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THE PUBLIC POLICY PROGRAMME
The Public Policy research programme works alongside policy makers to explore how data-driven public service provision and policy innovation might help to solve long running societal problems. Our work is interdisciplinary, with machine learning engineers, NLP experts, data scientists and social scientists collaborating across different projects.
The Online Safety Team is a new part of The Turing’s Public Policy Programme. It provides objective, evidence-driven insight into the technical, social, empirical and ethical aspects of online safety, supporting the work of public servants (particularly policymakers and regulators), informing civic discourse and extending academic knowledge. High-priority topics include online hate, personal attacks, extremism, misinformation and disinformation. We have three main workstreams:
The Data Scientist will collaborate with technical & research focused colleagues in the Online Safety Team to further the development of the Online Harms Observatory, a platform intended to bridge the gap between research on AI & online harms, and the practical application of AI for monitoring online harms.
The Data Scientist will primarily work on optimising the existing cloud infrastructure behind the Online Harms Observatory, setting up new data collection & processing pipelines, and extending the functionality of the Observatory dashboard, alongside collaborating with researchers to deliver the data needed to train cutting-edge state-of-the-art machine learning models, and to deploy these models in the Online Harms Observatory.
The successful candidate will report to Dr. Jonathan Bright, Head of Online Safety. They will have opportunities to engage with stakeholders in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Ofcom and others.
DUTIES AND AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
Please see the job description for a full breakdown of the duties, responsibilities and person specification
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
This full-time post is offered on a fixed term basis for 18 months. The annual salary is £37,000 - £45,000 plus excellent benefits, including flexible working and family friendly policies, https://www.turing.ac.uk/work-turing/why-work-turing/employee-benefits
The Alan Turing Institute is based at the British Library, in the heart of London’s Knowledge Quarter.
From 01 March 2022 we will trial a Hybrid Working Model for an initial six-month trial period. During this period, staff will be expected to work at our British Library office for a number of days per month, dependent on the requirements of the role. As a guide, we anticipate this will be between 2-4 days per month, but the hiring manager will be able to confirm this during the interview.
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CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Tuesday 16th August 2022, 23:59.
We reserve the right to close this vacancy early or to interview suitable candidates before the closing date if enough applications are received.
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 and maternity, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.
Reasonable adjustments to the interview process will be made for any candidates with a disability.
Please note all offers of employment are subject to obtaining and retaining the right to work in the UK and satisfactory pre-employment security screening which includes a DBS Check.
Full details on the pre-employment screening process can be requested from HR@turing.ac.uk.