Programme Co-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.

Overview of The Role

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

The role is ideally suited to candidates who are leading researchers in AI and data science with an outstanding track record in collaborative research across data science related disciplines (AI, 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, data science and AI 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 fundamental AI research and/or its applications (e.g. in engineering, finance/economics, health & well-being, security, future cities or other related fields).

Generating new insights and answers to important questions will be a cornerstone of the role. Experience of leading substantial research programmes, either in industry, government or academia, is desirable.  The candidate will also ideally 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, Programme Directors and the Turing Programme Committee to continue to shape the Institute’s strategy and ensure effective delivery of the Institute’s vision and mission. The position is available immediately, as a secondment, for two years in the first instance, with the opportunity of renewal thereafter. The successful post holder can either be located at The Alan Turing Institute hub in the British Library, London or at a UK University with a track-record in delivering high-quality research in AI and/or Data Science.

How to Apply

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 here

Application Procedure

Stage 1 - Submission of CV and cover letter: 9th APRIL 2018

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

Stage 2 - Long-listed candidates will be invited to submit a research proposal. Further details will be circulated to successful candidates by 16th APRIL 2018

Stage 3 – Short-listed candidates will be invited to interview: w/c 30th APRIL 2018  

If you have questions or would like to discuss the role further, please contact a member of the Institute’s HR Team on 0203 862 3375 or email in the first instance.

Note if you do not hear back from us by the 30th May 2018, 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.