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Institute of Applied Data Science



Opportunity - Research Associate, Living With Machines

12 August 2020

The Alan Turing Institute is the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence. The Institute is  looking for a Research Associate, Living with Machines to work on the nineteenth-century census data. The candidate may be a historian with a background in demography, or a digital humanist or data scientist who has worked on historical or contemporary population data. The primary aim is to find a colleague who can think critically about how the digitised, machine-readable census enumerators’ returns can allow us to understand the impact of technological change on the lives of ordinary people.

As Research Associate on the Living with Machines Project you will work closely with the project PI (Prof Ruth Ahnert), and the wider inter-disciplinary team based at the Alan Turing Institute and the British Library. You will play an active part in all aspects of research from data preparation, to the development of research questions, modelling and analysis, and writing up/ publication. This is a collaborative research role and so it is crucial that you enjoy working with others, and are responsive within an iterative research process.

Closing date for applications: 14 September 2020 (apply via the link below)

The Living with Machines Project

The AHRC-funded project, 'Living with Machines', is looking for a Research Associate to join its team working on the social and cultural impact of mechanisation on the lives of ordinary people during the long nineteenth century, to work especially on digitised, machine-readable household-level census data.