Data Scientist / Senior Data Scientist - Defence & Security

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The Alan Turing Institute
London, United Kingdom
Application Deadline
£35,000 to £60,000

The Alan Turing Institute

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 Role

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 state-of-the-art advanced high-performance computing and cloud platforms to realise collaborators' data science and artificial intelligence research at scale.

Duties and Responsibilities

Successful candidates will:

1. Apply state-of-the-art and novel data science and artificial intelligence techniques emerging from the Institute and elsewhere to problems faced by the Turing’s partners

2. Collaborate with research colleagues to develop and maintain software embodying research outputs

3. Present, disseminate and explain our work

4. Contribute to the life of the Institute and support its community

For a full breakdown of duties and responsibilities please download a copy of the full Job Description from our jobs portal.

Person Specification

Candidates must be able to demonstrate, through examples, the below capabilities:

  • A PhD degree or equivalent professional experience in a field with significant use of both computer programming and advanced statistical or numerical methods.
  • Experience managing, structuring, and analysing research data.
  • Experience managing and organising the parameters and results of computational experiments.
  • Fluency in one or more modern programming languages used in research in data science and artificial intelligence.
  • An understanding of the importance of good practices for producing reliable software and reproducible analyses.
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm and ability to rapidly assimilate new computational and mathematical ideas and techniques on the job.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

In addition, for senior staff only:

  • Experience mentoring and evaluating the work of others.
  • Experience leading a project to a successful conclusion
  • Demonstrable experience managing conflict and resolving stakeholder tensions
  • EITHER Experience in making or evaluating the case for new projects (e.g. authoring or evaluating research proposals or business cases) OR Experience of managing, prioritising and resourcing a project portfolio.

Terms and Conditions

This full-time post is offered on a permanent contract to be held at the Institute’s site at the British Library, Euston Rd, London.

Salary: £35,000-45,000, or £45,000-60,000 for the senior position (negotiable dependent on skills & experience) plus excellent benefits including flexible working and family friendly policies.

Application procedure

Please see full application process on our jobs portal.

Closing date for applications: 05 June 2020

Equality Diversity and Inclusion

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

Please note all offers of employment are subject to continuous eligibility to work in the UK and satisfactory pre-employment security screening which includes a DBS Check.


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