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Research Associates; Probabilistic Programming Language

The Alan Turing Institute

Location: London
Salary: £42,893 to £48,510 plus excellent benefits
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 29th January 2024
Closes: 25th February 2024
 

HOURS: 36

The Alan Turing Institute

Named in honour of Alan Turing, the Institute is a place for inspiring, exciting work and we need passionate, sharp, and innovative people who want to use their skills to contribute to our mission to make great leaps in data science and AI research to change the world for the better.

Please find more information about us here

BACKGROUND

In 2022, the Alan Turing Institute signalled its intention to establish a portfolio of foundational AI research, which would complement the strengths of the institute around applications of AI and AI policy. An initial portfolio of research across three pillars, foundation models, game theory, and probabilistic programming, was launched in early 2023.

We are looking for two highly creative and motivated postdoc Research Associates to join the team and will work on the broad “Composable, Parallelisable and User-Friendly Inference” theme within the Probabilistic Programming Pillar.

The research associates will be based at either the University of Cambridge or the Alan Turing Institute and will be responsible for one of the above research areas and supporting PIs with the overall delivery of the project.

DUTIES AND AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

  • Work closely with other project team members.
  • Keep on top of the state of the art in the relevant literature.
  • Develop Turing.jl, as described in research areas 1 and 2 above and update its documentation accordingly.
  • Help mentor the Research Software Engineering team members.
  • Disseminate the research output to the research community, e.g., by giving talks at international conferences.

Person Specification

  • Research Associate level: PhD in Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Engineering, Statistics, Machine Learning, or a closely related discipline.
  • Research Assistant level: Near completion (thesis submitted) of a PhD or equivalent level of professional qualification in Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Engineering, Statistics, Machine Learning, or a closely related discipline
  • A solid background in one or more of the following: Bayesian inference, MCMC, graphical models

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

Terms and Conditions

This full-time post is offered on a 1-year fixed-term basis with the option to extend it for a further 2 years. The annual salary is £42,893 - £48,510, 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 £40,148 per annum.

The Alan Turing Institute is based at the British Library, in the heart of London’s Knowledge Quarter. We expect staff to come to our office at least 4 days per month. Some roles may require more days in the office; the hiring manager will be able to confirm this during the interview.

Application procedure

Please see our jobs portal (via the ‘Apply’ button above) for full details on how to apply and the interview process.

Equality Diversity and Inclusion

We are committed to making sure our recruitment process is accessible and inclusive.

This includes making reasonable adjustments for candidates who have a disability or long-term condition. Please contact us at adjustments@turing.ac.uk  to find out how we can assist you.

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