Alan Turing Institute Research Fellowships in Data Science 2017, UK

Publish Date: Dec 09, 2016

Deadline: Dec 20, 2016

Alan Turing Institute Research Fellowships

We invite applications from talented postdoctoral researchers for an Alan Turing Research Fellowship Award in the area of data science. Researchers will be working on data science broadly interpreted. These prestigious fellowships provide initial funding for three years with the opportunity to apply for an extension of up to two additional years. Five or more positions are available.

The Alan Turing Institute

The Alan Turing Institute (the Turing) is the national centre for data science, created in 2015 with the mission to make great leaps in data science research to change the world for the better.

The Institute has cross-disciplinarity at its core; we bring researchers in mathematics and theoretical computer science, statistics and machine learning, algorithm for data analytics and distributed computing, computational social science and data ethics, and industry partners, to work together in an open and collaborative environment under a shared goal to generate world-class research in data science.

Our researchers are motivated by driving impact, both through theoretical development and application to real-world problems. In our first year we have identified six priority sectors to focus our translational research:

Data Centric Engineering, Defence and Security, Smart Cities, Culture & Media, Financial Services, and Health & Wellbeing, and have attracted major funders including Intel, Lloyd’s Register Foundation, GCHQ and HSBC to work with us as strategic partners to advance research in these areas.

More than 90 Faculty Fellows from our five founding partner universities (Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford, UCL and Warwick) are currently based part-time at the Turing in London, along with a growing number of full-time Research Fellows and research students. 

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.

This call

Through this targeted call we are seeking outstanding early career researchers to join us at the Turing.

Fellowships will be awarded to individual candidates who will hold the award at one of our partner universities (Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford, UCL and Warwick), where the candidate will be employed, but spend most of their time at the Turing Headquarters in the British Library, London.

The fellowships offer successful candidates the unique opportunity to work with faculty from all five partner universities, as well as researchers within the host university and collaborators from across the international data science community.

Through this call we intend to strengthen our capacity for translational research in the challenge areas outlined in our Shaping our Strategy document:

  1. Data Centric Engineering
  2. Defence & Security
  3. Culture & Media
  4. Smart Cities
  5. Financial Services
  6. Health & Wellbeing

Within financial services we are particularly interested in online transactions, automated auctions, blockchain & distributed ledgers.

In addition, we are also offering Fellowships to candidates with cross cutting skills and research interests including privacy, social sciences, systems & platforms, and statistics.

Key eligibility requirements

Successful candidates are expected to have:

  1. a PhD or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject at the point of taking up the Fellowship.
  2. an excellent publication record and/or have demonstrated excellent research potential such as via preprints.
  3. a novel and challenging research agenda that will advance the strategic objectives of the Institute.
  4. evidence of working collaboratively with leadership potential.

Fellowships are open to all qualified applicants, regardless of background.

Diversity and equality are promoted in all aspects of the award offer process and career management of our researchers. In keeping with the principles of the Turing, we especially encourage applications from female researchers and ethnic minorities.

Application procedure

Applicants should read the Fellowship Descriptor and Information and Guidance for Applicants before making an application.

Applications should be made in the  "Further official information" below this announcement. 

You will be asked to complete the application form online and provide (in pdf format);

  • Your Curriculum Vitae including publications and previous degrees.
  • A research proposal with emphasis on your vision and ambitions (maximum 3 x A4 sides).

References must be received in order to submit your application. You will be asked to provide contact details for three references. They must login and submit a pdf letter of recommendation before the closing date. It is advised you request this from your references as soon as possible as incomplete applications will not be accepted.


The Alan Turing Institute (as the funder) and its partner universities (as the employer) reserves the right to reject, at any stage, applications that do not fit the remit, eligibility or ethos of this scheme. Fellowships awarded by The Alan Turing Institute are non-transferrable.

Informal enquiries about the application process should be directed to:

For more information click "Further official information" below.

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