Vacancy: Research Assistant


Duration: Three months

Working hours: Full-time

Remuneration: £20,000 pro-rated over the internship.


About the role:

Tech Against Terrorism is looking for a Research Assistant to help the organisation’s work supporting the global tech industry in responding to terrorist use of the internet. This role will give you an opportunity to research a wide variety of topics such as technology, tech policy, terrorism, human rights, digital rights, and international law. You will work under the supervision of Tech Against Terrorism’s research manager and director. The role is well-suited for recent or current Master’s degree students from programmes in Counter Terrorism, Security, and International Politics looking for early career experience.


In this role your main assignment will be to help develop educational products and practical tools for tech companies related to terrorism and terrorist use of the internet in order to increase tech companies’ capacity to respond to terrorist use of their platforms. Other tasks may also be required.

Specific tasks may include:

  • Researching tech companies’ Terms of Service
  • Collating and analysing tech companies Transparency Reports
  • Analysing international terrorist designation lists
  • Gathering terrorist organisation information including logos
  • Analysing terrorist content
  • Producing written products for internal and external use


What are we looking for in a candidate?


  • Strong research skills and an ability to identify key pieces of information in large amounts of material
  • Demonstrated subject matter knowledge of jihadist terrorism, extreme right wing terrorism and/or other forms of terrorism
  • A demonstrated interest in terrorist use of the internet and human rights
  • Exceptional time management, organisational skills, and attention to detail
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to quickly take direction and to work independently with limited supervision


  • Demonstrated subject matter knowledge of terrorist use of the internet
  • Demonstrated understanding of the policy debate around terrorist use of the internet and human rights including freedom of expression
  • Ability to conduct research in a foreign language (especially Arabic, Russian)
  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject


How to apply:

Please send your CV, a recent writing sample (max 800 words), and cover letter explaining your motivations for applying and your suitability for the role to [email protected].

If we think that you might be a good match, you will be invited to a telephone interview and then an in-person meeting in our offices in central London.

Please note we keep this vacancy open on a rolling basis and that only successful candidates will be contacted. Please note that this role is for three months with a flexible start date.


Please note that at present we are unable to offer visa sponsorship for this role.