(Senior) Data Scientist/Research Engineer - Defence & Security

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The Alan Turing Institute

Cheltenham, United Kingdom

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The Alan Turing Institute is the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence whose 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 Turing is looking to expand a newly formed team of research engineers working on real-world problems aligned with securing the UK. Following in the footsteps of the institute’s namesake, Alan Turing, the team operates at the intersection of mathematics, engineering and computing and works in close collaboration with the Turing’s National Security partners.

As a team, we bring together cutting-edge research and motivating mission challenges, using our data science, software engineering and stakeholder management skills to create next-generation capabilities for our partners. Day to day, we collaborate with technical and subject matter experts from our partner organisations as well as academics, software engineers, and data scientists from across the Turing’s research community. We present our work to a range of audiences including research colleagues, senior decision makers and non-technical stakeholders.


Successful candidates will:

  • Understand the problems of the Turing’s partners, and develop appropriate approaches to solving these problems.
  • Develop, implement and adapt state-of-the-art and novel data science and artificial intelligence techniquesto problems faced by the Turing’s partners.
  • Present, disseminate and explain our work including Documenting capabilities, processes and systems for effective and efficient reuse across multiple domains;

In addition, for senior staff only, successful candidates may:

  • Provide technical project management and leadership for research projects, ensuring successful outcomes; Liaise with clients and colleagues to understand and prioritise project goals, and balancing client value with research outputs;
  • Line manage other staff within the group, supporting their career development aspirations.

Person Specification


  • Undergraduate-level degree or higher in computer science, engineering, data science, mathematics, statistics or a related-discipline.
  • Fluency in one or more modern programming languages used in data science. In particular, we predominantly work in Python, but demonstrable use of other programming languages (e.g. modern C++, Java, Scala, Julia, R, Javascript, Rust, Go)
  • An understanding of the importance of good practices for producing reliable software and reproducible analyses
  • (SENIOR ONLY) Demonstrable experience managing conflict and resolving stakeholder tensions.

Please see our portal for a full breakdown of the Job Description.

Terms and Conditions

This full-time post is offered on a permanent basis. The annual salary is £40,000-£46,000 for the standard position or for the senior position, the salary is £49,025-£56,000, plus excellent benefits, including flexible working and family friendly policies, https://www.turing.ac.uk/work-turing/why-work-turing/employee-benefits

Should the appointed candidate currently hold a DV clearance, a market supplement will be applied, or upon the successful completion of DV clearance.

Application procedure

Please see our jobs portal for full details on how to apply and the interview process.

Equality Diversity and Inclusion

The Alan Turing Institute is committed to creating an environment where diversity is valued and everyone is treated fairly. 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 and maternity, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. Reasonable adjustments to the interview process can also be made for any candidates with a disability.

Application Deadline: 17th July 2022


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