Position Type
Application Closing Date

Contract: Permanent

Working hours: Full time

Salary: £36,000

Other: 26 days annual leave, generous workplace pension, we can offer a modest relocation fund


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 software defined networking and infrastructure, for both internal and external use. 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 Coordination Group 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.


Organizational Strategy Development and Delivery

  • Supporting Programme teams to ensure their work adheres to acceptable tech standards, particularly our Corporate Exploitation programme.
  • Contributing 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)

  • Graduate degree in Computer Science, Electronic Engineering or Informatics
  • Knowledge of the intersection of human rights and technology, in particular privacy
  • Experience in communication of sysadmin and cybersecurity concepts
  • GNU/Linux or Unix system administration experience, including virtualisation, specifically VirtualBox and KVM
  • OO Software development experience e.g. Java, C#
  • Experience in Project Management, either as part of, or leading a team.

Desirable (demonstrable with past experience)

  • Experience in legal or regulatory interactions with technology
  • Experience in security of systems and networks e.g. IPTables, LUKS, PKI
  • Participation in open source technology for privacy and security
  • Experience working in diverse environments and working globally

Knowledge of:

  • Webservers based on Nginx
  • Databases based on MariaDB, SQLite or Postgres
  • Groupware such as Redmine and Nextcloud
  • Collaboration environments such as CVS, SVN or Git
  • Web design and development processes, specifically in relation to Drupal
  • Emergent technologies such neural networks, machine learning or blockchain

To apply, please send:

1.  a CV (not more than two pages)

2.  a covering letter (not more than two pages), explaining why your experiences would benefit PI, your thoughts about the future of privacy and specific projects or technologies you would like to work on

Closing date for applications is 19 February 2020, 18.00 UTC0/GMT.

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 during the week commencing 24 February 2020.  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 1 March 2020.

For information about how Privacy International will use your data during recruitment please see Privacy International’s website.