Programme Director

The Alan Turing Institute

The Alan Turing Institute

Launched in November 2015, the Alan Turing Institute is the national institute for data science. Our mission is to make great leaps in data science research to change the world for the better.

The Institute is headquartered at The British Library, and brings together researchers from a range of disciplines - mathematics, statistics, computing, engineering and social sciences, - from five leading universities and industry partners.

The Role

We are seeking top talent in data science to join the Institute’s growing team of Programme Directors.

Applications are invited for up to three positions, each to lead in areas of strategic importance to the Institute. A list of desired, though not exclusive, areas in which Programme Director leadership would be welcomed is listed below. The role also includes an opportunity for the individuals to lead their own programme of research (% FTE to be negotiated).  

This is a stand-out opportunity to join a prestigious research institute and shape its agenda at an important and exciting time in its development.

This role is ideally suited to candidates who are leading researchers in data science with an outstanding track record in collaborative research across data science related disciplines (mathematical sciences, statistics, computing sciences and/or social sciences) and with deep interests in data-driven methods and/or approaches for tackling real-world problems using data and data science methods and tools.  It offers the opportunity to shape the Institute’s research, training, translation and knowledge exchange priorities and establish new programmes of work. We are particularly interested to hear from candidates whose interests are within data science applied to health and well-being or machine learning and artificial intelligence. Other areas relevance to the Institute include fundamental challenges in data science and data science for government.

Generating new insights and answers to important questions from data in one or several of these themes will be a cornerstone of the role. Experience of leading substantial research programmes, either in industry, government or academia, is highly desirable.  The candidate will also have a strong track record in leadership, management and development in a research context and will contribute broadly to the core mission of the Institute, working closely with the Institute’s senior team, other Programme Directors and the Programme Committee to continue to shape the Institute’s strategy and ensure effective delivery of the Institute’s vision and mission.The role is expected to be primarily located at The Alan Turing Institute hub in the British Library, London. Applications for a permanent appointment as well as for secondments are invited. Travel to collaborators, partner institutions and academic engagements more widely is encouraged to maximise engagement and to promote the work of the Institute.

Organisational Position

The Programme Directors report to the Institute CEO, ensuring a strong connection between the Institute’s research programmes/projects and the overall data science research strategy of the Institute. The Directors will also liaise closely with Institute research and operations staff, as well as Institute’s university researchers and industry, government and third sector partners of the Institute.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

The Programme Directors will have an international profile as a researcher working in one or several disciplines of data science, with significant experience of leading a research team – he/she will be expected to:

  • Lead the development and delivery of one or more strategic themes for the Institute, spanning research, translation/knowledge exchange, training and thought leadership;
  • Build capabilities in relevant research areas, drawing upon the multidisciplinary nature of the Institute;
  • Engage widely within the research and user community in data science to help deliver compelling research outputs and impacts;
  • Conduct an ambitious programme of research in data science generating first class research outputs, aligned with the aims and objectives of the Institute;
  • Disseminate Institute themes and programmes findings at industry, academic and practitioner conferences and meetings;
  • Support the CEO and other colleagues as appropriate in the delivery of the Institute’s strategic plan;
  • Work with the Institute’s senior team, university members, partners and staff to maximise opportunities for translation and exploitation of the algorithms, software, methods and ideas developed through Institute’s programmes.

Person Specification

The successful candidates will demonstrate the following:

Essential

  • Record of excellence in mathematics, statistics, computer, social science and/or related areas, obtained in an academic, government and/or industrial setting;
  • Leadership and strategic vision skills, especially as required in a complex, research-intensive collaboration with academic and/or industry partners;
  • Ability to create and promote a collegiate and collaborative approach to research partnership activities;
  • Talent for identifying opportunities for research collaborations beyond the applicant’s own academic specialty;
  • Analytical and problem-solving capability, with the personal skills and initiative to achieve the solution;
  • Communication and advocacy skills, both verbal and written, with the ability to express ideas and concepts clearly and coherently to diverse audiences and to engage in public debate;
  • Ability to communicate and network across disciplines;
  • Ability to bridge both fundamental and applied research

Desirable

  • Previous experience in a similar role
  • A strong network of contacts across data science disciplines and/or domains

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 strongly encourage applications from anyone who meets the specific criteria of the post regardless of gender, age, disability, ethnicity, reassignment, marital status, pregnancy, religion or belief or sexual orientation. Reasonable adjustments to the interview process can also be made for any candidates with a disability.

Application Procedure

Stage 1 - Submission of CV and cover letter: 29 September

Please send your CV, with contact details for your referees and a covering letter that outlines how you meet the person specification above and your research interests to jobs@turing.ac.uk.

Stage 2 - Long-listed candidates will be invited to submit a research proposal. Further details will be circulated to successful candidates in early October.

Stage 3 – Short-listed candidates will be invited to interview: w/c 6 November 2017  

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 3375 or email HR@turing.ac.uk.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a diverse, growing organisation with a strong team of individuals at the helm. There is a generous benefits package including Health Care, enrolment into a generous pension scheme, Cycle2work and childcare vouchers. The Institute also offers 30 days’ holiday per year exclusive of bank holidays.

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 3375 or email HR@turing.ac.uk.

Closing Date for Applications: 29th September 2017

Note if you do not hear back from us by the 23rd October 2017, please assume your application has not been successful.

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 status, pregnancy, religion or belief or sexual orientation. Reasonable adjustments to the interview process can also be made for any candidates with a disability.

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

Full details on the pre-employment screening process can be requested from HR@turing.ac.uk