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Research Associate, Online Safety

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CLOSES : Wednesday 22 November 2023 at 23:59 (London, UK GMT)


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.


The Alan Turing Institute’s Online Safety Team, which is part of the Public Policy Programme, is a research grouping specialised in understanding and mitigating online harms, with a particular focus on hate speech, abuse and misinformation. Our work supports the core Turing Institute goals of both advancing foundational research in artificial intelligence and translating this research directly into practical impact by working closely with government and civil society.


The successful candidate will work with a team of people specialising in the development of AI technology for the public good, with a particular focus on online safety. They will require either a PhD in a related area, master’s degree or equivalent level of professional experience. The successful candidate can creatively solve problems, perform literature reviews and work across the team to contribute and assist in diverse research activities.


  • Conduct original research in the area of artificial intelligence for online safety with a focus on survey and experimental based techniques.
  • Support the Head of Online Safety in writing grant applications and submitting funding proposals.
  • Contribute to the national and international landscape of research and applications in online safety / AI and public policy. 
  • Carry out collaborative projects with colleagues in partner institutions, and research groups.
  • Support the work of policymakers, regulators, and others by providing advice, attending workshops and giving talks.


  • Ability to creatively solve problems, working both independently and with other team members.
  • Able to analyse and resolve problems and take steps to prevent future recurrence.
  • Ability to lead one’s own work, including planning and execution, and to prioritise work to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work across the team to contribute and assist in diverse research activities.

Please see our portal for a full breakdown of the Job Description.


This post is offered on a fixed-term basis, until 31 March 2025 either part time (minimum 0.5 FTE) or full time. The annual full-time salary as a Research Associate is £42,893 – £48,510 (depending on experience). Our offer will include the excellent benefits, including flexible working and family friendly policies,

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant at a full-time 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.


Please see our jobs portal (via the ‘Apply’ button above) for full details on how to apply and the interview process.


We are committed to making sure our recruitment process is accessible and inclusive.

This includes making reasonable adjustments for candidates who have a disability or long-term condition. Please contact us at [email protected]  to find out how we can assist you.

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