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Post Doctoral Associate (EXPIRED)

Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh

Job category Postdoc or similar / Fixed term
AOS Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence
AOS categories Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Cognitive Science
Philosophy of Computing
Applied Ethics
AOC Open
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Location Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Start date Early summer 2020
Job description

Project: Practical Wisdom and Intelligent Machines

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral associate position funded at the University of Pittsburgh by an award to Prof. Colin Allen (History & Philosophy of Science) from the Templeton World Charity Foundation with the title “Practical Wisdom and Intelligent Machines”. The successful applicant will hold a PhD on or before May 15, 2020 in a field relevant to the project and is expected to have demonstrable capacity to work in an interdisciplinary context that involves philosophy, computing, and cognitive science. The goal of the project is to develop a framework for defining and enhancing practical wisdom in human-machine interactions. The postdoc and principal investigator will work together to develop strategies and recommendations for mitigating dangers that arise due to both current limitations in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML) Systems and the barriers to sound, experience-based judgment when humans must make real-time adjustments to AI/ML behavior with only partial understanding of how such systems work. The duties of the postdoctoral associate will be split between collaborative research with the P.I. including preparing manuscripts for publication (50%), their own research (25%), and coordinating workshops and other collaborations funded by the grant (25%). The initial appointment will be for 12 months with the possibility of renewal for an additional 12 months.  Budgeted salary for year one is $50,000 plus benefits.  Budgeted salary for year two is $52,514 plus benefits.

The Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences is committed to building and fostering a culturally diverse environment.  Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills and ability to work effectively with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in support of a diverse community are required.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets   

How to apply
Application type Email
Please send academic CV, a brief cover letter highlighting relevant experience and interest in this position, and the names and contact information of two references.
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Deadline for full consideration: February 29, 2020, 11:59pm EST

(applications under review)

Hard deadline No deadline specified (applications considered on an ongoing basis)
Contact name Colin Allen
Contact email
Time created February 14, 2020, 2:54pm EST
Scheduled expiry date September 1, 2020, 2:15pm EST
Expired on March 16, 2020, 10:19am EST
Last updated March 16, 2020, 10:19am EST
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