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Postdoctoral Research Associate, Text Analysis and Causal Inference

The Alan Turing Institute

Location: London
Salary: £37,000 to £42,000 p.a.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 13th September 2021
Closes: 17th October 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.

ROLE PURPOSE

We are looking to hire an outstanding researcher with a background at the intersection of text analysis (e.g., natural language processing), large-scale data, and causal inference (e.g., do-calculus and directed-acyclic graphs) to support various research projects in the area of modelling for policy. The post-holder will join the Public Policy programme and will be a part of a multidisciplinary team of data scientists and modellers focused on developing a new programme of research in policy modelling. 

The aim of this role is to construct novel large-scale datasets of public interest (e.g., news corpus linked to macroeconomic data, social-media content linked to government documents, open-spending data linked to development indicators, etc.), and to build statistical causal models that can complement other streams of work in the area of modelling for policy. Given the growing international reputation of The Alan Turing Institute, knowledge in one or more major languages, other than English, is desirable. The candidate will have experience in sourcing different types of large-scale datasets (this may include non-structured ones), as well as in pre-processing, analysing, and specifying and estimating statistical causal models through methods such as do-calculus. 

DUTIES AND AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

  • To construct novel large-scale datasets of public interest and to build statistical causal models.
  • To identify and curate data sources that can be used to calibrate/estimate and validate the models.
  • To translate the results from these models into intuitive lessons for policy-makers.
  • To work with other Postdoctoral Research Associates across the Policy Modelling research group and the Public Policy programme.
  • To develop work plans to ensure timely delivery of objectives and assist with quarterly grant reports.
  • To prepare research outputs that are tailored to a diverse audience, ranging from policy-makers to academic researchers, civil society, and the general public.
  • To present papers and research outputs at external conferences and events.  

Person Specification 

  • A PhD or equivalent level of professional experience in any quantitative discipline related to socioeconomic systems, statistics, computer science, or computational social sciences.
  • A solid track record in innovative applications of tools such as natural language processing and do-calculus.
  • Experienced in working with textual large-scale datasets from various sources and formats.

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Terms and Conditions

This is a full-time post on a 2-year fixed term contract length. The annual salary is £37,000 to £42,000 plus excellent benefits, including flexible working and family friendly policies,  https://www.turing.ac.uk/work-turing/why-work-turing/employee-benefits 

Application procedure

Please see our jobs portal for full details on how to apply. 

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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