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Temporary vacancy: Specialist Adviser - Immersive and addictive technologies inquiry

12 December 2018

The House of Commons, Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee (DCMS) is looking for a specialist adviser for its inquiry into ‘Immersive and addictive technologies’. This provides an exciting opportunity to contribute to this new inquiry. Your role will be to supplement existing internal expertise, providing advice to staff and MPs (for example, making input to briefing documents, advising on useful background information and the strategic direction of the inquiry.)

The Committee

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee monitors the policy, administration and expenditure of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and its associated bodies, including the BBC. Previous inquires carried out by the Committee include Disinformation and fake news, BBC pay, Live music and Sports governance. The Committee is chaired by Damian Collins MP.

The Inquiry

The purpose of this inquiry is to look at the growth of interactive technologies, primarily virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR), gaming and eSports, including a focus on digital addiction. It will explore technology and ethics, and follows the Government’s recent pledge to make the UK “the safest place to be online and the best place to start and grow a digital business”.

In looking at the challenges presented by these rapidly developing technologies, the inquiry will consider digital addiction, and how game-design contributes to it, as well as the links between gaming, eSports and gambling. It will also explore whether the UK has the necessary telecommunications infrastructure, regulatory framework and official bodies to take full advantage of the opportunities that immersive technologies present.

The role and eligibility

We are looking for a motivated and confident specialist adviser that can work well within a small team, that has the following skills:

  • Proven expertise in technology and ethics, including the interactive and addictive technologies sector;
  • Providing feedback and comment on a variety of draft written product, ideally using research/academic experience;
  • Experience of working with policymakers and interacting with Parliament, charities, think tanks and other governmental bodies;
  • Providing information about useful bodies, organisations and individuals who can provide evidence;
  • Advising the Committee Chair and Members on issues within the sector;
  • Supporting the Committee in conducting research and fact checking;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; and
  • The ability to explain complex information clearly and succinctly.

Time commitment

This post will run from mid/late January for up to six months. Advisers are expected to work no more than two days in a week on a flexible basis, although in practical terms the workload may be substantially less. A daily honorarium is paid to advisers on the basis of an established scale (further information available on application.)

Application process

Applicants should send their CV/portfolio to cmscom@parliament.uk and a covering letter outlining:

  • Your expertise in immersive/addictive technologies;
  • Previous examples of you working alongside policy and an understanding of the work carried out by select committees;
  • The amount of time you can commit to the inquiry;
  • Your ability to take on work at short notice if required.

We are also happy to accept video submissions and additional evidence of your expertise such as published reports, articles and presentations.

If your application is successful, your declared interests will be published.

The Committee values diversity and encourages applications from people from a wide range of backgrounds.

The deadline for applications is 6pm on Friday 11 January 2019.

Contacts for Enquiries and Applications

If you require additional information about the post please contact Mems Ayinla, Second Clerk.

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