The Alan Turing Institute is the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence. The Institute is named in honour of the scientist Alan Turing and its mission is to make great leaps in data science and artificial intelligence research in order to change the world for the better.
The Defence & Security programme at the Institute is forming a new team of data scientists in order to solve real-world problems aligned with securing the UK.
The team will collaborate with scholars across the institute’s research community to enhance the applicability of research for particular problems. It will work with our partners from across UK Government to turn their data challenges into research questions. The team will create software and scripts that implement research and apply it to client data in a readable, reliable and reproducible fashion. It will present conclusions of research and analysis to the research community and clients through presentations, research papers, and interactive data visualisations. It will work with state-of-the-art advanced high-performance computing and cloud platforms to realise collaborators' data science and artificial intelligence research at scale.
The team will support the dissemination of research outputs through the publication and maintenance of open source research software packages. It will contribute to the sustainability of the open source ecosystem by adding features, fixing bugs, maintaining tools, and supporting community management in new and existing packages, where appropriate.
Successful candidates will:
In addition, for senior staff only:
A PhD degree or equivalent professional experience in a field with significant use of both computer programming and advanced statistical or numerical methods.
Members of the research engineering group have a diverse range of experiences and backgrounds. Below are just some of the skills and experience we value that you might be able to bring to the team. We do not expect any single candidate to have all these experiences and if you have experience of a few of these in addition to the essential skills listed above, we would encourage you to apply. The list is also not exhaustive and if you have skills and experience you feel are relevant to the role that aren’t listed here, we’d still like to hear from you.
We are a learning team and combine many techniques and approaches across our projects, so successful candidates will be able to demonstrate having learned new skills and, importantly, a commitment to develop new expertise in areas they have not already. Again, while the ability and commitment to learn new skills is critical, we would not expect all team members to learn all of the skills listed below. Different team members develop different areas of expertise and interest and we combine these across the team to support the full range of projects we work on.
Salary: £35-45,000 or £45-60,000 Senior (negotiable dependent on skills & experience)
Contract: Permanent - Full Time
If you consider that you meet the criteria set out in the person specification and wish to apply for the role, please click the apply button below. You will be required to register on the candidate portal and to submit an application form, including your CV and covering letter.
Please submit a CV (max 3 pages, no photos) and a cover letter telling us why you would like to work at the Turing. If you are happy to share links to research papers, blog posts or Github repositories containing work that you have made significant contribution to, we would like to see it.
As part of their interview candidates will be expected:
At Standard or Senior level:
To prepare a 10 min presentation on code the candidate has written that EITHER demonstrates some important aspects of research software engineering OR demonstrates an important data science algorithm. Existing examples of work are acceptable as long as the code was substantially written by the candidate and the candidate should be prepared to answer questions about both the code and the research challenge it addresses or the algorithm it demonstrates. Any source code shared for the interview will be treated in the strictest of confidence.
To describe to us their previous experience and competencies for the role. There will also be a problem solving discussion with the interview panel, using a whiteboard and pen to arrive to an understanding of a proposed data analysis challenge.
At Senior or Principal level:
To describe experiences related to challenging events in personnel and project management.
At Principal level:
To explain their vision for the role, and how that vision is complementary to those of existing Principals.
If you have further questions or would like to discuss other HR questions further with a member of the Institute’s HR Team, please contact them on 0203 862 3394 or email email@example.com.
Applicants who would like to receive this advert in an alternative format or who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on 0203 862 3394 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please be aware we have a twin advert for the same positions available in the Research Engineering Group. If you woud like to be considered for roles available in the REG team, please submit your CV to the other job advert " Research Data Scientist/Software Engineer" and specify your preference in your cover letter.
Closing date for applications: Rolling Recruitment. Applications reviewed monthly.
The Alan Turing Institute is committed to creating an environment where diversity is valued and everyone is treated fairly. In accordance with the Equality Act, we welcome applications from anyone who meets the specific criteria of the post regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy, religion or belief or sexual orientation. Reasonable adjustments are available to support candidates through the application and interview process. Happy to Talk Flexible Working
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