Research Assistant, Applied Research Group

Alan Turing Institute London United Kingdom Research Programmes
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Named in honour of Alan Turing, the Institute is a place for inspiring, exciting work and we need passionate, 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 & Security (D&S) programme at the Turing is looking to build a newly funded dedicated research group – the Applied Research Group (ARG) – working on real-world cyber-security and machine learning problems for the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

As a team, we will aim to advance the state-of-the-art and produce academic reporting, code repositories, supporting documentation and pilot studies. Projects will vary in scale, from short-term literature reviews to early-stage research engineering and longer-term proofs-of-concepts. Day-to-day, we will collaborate closely with partners’ technical and subject matter experts as well as academics from across the Turing’s research community.

The team will practice an agile, experiment-driven approach and values a positive, supportive and collaborative environment in which ‘radical candour’ and ‘lifelong learning’ are encouraged. We embrace failure as a learning opportunity and necessary precursor to success. We are empowered to take ownership of our work and operate with a high level of autonomy in our roles to deliver measurable impact to our partners.


We are looking to hire a Research Assistant to support the Research Associate in delivering world-class applied research and assist other ARG members with frequent partner engagement. The ARG will be a cross-disciplinary team – therefore able to respond to a wide variety of problem sets – and encourage applications from both generalists and specialists including those who self-identify as statisticians, software engineers, machine learning practitioners, data scientists or data engineers.

If not already held, successful candidates will need to be willing to undertake the SC/DV process once in-post. Eligibility criteria and further information on the process can be found on the UK Government security vetting website.


  • Support the development of a unique and world-class applied research group at The Alan Turing Institute
  • Assist ARG leads to pursue high-quality collaborative research and help translate complex user requirements into potential technical solutions
  • Attend frequent partner engagements (in-person at partner sites and virtually)
  • Participate in the development of internal and external partnerships. This might include building relationships for future activities or exploring the sharing of outputs with relevant stakeholders.
  • Contribute to the running of initiatives such as the ATI/MoD CyberFirst summer school
  • Ensure compliance with the secure handling of data and health and safety in all aspects of work


  • A Masters degree or equivalent experience in cyber security, machine learning or a related discipline.
  • A willingness to undergo the SC/DV process once in-post if not already held.
  • General cybersecurity or machine learning knowledge.
  • Experience in delivering applied research.
  • Experience of working in a team and interacting within a team of researchers.
  • Able to collaborate with experts across teams and domains.
  • Ability to organise working time, take initiative and carry out research independently.
  • Experience in some of the following languages: Python, C, C++, C#, SQL, JavaScript, HTML, Java, Kotlin, Rust, Go and Pandas.

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CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Wednesday 15th February at 23:59

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This full time post is offered on a fixed term basis for two years. The annual salary is £38,236 plus excellent benefits, including flexible working and family friendly policies,

The Alan Turing Institute is based at the British Library, in the heart of London’s Knowledge Quarter.

We are currently assessing the results of our hybrid working trial, which ran for six months. We will soon publish a long-term workplace policy: as a guide, we anticipate this will be between 2-4 days per month. Some roles may require the jobholder to spend a greater number of days in the office, but 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 building a diverse community and would like our leadership team to reflect this. We therefore welcome applications from the broadest spectrum of backgrounds.

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