digital economy issues. The Project Lead will be part of the broader Digital Protocol Networks team and will be a key contributor to the successful development and deployment of the Digital Protocol Networks strategy across all World Economic Forum projects and activities.

For more info see here 

  • Project Lead, Gender Parity - System Initiative on Shaping the Future of Education, Gender and Work at the World Economic Forum (Geneva)

The World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the international organization for public-private cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.
The System Initiative on Shaping the Future of Education, Gender and Work aims to enable people to fulfil their potential by developing and deploying their talent, thereby contributing to more prosperous economies and societies. It drives the development of education that matches the needs of the future, promotes a workforce that is better prepared for shifts in labour markets, identifies opportunities for job creation and ensures that gains and opportunities are shared equally, regardless of gender, age or origin. The System Initiative offers the latest knowledge to leaders and the public to help inform their decision-making, provides a platform on which leaders can build consensus and share ideas, and supports collaborative and coordinated action.
As a Project Lead, you will:
Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and manage the System Initiative project on Closing the Gender Gap and associated activities in the Gender Parity module. The project aims to create global and national public-private collaboration platforms to address current gender gaps and reshape gender parity for the future
  • Develop and implement project plans and strategies that fit the team’s overall mission, and collaborate with internal teams and external stakeholders to implement these plans
  • Ensure that project results are documented consistently and regularly shared with stakeholders
  • Collaborate with Forum colleagues to shape the design and content of events, and support the team’s media and communication strategy
  • Manage and build strong relationships with partners from business, government and civil society
  • In terms of gender parity, identify emerging themes, facilitate the input of new and practical research, develop new insights and tap into the System Initiative’s existing body of knowledge
  • Manage secondees working on the Closing the Gender Gap project
  • Develop a strong understanding of the Forum’s mission
  • Monitor global developments related to education and skills, work and employment, and gender parity as well as the intersections between them

For more info see here

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