Research Associate

The Alan Turing Institute

Opportunity for 2 Research Associates to work on advanced methods from artificial intelligence, including machine learning, deep learning, and semantic technologies, to help automate the data analytics process.

Data analytics, the process of transforming a raw dataset into useful knowledge, can be a painstaking and expensive process, but often the majority of effort lies not in building statistical models, or training machine learning algorithms, but in all the other tasks that go into in data preparation, exploration, and interpretation. The Artificial Intelligence for Data Analytics (AIDA) project at the Alan Turing Institute is an ambitious effort to develop an integrated artificial intelligence system that guides the user through every step of the process, magnifying the productivity of working data scientists.

In the first phase of the AIDA project, we will develop new methods for data ‘wrangling’, an often laborious and time-consuming process that accounts for up to 80% of a typical data science project. Data wrangling includes understanding what data is available, integrating data from multiple sources, identifying missing, messy or anomalous data, and extracting features in order to prepare data for computer modelling.

The AIDA research project will not only aim at new advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning to address data wrangling issues; we also aim to develop systems that help to automate each stage of the data analytics process.  It is anticipated that the resulting technology will benefit researchers, industry and government, dramatically improve the productivity of working data scientists, and revolutionise the speed and efficiency with which data can be transformed into useful knowledge.

The AIDA team will consist of five investigators (Chris Williams, James Geddes, Zoubin Ghahramani, Ian Horrocks, Charles Sutton), three research assistants, software engineers, data scientists, and aligned PhD students.

We invite applications from talented and qualified researchers with a strong research background in machine learning, data mining, or semantic technologies to become part of the AIDA research project. These posts will be based at the Alan Turing Institute hub in London.

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.

Further information about the role, duties and responsibilities can be found on the Turing website and person specification:

Please note all offers of employment are subject to continuous eligibility to work in the UK and satisfactory pre-employment security screening which includes a DBS Check.

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