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Senior AI/ML Research Specialist

BMT is dedicated to tackling the most crucial engineering challenges of our era, fostering an environment where individuals with exceptional technical expertise provide meaningful, practical solutions. Committed to creating a safer, more efficient, effective, and sustainable future, BMT values diversity, equity, and inclusion, recognizing their pivotal role in achieving our business purpose. Learn more about BMT at www.bmt.org.

Why Work for Us?

Joining BMT means gaining access to a comprehensive set of employee benefits designed to empower your success. In addition to a competitive salary, our offerings encompass health, family, finance, and personal development, including:

  • Private Medical (family coverage)
  • Enhanced Pension
  • Flexible Working
  • Wellbeing Fund – an annual fund for personal hobbies or interests
  • 26 Days Annual Leave (plus bank holidays)
  • Holiday Trading
  • Retail Vouchers
  • Professional Subscriptions

At BMT, we pride ourselves on being a verified flexible workplace, providing freedom and choice. Learn more about our flexible status at Flexa Careers.

About the role

We are increasingly using our knowledge and expertise to drive transformative designs, technology and solutions around the world that will contribute towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). BMT’s focus SDGs are Climate Action and Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure. These goals matter most to our stakeholders and are where we believe we can have the greatest impact towards a better future.

We are seeking individuals who are passionate about addressing these global challenges and are proactive in finding opportunities to integrate sustainable practices as part their role.

As an AI/ML Research Specialist at BMT, you’ll bring invaluable expertise to our team, empowering our customers to overcome challenges through cutting-edge research and development. Here’s what awaits you:

  1. Diverse Techniques, Real-World Impact:
    • Apply a range of mathematical, statistical, predictive modelling, and machine-learning techniques.
    • Navigate the nuances and limitations of these methods to address customer needs effectively.
  2. Join Our Expanding Team:
    • Become part of our multi-disciplinary Information Systems team in the Defence and Security sector.
    • Explore unparalleled opportunities across diverse environments: land, sea, air, and space.
  3. Elevate Your Career in our collaborative AI and Data Science team:
    • Formal qualification opportunities and on-the-job training.
    • Opportunity to mentor and be supported in your professional growth.
  4. Collaborate and Innovate:
    • Engage in business development activities.
    • Liaise directly with customers, shaping solutions that matter.

In terms of location, we have offices in central Bath, Bristol, London, Fareham, Plymouth, or Weymouth, and we offer flexible and hybrid working arrangements.

About you

Are you fascinated by AI and ML? We’re seeking organized, driven individuals with research experience in AI/ML and data science. As part of our team, you’ll solve complex real-world problems and contribute to continuous technical development and applied research.

Essential Skills:

  • Mathematical Background: A degree or equivalent experience in a mathematical or closely related field. We value diverse educational backgrounds.
  • Advanced Education: A PhD in machine learning or equivalent expertise.
  • Cutting-Edge Techniques: Proven expertise with state-of-the-art techniques, examples including:
    • Agent-based ML
    • Reinforcement Learning
    • Deep Learning
    • Explainable AI
    • Transformers
    • Generative AI (Large Language Models and/or Small Language Models)
  • Industrial Research: Willingness to work on challenging industrial research projects. Your impact will be tangible.
  • Commercial Experience: Experience creating, writing and delivering bids/proposals.
  • Project Experience: Demonstrated success in researching and delivering ML/AI solutions.
  • Technical Leadership: Demonstratable technical leading experience including leading small teams.
  • MLOps: Exposure to MLOps practices.
  • Software Implementation: Proficiency in implementing data science and ML algorithms using Python.
  • Python Machine Learning Frameworks: Experience with one or more python machine learning frameworks such as Tensorflow, PyTorch or JAX
  • Code Quality Monitoring: Ability to monitor code quality and collaborate with team members to address any issues.[AW1] [2] Leading code reviews. Developing Tests.
  • Mentoring and Advising: Experience mentoring and advising team members in AI and data science technical and software development.
  • Effective Communication: Strong verbal and written skills, including an interest in bid writing. As much of our work is customer focused, your effective communication skills and ability to present professionally both verbally and in writing are important skills for this role. Mentorship and training can be provided to improve these skills.

Desirable Skills (Non-Essential):

  • Advanced Education: PhD. in machine learning/artificial intelligence or equivalent
  • Cloud Computing (Azure): Experience with Azure cloud services, enabling efficient AI/ML deployment and scalability.
  • Application Domains: experience in application domains such as Autonomy, NLP, Computer Vision, or Cyber Security. Your diverse interests enrich our work.
  • Line Management and/or Mentorship Experience guiding junior team members.
  • Docker: Familiarity of containerization using Docker.
  • Agile Projects: Productive experience working in agile projects.
  • Exposure to MLOps practices including understanding of testing for ML algorithms. ..
  • Code Quality Monitoring: Ability to monitor code quality and collaborate with team members to address any issues.
  • Other Programming Languages: We appreciate a wide range of technical proficiencies such as [AW3] [4] [KW5] C, C++ and NodeJS

We expect you to share our passion for creating a more environmentally and socially sustainable future for all our stakeholders.

Missing skills? Let us be the judge! BMT are passionate about people; we recognise that technology moves quickly and that no one can learn everything, which is why we seek those who can adapt and demonstrate the aptitude to learn. With enthusiasm and the right attitude, we can help you discover your potential.

Join us in shaping the future of AI research and development, where everyone’s contributions are valued!

This role will require you to be eligible for full UK security clearance and you should have resided in the UK for the past 5 years’.

What's Next?

If you are ready to contribute your skills and passion to a dynamic team addressing impactful challenges, we invite you to apply for this exciting opportunity with BMT. Join us in shaping a safer, more efficient, and sustainable future.

A message to recruitment agencies: We receive applications exclusively via our ATS. Please note that we do not accept CVs submitted via email to the HR department or staff within our Operational teams. We will not progress CVs shared on a speculative basis by email and you accept our right to pursue such candidates with no obligation to third-party terms and conditions or liability to a fee

Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Open to job sharing
Open to compressed hours
Enhanced maternity leave – After 1 years service, enhanced maternity to max 18 weeks
26 days annual leave + bank holidays
Wellbeing allowance – £300
Employees are very happy with their working location freedom
Employees are very happy with the flexibility in the hours they work
Employees are very happy with the benefits their company offers
Work-life balance
Employees feel that they can switch off quite easily from work
Role modelling
Employees feel that flexible working is part of the culture
Employees feel they have complete autonomy over getting their work done

Additional employee ratings
(these do not contribute to the FlexScore®)

Employees feel that the diversity is good and there are continued efforts to improve it
Employees feel that the culture supports equity and inclusivity well
Employees enjoy the working environment
Employees feel quite excited about the company mission
Employees feel that their salary is good and matches the value they bring

Working at BMT

Company employees


Gender diversity (male:female:non-binary)


Office locations

Teddington, Bath, Southampton, Fareham, Bristol, Plymouth, Weymouth, Leeds, Aberdeen, Glasgow

Hiring Countries





United Kingdom

United States

Awards & Achievements

Most flexible companies

Most flexible companies

Flexa100 2024
Professional Services

Professional Services

Industry awards 2023

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