Research Fellow - AI Trust & Transparency, Defence and Security

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 Alan Turing Institute’s Defence and Security has three aims – to support defence and national security agencies to keep societies and citizens safe; to protect the privacy and security of citizens, institutions, and industry; and to contribute to the global good by enabling societies around the world to derive benefit and prosper from emerging technology. To achieve these aims, the programme has formed long-term strategic partnerships, with the UK Government defence and security organisations, and a range of academic and industry partners.

The Research Fellow will work across the research portfolio to leverage the current understanding within the Institute to support the delivery of research and advice relating to the application of Trust and Transparency to AI within defence and security. This role will both directly address Dstl’s immediate research requirements and further develop this capability within MOD.


  • Plan and conduct research studies focussed on the specific Trust and Transparency challenges and opportunities associated with a series of Defence AI use cases.
  • Explore the context specific nature of AI Trust and Transparency when applied to next generation AI-enabled systems.
  • Develop guidance, good practice and standard setting for Trust and Transparency principles with respect to the development and use of AI-enabled systems.
  • Provide thought leadership and help inform senior MOD stakeholders about the Trust and Transparency implications of AI in defence.
  • Contribute to planning and developing Dstl’s internal Trust and Transparency capability helping to define competencies, skill mix, and training requirements within Dstl.
  • Evaluate Defence AI use cases based on a selection of the next-generation AI concepts including those being developed within the DAIC-X.
  • Work with international partners to explore the Trust and Transparency implications of AI in coalition operating environments and build common understanding and interoperability (Support to other international research collaboration activities such as NATO may also be required).


  • PhD or an equivalent qualification in Applied / Practitioner Ethics or a related discipline.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Defence and Security domain.
  • Understanding of artificial intelligence and digital ethics.
  • The ability to develop and implement strategic research and capability development plans.
  • Ability to report findings to wider community and to withstand challenge by relying on
  • evidence gathered and processes used for analysis.

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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 3558 or email recruitment at [email protected].

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Sunday 20th August 2023 - 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.


This full-time position is offered on a fixed-term basis until March 2025. The annual salary is £53,576 - £55,125 plus excellent benefits, including flexible working and family friendly policies,

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

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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 building a diverse community and would like our leadership team to reflect this. We therefore welcome applications from the broadest spectrum of backgrounds.

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. successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check and meet the security requirements before they can be appointed.

Full details on the pre-employment screening process can be requested from [email protected].

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.