Research Assistant - Systems, Security and Machine Learning

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 programme at the Turing is looking to expand its AI for Cyber Defence (AICD) Research Centre, a national hub for AIxCyber related research in the UK. AICD is aiming to become a world-class research centre, at the Alan Turing Institute, focussed on delivering the science needed for developing autonomous and resilient cyber defence using deep reinforcement learning (DRL) and other autonomous decision-making techniques. This involves both the application of existing AI algorithms and techniques on open and challenging system and network security problems.

As a team, we aim to autonomously defend computer networks and systems through our ground-breaking research at the intersection between traditional computer security and machine learning. 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.

The Research Assistant will work closely with the Centre Leads based at the Turing Institute to:

  • Pursue collaborative research of high quality, consistent with making a full active research contribution in line with the research strategy outlined by the Centre Leads.
  • Write or contribute to publications or disseminate research findings using other appropriate media.
  • Attend and present research findings and papers at academic and professional conferences, and to contribute to the external visibility of the Institute.
  • Contribute to showcasing early-stage research in the area.
  • Participate in international research challenges and competitions (e.g., capture the flag competitions).


  • A Master’s degree or equivalent experience in cyber security, machine learning or a related discipline.
  • Applied computer security knowledge (e.g., CTF participation).
  • The ability to initiate, develop and deliver high quality research aligned with the research strategy indicated by the Centre Leads.
  • Identify and use a range of standard sources to gather and analyse routine data and produce reports that can be interpreted by others.
  • Ability to work independently and proactively to lead one’s own work, including planning and execution, and to prioritise work to meet deadlines.
  • The ability to work in a team and interact professionally within a team of researchers and students.

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

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This full-time post is offered on a fixed term basis until March 2025. The annual salary is £40,148 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 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.

Successful candidates will need to undergo a security check by DSTL’s security team.

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.

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.