Alan Turing Institute Research Fellowships

The Alan Turing Institute

We invite applications from talented postdoctoral researchers for an Alan Turing Research Fellowship Award in the area of data science. Researchers will be working on data science broadly interpreted. These prestigious fellowships provide initial funding for three years with the opportunity to apply for an extension of up to two additional years. Five or more positions are available.

The Alan Turing Institute (the Turing) is the national centre for data science, created in 2015 with the mission to make great leaps in data science research to change the world for the better.

The Institute has cross-disciplinarity at its core; we bring researchers in mathematics and theoretical computer science, statistics and machine learning, algorithm for data analytics and distributed computing, computational social science and data ethics, and industry partners, to work together in an open and collaborative environment under a shared goal to generate world-class research in data science.

Our researchers are motivated by driving impact, both through theoretical development and application to real-world problems. In our first year we have identified six priority sectors to focus our translational research:

Data Centric Engineering, Defence and Security, Smart Cities, Culture & Media, Financial Services, and Health & Wellbeing, and have attracted major funders including Intel, Lloyd’s Register Foundation, GCHQ and HSBC to work with us as strategic partners to advance research in these areas.

More than 90 Faculty Fellows from our five founding partner universities (Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford, UCL and Warwick) are currently based part-time at the Turing in London, along with a growing number of full-time Research Fellows and research students. For a list of all Faculty and Research Fellows and their research interests, please see our webpage www.turing.ac.uk/people.

This call

Through this targeted call we are seeking outstanding early career researchers to join us at the Turing.

Fellowships will be awarded to individual candidates who will hold the award at one of our partner universities (Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford, UCL and Warwick), where the candidate will be employed, but spend most of their time at the Turing Headquarters in the British Library, London.

The fellowships offer successful candidates the unique opportunity to work with faculty from all five partner universities, as well as researchers within the host university and collaborators from across the international data science community.

Through this call we intend to strengthen our capacity for translational research in the challenge areas outlined in our Shaping our Strategy document:

  • Data Centric Engineering
  • Defence & Security
  • Culture & Media
  • Smart Cities
  • Financial Services
  • Health & Wellbeing

Within financial services we are particularly interested in online transactions, automated auctions, blockchain & distributed ledgers.

In addition, we are also offering Fellowships to candidates with cross cutting skills and research interests including privacy, social sciences, systems & platforms, and statistics.

Key eligibility requirements

Successful candidates are expected to have:

  • a PhD or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject at the point of taking up the Fellowship.
  • an excellent publication record and/or have demonstrated excellent research potential such as via preprints.
  • a novel and challenging research agenda that will advance the strategic objectives of the Institute.
  • evidence of working collaboratively with leadership potential.

Fellowships are open to all qualified applicants, regardless of background.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: 18:00 GMT 20 DECEMBER 2016

Full details and FAQs can also be found on our website: https://www.turing.ac.uk/jobs/fellowships/

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