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The goal of the GUARD (Global Urban Analytics for Resilient Defence) project is to establish a new modeling framework for conflict prediction across multiple spatial and temporal scales. Funded under the Defence & Securities programme at the Alan Turing Institute, the project will focus on new data science methods for urban analytics. The idea is to multiplex spatial interaction modeling of threat with network science modeling of community boundaries. The project will work closely with the Defence & Security community in the United Kingdom. A concrete outcome of the GUARD project will be a new approach to understanding the causal mechanisms that lead to (i) major global escalations, (ii) conflicts without end, and (iii) escalation of threat.

In addition to the defence & securities partner, there are several research groups working in this area at the investigators’ universities (Warwick and UCL), as well as special interest groups in urban analytics, network modeling, and spatial interaction at the Alan Turing Institute.

The Research Associate will lead the implementation/development of interaction and network based mathematical algorithms for conflict prediction. The essential underlying framework combines: differential equations, multi-objective optimisation, and network science. The associate is expected to work with the primary investigators: Dr. Weisi Guo and Sir Alan Wilson, as well as key stakeholder partners in defence & securities.

The position is for 2 years and is suitable to candidates who have completed a PhD degree in a relevant field, such as mathematics, applied physics, statistics, and computer science (network science). Experience in a geographical information system data wrangling and visualisation will also be desirable.

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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: GUARD/.

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

If you have any queries or would like to discuss the role further, please HR Team on 0207 8623339 or email

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Note if you do not hear back from us by the 18th July 2017, please assume your application has not been successful.

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