Postdoctoral Researcher in Philosophy or Ethics (with focus on AI and self-determination)
Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, Umeå University, Sweden
|Job category||Postdoc or similar / Fixed term|
|AOS||Priority to applicants with published research on either self-determination (autonomy, liberty, authenticity, etc.) or emerging technologies, in particular but not exclusively AI.|
|Organization's reference number||AN 2.2.1-1167-19|
|Location||Umeå, Västerbotten, Sweden|
|Start date||January 1st, 2020 unless otherwise agreed|
The Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies is looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher in Philosophy or Ethics for a project on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and user self-determination. The employment period is two years full-time (100%).
The postdoc is also expected to contribute to a case study of how the design of assistive AI impacts on user self-determination (on different conceptions of this concept). The case study may involve computer simulations, but no such previous knowledge or experience is required.
The position is one of eight positions within the research project Artificial Intelligence - Destroyer or Enabler of Democracy and Self-determination, led by Professor Virgina Dignum. Collaboration with other members of the research project is expected, in particular with Associate Professor Kalle Grill, co-PI in the research project.
The project is part of the Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program – Humanities and Society (WASP-HS). The program is initiated and generously funded by the Wallenberg Foundations. The vision of WASP-HS is to achieve excellent research and competence on the ethical, economic, labor market, social and legal aspects of Artificial Intelligence. For more information about the research and other activities conducted within WASP-HS please visit http://wasp-sweden.org/.
The selected candidate is expected to contribute to the development of the local research environment by actively participating in the departmental activities, such as research seminars and workshops. Certain limited administrative tasks related to research activities may also be required. Conference travels etc. are funded.
Qualifications and assessments
Research merits will be of primary importance in the evaluation of applicants, followed by the quality and feasibility of a brief statement of research interests and ideas relevant for the position. Priority will be given to applicants with published research on either self-determination (autonomy, liberty, authenticity, etc.) or emerging technologies, in particular but not exclusively AI. Previous experience of multi-disciplinary work is a significant merit.
Good writing and oral communication skills in English, as well as good ability to work with others, are requirements for this position.
(1) A letter of interest explaining your motivation for applying for the present position (1-2 pp)
The application is to be submitted via e-recruiting system Varbi, no later than October 15th, 2019.
There are currently fewer female than male lecturers and researchers in philosophy, and we therefore especially encourage applications from female candidates.
For more information about the employment, contact Associate Professor Kalle Grill (+46-90-7865163, email@example.com) or Head of Department Jonas Nilsson (+46-90-7866807, firstname.lastname@example.org).
For information about the department, see Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies.
We look forward to receiving your application!
2020-01-01 unless otherwise agreed
Jonas Nilsson, Head of Department
+46 90-786 99 90, email@example.com
Kalle Grill, Associate Professor
+46 90 786 68 07, firstname.lastname@example.org
SACO: +46 90-786 53 65
SEKO: +46 90-786 52 96
ST: +46 90-786 54 31
Umeå University wants to offer an equal environment where open dialogue between people with different backgrounds and perspectives lay the foundation for learning, creativity and development. We welcome people with different backgrounds and experiences to apply for the current employment.
|How to apply|
|Web address to apply||https://www.umu.se/en/work-with-us/open-positions/...|
|Hard deadline||October 15, 2019, 11:59pm CET|
|Web address for more information||https://www.umu.se/en/work-with-us/open-positions/...|
|Contact name||Kalle Grill|
|Contact phone||+46 90 786 68 07|
|Time created||August 28, 2019, 12:15pm EST|
|Scheduled expiry date||October 15, 2019, 11:59pm CET|
|Last updated||August 28, 2019, 12:15pm EST|
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