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Research Associate

The Alan Turing Institute - Turing - RSS Lab: Providing independent research leadership to the Joint Biosecurity Centre

Location: London
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 1st September 2021
Closes: 30th November 2021

The Alan Turing Institute

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


The role holder(s) will have the opportunity to provide independent, rigorous statistical modelling and analysis to deliver new insights in the evolving fight against COVID-19 as well as provide further understanding of COVID-19 to the public and wider scientific community and enhance capacity within JBC to better forecast and model the current and future epidemics.

We are keen to support the full-time or part-time (0.4 FTE or more) secondment or fixed-term employment of Post-Doctoral Research Associate(s) to the Alan Turing Institute until 31 March 2022 in the first instance, but with the possibility of longer-term appointment subject to continued funding of the Lab.  

We also welcome applications from Research Assistants and candidates who have yet to complete their PhD.

The research team will benefit from the support of a Turing Research Project Manager from within its strategic Health and Medical Sciences Programme.


  • Attend and present research updates at regular lab meetings, and contribute to the external visibility of the Institute.
  • Write or contribute to publications or disseminate research findings using other appropriate media
  • Adhere to modern principles of reproducible and ethical data science in carrying out their responsibilities.

Please see our portal for a full breakdown of the Duties and Responsibilities..

Person Specification


  • A PhD (or equivalent experience and/or qualifications) in a relevant area which will include Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, or related discipline
  • Substantial experience in statistical modelling
  • Experience in performing data analysis on substantial real-world problems
  • Significant experience of using a modern statistical programming language (such as R or Python)

Please see our portal for a full breakdown of the Job Description.

Terms and Conditions

This secondment post is offered on a fixed-term basis until 31 March 2022

The successful candidates will be seconded to Turing for the duration of this project, allowing them to access the JBC Secure Research Environment under the Data Access Agreement between the Alan Turing Institute and the Department for Health and Social Care. A secondment agreement will have to be formally put in place and no work on the project will be able to take place until the agreement is signed.

Application procedure

Please see our jobs portal for full details on how to apply and the interview process.

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

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