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Research Associate, Molecular Biology

The Alan Turing Institute

Location: London
Salary: £37,000 to £42,000 plus excellent benefits
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 6th January 2022
Closes: 23rd January 2022
 

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 Research Associate will work as part of a team to develop computer vision and machine learning approaches to enable the intelligent sampling of cryo-electron microscopy image data. These approaches may be informed by prior knowledge and/or physical models of molecular structure, with the aim of determining molecular structures with enhanced resolution, and detail regarding dynamic states.

The Research Associate will also play an active part in all aspects of research from data preparation, to the development of research questions, modelling and analysis, and writing up publication. Technical meetings will take place between the partner institutions, establishing a robust platform for developing future programmes between the biological sciences, the Turing, the Franklin and the wider scientific community. This is a collaborative research role and so it is crucial that you enjoy working with others within an interdisciplinary research environment.

DUTIES AND AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

  • To develop ML or relevant techniques to understand, interpret, and extract features from experimental datasets
  • Implement these techniques in a commonly used programming language, like Python
  • Gather, curate and generate annotated datasets that can be used to develop ML algorithms
  • To work collaboratively with researchers, senior investigators from across the Turing, the Franklin, and external partners.
  • To attend and present research findings and papers at academic and professional conferences, and to contribute to the external visibility of the Turing and the Franklin.
  • To help create a friendly and approachable community of biosciences-focused experts, datasets and engineers, and facilitate integration with Turing's research programmes.

Person Specification 

  • A PhD or equivalent level of experience in biological and physical sciences, computer science, statistics, or mathematics, and particularly from candidates whose prior research has a strong computational focus
  • Demonstrable experience of coding in a language suitable for data science (e.g. python, R)
  • Familiarity with one or more machine learning toolsets (e.g. SciKit Learn, TensorFlow, PyTorch, etc.)
  • Experience in managing, structuring, and analysing research data
  • Excellent writing skills and proven ability to communicate complex, specialist or conceptual information/research findings clearly and persuasively to diverse audiences.

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

Terms and Conditions

This full time post is offered on a fixed term basis.  The annual salary is £37,000 - £42,000 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 £34,510 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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