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Behavioural Insights Ventures is hiring

Technical lead - tech for good

You will be working for Behavioural Insights Ventures as Technical lead - tech for good

Help us understand and solve real-world social problems.

The Behavioural Insights Team and its startup arm, BI Ventures, are looking for a technical lead and data scientist to help us build new digital products and solve real-world social problems. This is a stretching role that spans two growing and strategically important areas. As such, there is an opportunity to progress quickly.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Providing early technical input into startup opportunities that use findings from Behavioural Insights Team projects. Producing or product managing (with 3rd party devs) pilot products to ship to early customers. Advising founding teams on all things technical.
  • Developing insights based on large datasets, including public and administrative datasets used by government. Working with policy colleagues to take insights to government and other clients in order to drive policy change.

Who We Are Looking For

Must have (although we don’t expect you to be exceptional in all areas!):

  • Web development and programming experience: HTML/CSS plus Python (alternatively PHP or Javascript or Ruby)
  • Experience/training in using and analysing large data sets for the purposes of evaluation or predictive modelling. We use R or Python.
  • Experience in visualising data and analysis to make complex findings accessible and useful (especially for governments and policymakers)
  • Creative thinking and pragmatism.
  • Ability to manage your own time across several projects, including some large scale projects
  • An interest in product design and user experience.
Nice to have:
  • Experience writing or integrating with APIs
  • Experience working with third party developers (agency or offshore)
  • Experience working in a startup environment or on a small product team
  • A Masters or PhD in a relevant subject area (e.g. data science, computer science)
  • You will need to have the right to work in the UK
  • No recruiters, sorry
  • Please feel free to contact us by email with any questions about the role

The Company

About us:

The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) is a group of world-renowned economists, behavioural scientists and policy experts driving social change by working with governments and other organisations to apply behavioural science to areas as diverse as obesity, student attainment and low-income savings. BI Ventures takes cutting edge insights from BIT projects as the starting point for digital products. Our objective is to drive social impact for the long term by creating commercially sustainable startups. We already have a growing portfolio of early stage ventures, including in recruitment, consumer financial decision making, and health and wellbeing. Our new Data Science team will apply machine learning and predictive analytics to illuminate policy problems, predict where and when they might occur and identify where interventions can be most effective.

The Job

Team/Dept: BI Ventures

Job type: Permanent full time

Remote working possible: yes

Level of experience required:

Salary/package: £35,000-£45,000 + bonus


This is remote working job

Sorry, no agencies please


Help us understand and solve real-world social problems.