Research Assistant in Data Ethics

We invite applications from talented individuals to support the Data Science Ethics work of the Alan Turing Institute.

JOB TITLE Research Assistant in Data Ethics
LOCATION Turing Head Office, British Library, London
SALARY £35,000 p.a. (negotiable dependent on skills & experience)
HOURS Full-time
CONTRACT TYPE Fixed-term secondment (12 months)
PLACED ON 06 March 2017
CLOSES 05 April 2017


The Alan Turing Institute (the Turing) is the national centre for data science, established in 2015 with the mission to make great leaps in transformational data science research that will have positive real-world impacts.

The Turing is headquartered at The British Library, and brings together researchers from a range of disciplines – mathematics, statistics, computing and social sciences, engineering.  More than 90 Faculty Fellows are currently in-post from our five founding partner universities (Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford, UCL and Warwick), based part-time at the Turing HQ, along with a growing number of full-time Research Fellows and PhD students. For a list of all Faculty and Research Fellows and their interests please see our webpage: www.turing.ac.uk/people.

We invite you to join us as we grow our research community, supporting our goal to develop the next generation of data science leaders, shape the public conversation, and push the boundaries of this new science for the public good.


The Research Assistant (RA) will support research activities in data ethics developed at the Turing, not only to ensure the development of ethically-sound data science, but also to raise awareness of its importance and foster its appreciation within the Institute, its Joint-Venture University members, its Partners and the public. This will help to maximise the scientific and societal value of the data science and the leadership of the Turing in the field, nationally and internationally.

The position is available immediately and suitable to candidates who have completed a master degree in a relevant field or have experience in a similar policy or related role will also be considered favourably for this post. The position is available immediately for one year in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal thereafter. You are expected to move to London to take up the position and travel to the five Turing founding universities (Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford, Warwick and UCL).


Further information about the Turing, the role, duties and responsibilities can be found on the Turing website and person specification: Ethics RA Person Spec. (ATI0026).

If you consider that you meet the criteria set out in the person specification and would like to apply for the role, please email your CV and cover letter to jobs@turing.ac.uk.

If you have questions or would like to discuss the role further with a member of the Institute’s HR Team, please email HR@turing.ac.uk or call 0203 8623322.

Applicants who would like to receive this advert in an alternative format or who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on 0203 862 3000 and quote the reference number ATI-0026 when calling.


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 status, pregnancy, religion or belief or sexual orientation. Reasonable adjustments to the interview process can also be made for any candidates with a disability.

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

Full details on the pre-employment screening process can be requested from HR@turing.ac.uk.