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Research Associate, Homomorphic Encryption

The Alan Turing Institute

Location: London
Salary: £37,000 to £420,000 plus excellent benefits, including flexible working and family friendly policies
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 24th November 2021
Closes: 20th December 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

The successful candidate will work in partnership with our industry partner HSBC on a project that is aligned to the Privacy and Security research theme within FAIR. The successful candidate will engage with companies and regulators globally to build a picture of activity in homomorphic encryption.

Through collecting examples and building understanding of where homomorphic encryption has been put into production at scale, a clear business-case with a tangible evidence-base can be produced to secure buy-in and investment in homomorphic encryption at a senior level within HSBC.

DUTIES AND AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

  • Contribute to an understanding of the current application of homomorphic encryption (HE) in practice through secondary research including:
  • Identifying commercial solutions for HE in the finance sector and adjacent sectors
  • Contribute to an understanding of the current application of homomorphic encryption (HE) in practice through primary, qualitative research including: 
  • Understanding the technical challenges faced in, and benefits derived from, the deployment of HE in finance and adjacent sectors 
  • Support collaboration with academic experts and broader research partners from across the Turing and the wider Turing community  

Person Specification

  • PhD in Mathematics, Statistics, Economics, Operations Research, Computer Science or closely related discipline.
  • A background in one or more of the following: Probability Theory, Stochastic Analysis and Control, Bayesian Inference and Probabilistic Machine Learning, mathematical Modelling of collective behaviour of interacting systems and rigorous agent-based modelling.
  • Experience in design, development and implementation of research software libraries, ideally using one of the following: Python, R, Julia and their associated frameworks.
  • Hands-on experience with Machine Learning methods
  • Experience in publishing research papers, code libraries or technical reports and giving presentations or classes on technical subjects. 
  • Ability to organise working time, take the initiative, and carry out research independently, under the guidance of the PI

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

Terms and Conditions

This post is offered on a fixed term basis, at an annual salary of £37,000-£42,0000 plus excellent benefits, including flexible working and family friendly policies,  https://www.turing.ac.uk/work-turing/why-work-turing/employee-benefits.

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant at a salary of £34,500 per annum.

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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