Research Fellow / Senior Research Fellow – Molecular Biology

Alan Turing Institute London United Kingdom
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The Alan Turing Institute

The Alan Turing Institute is the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence. The Institute is named in honour of the scientist Alan Turing and its mission is to make great leaps in data science and artificial intelligence research in order to change the world for the better.

Data Science for Science Programme

The Data Science for Science programme works alongside researchers from all disciplines across the Turing's university partner network, and with national research facilities, to make effective use of state of the art methods in artificial intelligence and data science.

Our aim is to contribute to the Institute’s mission – to make great leaps in data science and artificial intelligence research in order to change the world for the better – by ensuring that research across universities and national facilities make use of modern computational data science and AI methods to push forward the boundaries of science and to make new discoveries.


The Alan Turing Institute’s Data Science for Science programme is looking to hire two Research Fellows to work on research that applies data science and AI methods to molecular biology. We are looking for people who will significantly grow the research activity at The Alan Turing Institute, in collaboration with our partner organisations, and gain external funding to underpin this activity. Candidates will be experts in data science and artificial intelligence with experience in working in an interdisciplinary setting, within the context of molecular biology. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Genomics;
  • Imaging at molecular and cellular level;
  • Plant biology;
  • Population biology;
  • The future of agriculture;
  • Wildlife conservation.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • To conduct outstanding, creative and innovative research in AI for molecular biology, and to develop internationally-significant outcomes through high-impact publications.
  • Collaborate with key partners (e.g. from research council institutes, charities, industry and government agencies);
  • To obtain external funding to underpin and grow the research activity in this area at The Alan Turing Institute.
  • Represent the Turing to key stakeholders, such as funding agencies, and government;
  • Disseminate research to both academic and non-academic audiences (including public engagement);
  • To play a role in advancing the Turing’s Data Science for Science programme.
  • Some teaching/training may be required as part of collaboration work.


The successful candidate will have:


  • A PhD or equivalent experience in a relevant field;
  • Several years post-doctoral experience in a relevant field;
  • Expertise in state-of-the-art methods in data science and computational intelligence;
  • Research excellence in applications across a broad range within these fields;
  • Track record of obtaining funding for multi-disciplinary research, including at the intersection of AI/Data Science and molecular biology.
  • Outstanding publication record;
  • Track record of engaging with partners from different domains of expertise.


  • Is committed to professional development of their own career and acts as mentor for others;
  • Can form research consortia and secure research funding / budgets / resources from research councils or industry;
  • Is an excellent communicator and networker within and outside the research community (creating networks);
  • Is able to create an innovative and creative environment for research.

Other information

Terms and Conditions

This is a permanent post to be held at the Institute’s site at the British Library, Euston Road, London.

We are open to consider applicants at different levels of seniority, and to discussion on whether it would be a full-time appointment or a fractional secondment. Happy to talk flexible working.

Salary will be competitive, depending on level of experience, and an excellent benefits package is also available (

Application procedure

If you are interested in this opportunity, please click the apply button below. You will need to register on the applicant’s portal and complete the application form including your CV, covering letter and contact details for your referees.

If you have questions or would like to discuss the role further with a member of the Institute’s HR Team, please contact them on 0203 862 3394 or 020 3862 3357, or email

Closing date for applications: 31 January 2020

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, religion or belief or sexual orientation. Reasonable adjustments are available to support candidates through the application and interview process.

Please note all offers of employment are subject to continuous eligibility to work in the UK and satisfactory pre-employment security screening which includes a DBS Check.