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Research Assistant - Security, Privacy & Machine Learning

The Alan Turing Institute - AI for Cyber Defence Research Centre

Location: London
Salary: £36,326 plus excellent benefits
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 25th January 2023
Closes: 19th February 2023
 

CLOSES: 19 February 2023 at 23:59

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

This role will sit within the new AI for Cyber Defence (AICD) Research Centre. The AICD is aiming to become a world-class research centre, at the Alan Turing Institute, focussed on delivering the science needed for developing autonomous and resilient cyber defence using reinforcement learning (RL) and other autonomous approaches to learning from interaction. This involves both the application of existing AI algorithms and techniques as well as fundamentally advancing AI where necessary.

The technical scope of this role includes:

  • Advancing open security and privacy problems that might be solved with modern AI techniques
  • Conducting relevant foundational research on AI including making improvements to existing techniques and proposing alternatives that advance the state of the art.
  • Writing papers for submission to high quality peer review venues (e.g., USENIX, ACM CCS, AAAI, ICML, NeurIPS, IEEE S&P).

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Pursue collaborative research of high quality, consistent with making a full active research contribution in line with the research strategy outlined by the Centre Leads.
  • Write or contribute to publications or disseminate research findings using other appropriate media.
  • Attend and present research findings and papers at academic and professional conferences, and to contribute to the external visibility of the Institute.
  • Ensure compliance with secure handling of data and health and safety in all aspects of work.
  • Participate in and develop internal and external partnerships, for example to identify sources of funding, generate income, obtain projects, or build relationships for future activities.
  • Contribute to the running of workshops to showcase early-stage research in the area.
  • Participate in international research challenges and competitions.  

Person Specification

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 until March 2025. The annual salary is £36,326 plus excellent benefits, including flexible working and family friendly policies, https://www.turing.ac.uk/work-turing/why-work-turing/employee-benefits

The Alan Turing Institute is based at the British Library, in the heart of London’s Knowledge Quarter.

We are currently assessing the results of our hybrid working trial, which ran for six months. We will soon publish a long-term workplace policy: as a guide, we anticipate this will be between 2-4 days per month. Some roles may require the jobholder to spend a greater number of days in the office, but the hiring manager will be able to confirm this during the interview

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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