Programme Director

London (GB)
09 Aug 2017
End of advertisement period
29 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Programme Directors 

We are seeking top talent in data science to join the Institute’s growing team of Programme Directors.

JOB TITLE    Programme Director(s)
LOCATION    British Library, London
SALARY       Competitive
HOURS         Full time
CONTRACT TYPE   Permanent (or secondment)
CLOSES       29th September 2017 

Launched in November 2015, the Alan Turing Institute is the national institute for data science. Our mission is to make great leaps in data science research to change the world for the better.

The Institute is headquartered at The British Library, and brings together researchers from a range of disciplines – mathematics, statistics, computing, engineering and social sciences, – from five leading universities and industry partners.

Applications are invited for up to three positions, each to lead in areas of strategic importance to the Institute. A list of desired, though not exclusive, areas in which Programme Director leadership would be welcomed is listed below. The role also includes an opportunity for the individuals to lead their own programme of research (% FTE to be negotiated).

This is a stand-out opportunity to join a prestigious research institute and shape its agenda at an important and exciting time in its development.

This role is ideally suited to candidates who are leading researchers in data science with an outstanding track record in collaborative research across data science related disciplines (mathematical sciences, statistics, computing sciences and/or social sciences) and with deep interests in data-driven methods and/or approaches for tackling real-world problems using data and data science methods and tools.  It offers the opportunity to shape the Institute’s research, training, translation and knowledge exchange priorities and establish new programmes of work. We are particularly interested to hear from candidates whose interests are within data science applied to health and well-being or machine learning and artificial intelligence. Other areas of relevance to the Institute include fundamental challenges in data science and data science for government.

Generating new insights and answers to important questions from data in one or several of these themes will be a cornerstone of the role. Experience of leading substantial research programmes, either in industry, government or academia, is highly desirable.  The candidate will also have a strong track record in leadership, management and development in a research context and will contribute broadly to the core mission of the Institute, working closely with the Institute’s senior team, other Programme Directors and the Programme Committee to continue to shape the Institute’s strategy and ensure effective delivery of the Institute’s vision and mission.


This is an exciting opportunity to join a diverse, growing organisation with a strong team of individuals at the helm. There is a generous benefits package including Health Care, enrolment into a generous pension scheme, Cycle2work and childcare vouchers. The Institute also offers 30 days’ holiday per year exclusive of bank holidays.

Further information about the role, duties and responsibilities can be found on the Turing website and person specification: Programme Director
If you consider that you meet the criteria set out in the person specification and would like to apply for the role, please send your CV, with contact details for your referees and a covering letter that outlines how you meet the person specification above and your research interests to

Long-listed candidates will be invited to submit a research proposal. Further details will be circulated to successful candidates in early October.
Short-listed candidates will be invited to interview: w/c 6 November 2017
If you have questions or would like to discuss the role further with a member of the Institute’s HR Team, please contact them on 0203 862 3375 or email

Note if you do not hear back from us by the 23rd October 2017, please assume your application has not been successful.

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 a subject to successful security screening and continuous eligibility to work in the UK.  

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