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Senior System Designer - Privacy Enhancing Technologies

The Alan Turing Institute

Location: London
Salary: £50,000
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 24th January 2020
Closes: 23rd February 2020

About us

The Alan Turing Institute is the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence. Its mission is to make great leaps in data science and artificial intelligence research in order to change the world for the better.

The Role

The Senior Systems Designer - PETs, will work for a funded program of research, for new digital identity systems, based at the Alan Turing Institute.This role will oversee the technical and architectural systems design work of the PDRAs' working on the projects in-line with stakeholders requirements.

  Duties and Responsibilities

ID-as-a-Service is an emerging requirement in many modern societies across the developed and developing world. New techniques for deployment at scale promise to improve the assurance of users' rights to access to various digital and physical resources, vastly more easily, cheaply and quickly. The post holder will:

  • Research into existing and new tools and techniques to support ID-as-a-service, that meets goals for privacy for users, and does not lead to unintended consequences.
  • Influence the design of future identity systems around the world - there are many pressures on the design of such systems, and the role should prove fascinating

Person Specification


  • A PhD in Computer Science, or a related discipline.
  • Experience of or aptitude for rigorous computer system and security design, implementation, measurement and evaluation, including experiment design, data capture, and data analysis. This may have been gained in commercial or industrial settings as well as through production of academic papers.
  • Good to substantial Knowledge of Privacy Enhancing Technologies capabilities and limitations is essential, especially basic privacy technologies, but also newer technologies, e.g. secure enclaves, distributed ledger tech, differential privacy, and secure multi-party computations (for example).
  • Specific experience with design of digital identity systems including newer ideas in self-sovereign systems and distributed and decentralised systems would be a bonus.
  • Ability to communicate clearly in English, in both written and spoken forms.
  • Experience of working independently and in medium to large-scale teams, on collaborative and interdisciplinary research projects with academic and industrial partners. Dealing with users in the real world will be very important.


  • Familiarity with data science techniques and applications, including machine learning and statistics.
  • Other language skills may be an asset.
  • The post holder may be required to travel within the UK and internationally.


This full-time post is offered on a fixed term contract until 2022, with possibility for extension (funding permitting).starting as soon as possible. Happy to Talk Flexible Working

The salary range offered for this role is £50,000 A competitive benefits package is also available (


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Closing date for applications: Sunday 23 Febraury 2020

Equality Diversity and Inclusion

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 or civil partnership status, pregnancy, religion or belief or sexual orientation. Reasonable adjustments are available to support candidates through the application and interview process. Happy to Talk Flexible Working

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