Role: Research Assistant


Term: 3 months


Salary: £20,000 pro-rated over three months


Closing date: 22 July


Start date: ASAP


Location: Central London / remotely as part of Covid-19 measures


Eligibility: Right to work in the UK is required for this role


About the role:


Tech Against Terrorism is looking for a Research Assistant to support our core activities. This role will give you an opportunity to get stuck into a variety of topics such as technology, tech policy, terrorism, human rights, and digital rights. You will work under the supervision of Tech Against Terrorism’s research manager and director. The role is well-suited for recent Master’s degree students from programmes in Counter Terrorism, Security, and International Politics or candidates with subject matter knowledge of tech and tech policy looking for early career experience.


Specific tasks may include:

  • Providing research assistance for literature and landscape reviews with regard to terrorist use of the internet
  • Analysing tech company policies and moderation mechanisms in support of the TAT mentorship programme
  • Gathering terrorist organisation information
  • Analysing terrorist content
  • Supporting the organisation of (and background research for) webinars and podcast recordings
  • Producing written products for internal and external use, such as blogposts, newsletters, and weekly readers’ digest

Essential

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Exceptional time management, organisational skills, and attention to detail
  • Strong research skills and ability to identify key pieces of information in large amounts of material
  • Demonstrated knowledge of terrorist and violent extremist use of the internet
  • Demonstrated knowledge and/or interest in technology, tech policy, and human rights
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision

Desirable

  • Demonstrated experience of open-source intelligence analysis
  • Demonstrated understanding of the policy debate around terrorist use of the internet and human rights
  • Ability to conduct research in a foreign language (Arabic, Russian, German, Spanish)

How to apply

If you are interested, please send your CV, one-page cover letter, and a 500-word writing sample as one combined PDF file to [email protected]

For this role, the right to work in the UK is required. Due to the volume of applications, only successful candidates will be contacted. Interviews will take place on a rolling basis.