(Senior) Data Scientist/Research Engineer - Defence & Security (Cheltenham)

Alan Turing Institute London United Kingdom Research Programmes

Company Description

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.

Position

The Defence & Security Programme at the Turing is looking to expand a newly formed team of research engineers working on real-world problems aligned with securing the UK. Following in the footsteps of the institute’s namesake, Alan Turing, the team operates at the intersection of mathematics, engineering and computing and works in close collaboration with the Turing’s National Security partners.

As a team, we bring together cutting-edge research and motivating mission challenges, using our data science, software engineering and stakeholder management skills to create next-generation capabilities for our partners. 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. We work with state-of-the-art cluster and cloud platforms to realise our collaborators' data science and artificial intelligence research at scale.

We are a cross-disciplinary team and encourage applications from both generalists and specialists including those who self-identify as software engineers, computer scientists, machine learning practitioners, mathematicians, statisticians or more widely as data scientists or data engineers. In particular, applicants focussed predominantly on either applied research or software engineering are most welcome as well as applicants interested in operating at the intersection.

The team practices an agile, experiment-driven approach and values a positive, supportive and collaborative environment in which ‘radical candor’ 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.

This role will be based at the hub8 working space in Cheltenham.

Developed Vetting security clearance is an essential requirement for this role. Eligibility criteria and further information on the process can be found on the UK Government security vetting website:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/united-kingdom-security-vetting-clearance-levels/national-security-vetting-clearance-levels#developed-vetting-dv

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Successful candidates will:

  • Understand the problems of the Turing’s partners, and develop appropriate approaches to solving these problems.
  • Perform experiments and develop capabilities, which might include: building and deploying machine learning models; applying data science, statistical and algorithmic techniques to data; building microservices, data processing/engineering systems and platforms or developing user interfaces and/or visualisations.
  • 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.
  • Present, disseminate and explain our work including Documenting capabilities, processes and systems for effective and efficient reuse across multiple domains; Presentation at Defence and Security programme events including monthly meetups and wider Turing events; Presentation at Partner reading groups, conferences and to Partner stakeholders; Publication, support and maintenance of research/prototype software.

In addition, for senior staff only, successful candidates may:

  • Provide technical project management and leadership for research projects, ensuring successful outcomes; Liaise with clients and colleagues to understand and prioritise project goals, and balancing client value with research outputs;
  • Line manage other staff within the group, supporting their career development aspirations.
  • Take ownership of a particular domain challenge area or methodology for the group.
  • Develop new projects in conjunction with colleagues, authoring research proposals and agreeing involvement for the group in activities across the institute.

Requirements

Essential:

  • Undergraduate-level degree or higher in computer science, engineering, data science, mathematics, statistics or a related-discipline.
  • Professional experience in a field or sector with significant use of both computer programming and advanced algorithmic, statistical or numerical techniques.
  • Fluency in one or more modern programming languages used in data science. In particular, we predominantly work in Python, but demonstrable use of other programming languages (e.g. modern C++, Java, Scala, Julia, R, Javascript, Rust, Go)
  • An understanding of the importance of good practices for producing reliable software and reproducible analyses (e.g. version control, issue tracking, automated testing, package management, literate analysis tools such as Jupyter)
  • (SENIOR ONLY) Experience leading a project to a successful conclusion.
  • (SENIOR ONLY) Demonstrable experience managing conflict and resolving stakeholder tensions.

Please see the job description for a full breakdown of the duties, responsibilities, and person specification.

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Application Procedure

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, covering letter and contact details for your referees. If you have questions about the role or would like to apply using a different format, please contact them on 0203 862 3340, or email recruitment@turing.ac.uk.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo a pre-screening check prior to an offer being made. This check will be carried out by HMG Defence and Security Partners. Please be advised, by submitting your application you are consenting to this check, and your personal details (full name, date of birth and home address) to be passed onto our HMG Defence and Security Partners to carry out this check.

Obtaining and holding a Developed Vetting (DV) clearance will be an essential requirement for this role. Candidates will either hold a DV clearance at application stage or apply for DV clearance upon appointment, and secure DV clearance within 6 months of the commencement of their employment, or in such longer period as the Institute may in its absolute discretion consider reasonable to obtain such clearance. Eligibility criteria and further information on the process can be found on the UK Government security vetting website: National security vetting: clearance levels - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

To obtain this clearance there are nationality requirements. Applicants should check whether they are eligible to apply for DV clearance before applying to this role.

Candidates who are not granted, or unable to hold DV clearance will be ineligible to undertake this role.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: 17 July 2022 at 23:59

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

This full-time post is offered on a permanent basis. The annual salary is £40,000-£46,000 for the standard position or for the senior position, the salary is £49,025-£56,000, plus excellent benefits, including flexible working and family friendly policies, https://www.turing.ac.uk/work-turing/why-work-turing/employee-benefits

Should the appointed candidate currently hold a DV clearance, a market supplement will be applied, or upon the successful completion of DV clearance.

.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 and maternity, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

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