Senior Research Fellow- Arts and Humanities

The Alan Turing Institute

United Kingdom

November 28, 2021

Job overview


Company Description

The Alan Turing Institute is the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence. The Institute is named in honour of the scientist Alan Turing and its mission is to make great leaps in data science and artificial intelligence research in order to change the world for the better.


The Alan Turing Institute’s Data Science for Science and Humanities programme is looking to second an Academic Lead to work on research that applies data science and AI methods in the Arts and Humanities domain. We are looking for people who will significantly grow the research activity at The Alan Turing Institute, in collaboration with our partner organisations, and gain external funding to underpin this activity. Candidates will be experts in data science and artificial intelligence with experience in working in an interdisciplinary setting, within the context of Arts and Humanities. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Digital Humanities
  • Computational Linguistics
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Computer Vision
  • History of Science and Technology
  • Creative AI
  • AI Explainability
  • Digital Media


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Working closely with the Arts, Humanities and Cultural heritage Steering Group, Research Engineering Group, TIGs, major projects…
  • Consolidating existing expertise and interests at Turing, building community, and developing a vision for the key strategic interventions that humanities research can make in partnership with data science and AI
  • To conduct outstanding, creative and innovative research in Data Science for the Arts and Humanities, and to develop internationally-significant outcomes through high-impact publications and partnerships.
  • To develop Collaborations with key partners (e.g. from Universities, Museums, Cultural Centres, charities, industry and government agencies);
  • To obtain external funding bids to underpin and grow the research activity in this area at The Alan Turing Institute.
  • Represent the Turing to key stakeholders, such as funding agencies, and government;
  • Disseminate research to both academic and non-academic audiences (including public engagement);
  • To play a role in advancing the Turing’s Data Science for Science and Humanities programme.
  • Some teaching/training may be required as part of collaboration work.


The ideal candidate will have:

  • Expertise in state-of-the-art methods in data science and computational intelligence applied to the arts and humanities
  • Track record of obtaining funding for multi-disciplinary research, including at the intersection of AI/Data Science and Arts and Humanities
  • Outstanding publication record
  • Excellent communication, negotiation and influencing skills at all levels
  • Able to present complex information in an audience-appropriate format
  • Experience of making recommendations to contribute to strategic planning
  • Be aware of external factors impacting on workload and monitor resourcing requirements to continuously provide a quality service
  • Ability to make strategic or operational decisions collaboratively as part of a team
  • Ability to lead on a large project with responsibility for developing and communicating action plans and objectives linked to organisational strategy
  • Experience of managing workforce and/or financial planning in response to current and future needs for the area/department/project.

Other information

Application Procedure

If you are interested in this opportunity, please click the apply button below. You will need to register on the applicant portal and complete the application form including your CV and covering letter. If you have questions about the role or would like to apply using a different format, please contact us via email

Closing date for applications: 28 November 2021 at 23:59

In the event of increased interest and receiving a high volume of applicants for this role, we reserve the right to close this vacancy early or to interview suitable candidates before the closing date.

Terms and Conditions

This post offered on a part time 0.5 fixed term contract basis until 31 March 2023. Competitive annual salary plus excellent benefits, including flexible working and family friendly policies,

Secondments from University Partners are welcome

From 04 January 2022, The Alan Turing Institute will trial a Hybrid Working Model for an initial six-month trial period. The Initial expectation is that staff will be based at the above location for at least 2-4 days per month.Remote working days will be subject to the operational and role requirements and are to be agreed with the Line Manager

Equality 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 orentation.

We are committed to building a diverse community and would like our leadership teal to reflect this. We therefore welcome applications from the broadest spectrum of backgrounds.

Reasonable adjustments to the interview process will be made for any candidates with a disability.
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.

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