Lead Research Data Scientist – Edge AI

Alan Turing Institute London United Kingdom Research Programmes
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Company Description

Named in honour of Alan Turing, the Institute is a place for inspiring, exciting work and we need passionate[FD1] , sharp, and innovative people who want to use their skills to contribute to our mission to make great leaps in data science and AI research to change the world for the better.

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The Defence and Security programme at the Turing is looking to build a newly funded research group the Artificial Intelligence Research Centre for Defence (ARC-D) working on real world problems in AI. This role is focused on leading development in edge AI technologies designed for real time low size, weight, and power (SWaP) scenarios.

The role will sit within the new Artificial Intelligence Research Centre for Defence (ARC-D) which is aiming to become a world-class group focused on delivering the research needed to advance UK capabilities in AI and Data Science in the defence and security domain. This involves both the application of existing AI algorithms and techniques as well as fundamentally advancing the state of the art of AI.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide technical leadership and project management on multi-person projects (2 to 4 people), guiding the project directions synergistically with other related efforts and align with the strategic research goals of the institute. Liaise with the PI and oversee the contribution to a larger project, delegate work packages and other tasks to team members, and take responsibility for their completion over the lifetime of the project.
  • Be the primary person responsible for delivery of a service area of strategic importance to the Institute. Shape the effort to align with the strategic goals of the institute, coordinate team activities, manage delivery of several independent areas, solicit feedback, and tweak services in response to the changing operational needs of the Institute.
  • Provide leadership for the team involvement in external projects within one or more domain challenge areas.
  • Line manage a team including their performance and supporting their career development aspirations.
  • Present, disseminate and explain research outputs to external stakeholders and research collaborators via presentations, reports and well-documented software packages
  • Develop, implement, and adapt 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.
  • Perform experiments and develop capabilities, which might include: building and deploying machine learning models; applying data science, statistical and algorithmic techniques to data, designing and implementing data collection trials


  • A PhD (or equivalent experience and/or qualifications) in a relevant area, which will include Computer Science, Data Science, Physics, Engineering, Mathematics or related discipline.
  • Strong mathematics/physics, computing or engineering background and preferably a strong AI background
  • Experience developing software in a scientific computing context, ideally in Python, including the use of established libraries such as NumPy, Tensorflow, PyTorch, scikit-learn, pandas, numpy, scipy, matplotlib and RL specific frameworks such as Ray/RLLib, Stable Baselines. Experience in development suites, systems and versioning products (e.g., Git, IDEs, Linux).
  • Interest in and or knowledge of multi sensor datasets.
  • Experience leading a research project with a focus on edge AI, robotics, autonomous systems, or UAVs
  • Experience conducting and publishing research to the standard required by top-tier peer reviewed journals.
  • Ability to shape the direction of projects, deliver project outputs and manage relationships with key external stakeholders.

Please refer to the job description below for a full overview of the role responsibilities and person specification.

Other information

If you are interested in this opportunity, please click the apply button below. You will need to register on the applicant portal and complete the application form including your CV and covering letter. If you have questions about the role or would like to apply using a different format, please contact us on 020 3862 3533 or 0203 862 3516, or email [email protected].

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Sunday 7 May 2023 at 23:59

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This full-time post is offered on a permanent basis. The annual salary is £62,666 - £67,200 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. We expect staff to come to our office at least 4 days per month. Some roles may require more days in the office; the hiring manager will be able to confirm this during the interview.


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.

We are committed to making sure our recruitment process is accessible and inclusive.

This includes making reasonable adjustments for candidates who have a disability or long-term condition. Please contact us at [email protected] to find out how we can assist you.

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 [email protected].