Strategic Programme Director – Defence & Security

The Alan Turing Institute

Hours: Flexible from 0.5 FTE
Location: British Library, London
Contract Type: Fixed-term secondment (24 months) – other options may be considered

The Alan Turing Institute

Launched in November 2015, the Institute is headquartered at The British Library, at the heart of London’s knowledge quarter. Its mission is to undertake data science research at the intersection of computer science, mathematics, statistics and systems engineering; advise policy makers; and act as a magnet for leaders in academia and industry from around the world to engage with the UK in data science and its applications.

The institute represents an entirely new initiative underpinned by world leading academic excellence, and is unique in bringing together academia, industry and government on such a national scale.

The UK Government – Alan Turing Institute Strategic Partnership in Defence and Security

The Alan Turing Institute and the UK Government have agreed to form a long term strategic partnership to help position the Institute as world leader in data science research and innovation.  The UK Government will contribute to and benefit from that position – the Institute’s data science research and training are key enablers to the UK Government’s capabilities underpinning defence and security. The UK Government will also uplift its data science expertise, as a result of an open door approach to the Institute and strong collaboration at staff level, thus ensuring free flow of skills and knowledge.

Researchers from the Institute, the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and Ministry of Defence (MOD) will work together on a research programme alongside co-funded postdoctoral research fellows. The Institute and its partners, will work together to carry out technology road-mapping so as to anticipate and exploit new opportunities to develop and apply data science tools and techniques.

Overview of the role

The Strategic Programme Director (SPD) will be the academic lead and public face of the programme, accountable in this capacity to both the ATI and The UK Government.

This is your chance to lead an ambitious collaborative research programme, with the opportunity to also become an Institute’s Faculty Fellow (further % FTE to be negotiated) via grant support from the Institute to deliver ambitious data science research relevant to the Strategic Partnership. The position is ideally suited to a candidate who is an outstanding data scientist to lead this prestigious multi-million-pound research programme with GCHQ, Dstl and the MOD and make a significant contribution to the core mission of the Institute.

Further information on the Institute and the SPD role can be found at:

How to apply: This is an exciting opportunity to join a diverse, growing organisation with a strong team of individuals at the helm. If you consider that you meet the criteria set out in the person specification, please email your CV and a concise covering letter to

Diversity and equality are promoted in all aspects of the recruitment and career management of our researchers. In keeping with the principles of the Institute, we especially encourage applications from female researchers.

If you have any queries or would like to discuss the role further, please contact Paige Wheeler, HR Manager on 020 3862 3322 or email

Interview Date: w/c 17th November 2016

Please note all offers of employment a subject to successful security screening and continuous eligibility to work in the UK.

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