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The goal of the CHANCE (Coupled Human and Natural Critical Ecosystems) project is to establish a new network science based modeling framework for critical infrastructure systems. The 3 year project is funded by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF) and part of the Program for Data-Centric Engineering (DCE). It will focus mainly on coupled water critical infrastructures (CI) that span both urban cores and rural peripheries. Further consideration to the wider food, transport, and energy nexus is also part of the project. The idea is to obtain new network science knowledge to complement existing agent-based scenario simulation methods. We will seek to understand the general stability of these ecosystems, as well as their capacity for adaptation in the face of attacks and perturbations. A concrete outcome of the project will be to create a big data CI modeling platform that can inform stakeholders of: (i) the stability and resilience scaling laws, (ii) prioritizing resilient investments, (iii) develop resilient adaptive algorithms for cyber-physical systems, and (iv) educate and inform the public about risk, uncertainty, and resilience.

The project will be reinforced by a number of associated parallel research projects in water networks, water infrastructure health monitoring, and network science. These will take place at the Turing and in the partner universities of University of Warwick, UCL, and Imperial College. At the Turing, access to both a large number of research experts, useful data sets, and cloud computer facilities is available.

The Research Associate (RA) will lead the implementation/development of network science algorithms and systems code for the CHANCE project. In the first instance, the CHANCE project will work closely with a number of water distribution and water-related CI operators to create representative network science models. The RA will work closely with investigators and other water engineering RAs at the partner universities to validate new models and develop resilience bounds and rewiring strategies that are both of scientific value and useful from a practical perspective. The RA will work with others to perform performance evaluation and comparison with other approaches, and in the preparation of conference and journal papers reporting on the results; to contribute to the ideas in the ongoing project, including looking at potential longer term impact development; and to plan the integration of any new ideas with emerging grant proposals. The position is suitable to candidates who have completed a PhD degree in a relevant field such as: network science, statistical physics, control engineering, and/or applied mathematics.

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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.




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: Chance/.

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

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