Research Associates, Probabilistic Programming Language

The Alan Turing Institute

The Alan Turing Institute

Posted on Monday, January 29, 2024

Company Description

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.

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Position


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. In addition, as an employee of the Alan Turing Institute (ATI), the research associates will have access to the ATI offices in London, where they can interact with the wider ATI community.


DUTIES AND AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

The duties of the research associates will include:


  • 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.
  • Help to write academic research papers.
  • Disseminate the research output to the research community, e.g., by giving talks at international conferences.
  • Present, disseminate and explain our work at internal and external events hosted by the ATI.
  • Contribute to the life of the ATI and support its community.

Requirements

  • 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
  • Record of accomplishment of the ability to initiate, develop and deliver high-quality research aligned with the research strategy indicated by the PI and to publish in peer-reviewed journals and conferences; and giving presentations or classes on technical subjects.
  • Ability to rapidly assimilate new computational and mathematical ideas and techniques on the job and apply them successfully.
  • Excellent writing skills and a proven ability to communicate complex, specialist, or conceptual information/research findings clearly and persuasively to diverse audiences, including the ability to explain technical concepts to technical and non-technical audiences.

Other information

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

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.


QUALITY, 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.

Please note all offers of employment are subject to obtaining and retaining the right to work in the UK and satisfactory pre-employment security screening which includes a DBS Check.