Research Software Engineer/Research Data Scientist

Organisation
The Alan Turing Institute
Locations

Euston Road, London, UK

Application Deadline

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

ROLE PURPOSE

In contrast to traditional research careers, we are committed expert collaborators, who join research teams to further the Institute’s challenges. We collaborate with scholars across the Institute’s research community to enhance the applicability of research for particular problems. We work with clients in industry, government and the third sector to turn their data challenges into research questions. We value expertise across many domains, with current members of the Group having backgrounds in psychology, mathematics, digital humanities, research computing and other areas. We rely on this diversity to design tools, practices and systems to harness the power of data science around the world.

DUTIES AND AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

  • Apply 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 clients.
  • Collaborate with research colleagues to develop and maintain high-quality, well-tested software embodying research outputs.
  • Present, disseminate and explain our work via presentations, reports and well-documented software packages.
  • Contribute to the life of the Institute and support its community:
  • Deliver teaching and training to colleagues and students, including within the team in our regular skills sessions.
  • Support research colleagues to make the most of the Institute’s secure high performance computing environments for advanced research.

Person Specification

  • Industry or academic experience (for instance pursuing a PhD) in a field with significant use of both computer programming and advanced statistical or numerical methods
  • Fluency in one or more modern programming languages used in research in data science and artificial intelligence. (We particularly work in R, Python, and modern C++, but demonstrable use of other programming languages for research, together with a facility for learning new languages, is most welcome.)
  • An understanding of the importance of good practices for producing reliable software and reproducible analyses, such as version control, issue tracking, automated testing, package management and literate analysis tools such as Jupyter and Rmarkdown.

Please see our portal for a full breakdown of the Job Description.

Terms and Conditions

This full-time post is offered on a permanent basis. The annual salary for this role is £40,000 - £46,000 (depending on skills and experience), with possibility of progression once in post up to £48,491. There will also be opportunities for promotions to senior positions, to which new members are considered eligible after at least one year in the team.

Application procedure

Please see our jobs portal for full details on how to apply and the interview process.

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. Reasonable adjustments to the interview process can also be made for any candidates with a disability.


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