Postion Type
Application Closing Date

Salary: £36,000 pa
Location: London


The Technologist will explore and uncover how data is exploited by industry and government. The role will conduct research that will appeal to policy-making processes around the world. The Technologist will analyse devices, applications, and services, and their generation and uses of data, and what it takes to secure them. The role will explore the use of algorithms and critically analyse deployments of machine learning. With the rest of PI team and our global network of organisations, the Technologist will explore strategies for privacy protection into the future.

The role will join our Tech Team to support the delivery of PI's Programme areas. The Technologist will also support the development and deployment of secure and sustainable internal and external services for us and our partners across the world.


The empowerment of the individual is core to our work. Accordingly, PI aims to empower its staff and create a good work environment. People here are looking to change the world by developing expertise, creatively disseminating research, working with others in this field globally, and delivering effective advocacy.


Organizational Strategy Development and Delivery

  • Support Programme teams to ensure their work adheres to acceptable tech standards, particularly our Data Exploitation programme.
  • Contribute to PI's wider organisational mission, strategy and development by participating in strategic planning and other cross-organisational processes.
  • Proactively engaging with staff and PI's partners across the world on security, privacy, data, and surveillance issues.

Internal and External services

  • Delivering internal and external services in a secure and resilient manner.
  • Maintaining core services in a transparent and repeatable manner.


  • Developing and evaluating PI policies on privacy, data protection, human rights, security, data analysis, artificial intelligence, connected devices, and other emerging debates.
  • Be an ambassador for PI and security best practices in the fields of human rights and technology.
  • Producing educational material about security and functionality for audiences with limited technology understanding

Project management and Programme delivery

  • Conducting technical investigations and research.
  • Strategic engagement with key communities to identify research, cases, challenges, and encourage partnerships.
  • Disseminating PI's work to targeted audiences.


Essential (demonstrable with past experience)

  • Knowledge of human rights and technology, in particular privacy
  • Experience working in diverse environments and globally
  • Experience in communication of sysadmin and cybersecurity concepts
  • Experience in legal or regulatory interactions with technology
  • GNU/Linux or Unix system administration experience, including virtualisation
  • OO Software development experience e.g. Java, C#
  • Experience in security of systems and networks e.g. IPTables
  • Experience in Project Management, either as part of, or leading a team.

Desirable (demonstrable with past experience)

  • Participation in open source technology for privacy and security
  • Degree in Computer Science, Electronic Engineering, or equivalent experience

Knowledge of:

  • Webservers based on Nginx
  • Databases based on MariaDB, SQLite or Postgres
  • Groupware such as Redmine, CalDAV, CardDAV, Jabber or Etherpad
  • Fileservers such as Samba
  • Collaboration environments such as CVS, SVN or Git

To apply, please send:

1.  a CV (not more than two pages)

2.  a covering letter (not more than two pages)

3.  a sample of non-academic writing (for example blog or analysis piece, or creative writing)

Closing date for applications is 20 May 2018, 18.00 BST.

Please send the material in one email to: (Please include the title of the post you are applying for in the subject of the email). 

Interviews will take place in London between 24 and 25 of May.  We are able to arrange video conference interviews with candidates based outside of London.

There is a possibility there will be a second round of interviews, which will be decided only after the first round of interviews has taken place. It would be held during the week commencing 28 May 2018.