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Research Fellow, Philosophy or Ethics of AI (EXPIRED)

Centre for Philosophy and AI Research (PAIR), Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Job category Postdoc or similar / Fixed term
AOS Philosophy or Ethics of AI (very broadly conceived)
AOS categories Metaphysics and Epistemology
Decision Theory
Philosophy of Cognitive Science
Philosophy of Computing
Philosophy of Science
Applied Ethics
AOC Open
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Location Erlangen, Bavaria, Germany
Start date 01.10.2023 (negotiable)
Job description

- Environment
The Centre for Philosophy and AI Research (PAIR) was founded in 2022 with support from a prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Professorship for Vincent C. Müller at the Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU, est. 1743). In addition to the AvH Foundation, PAIR is funded by the University, and 3rd party research funding. PAIR aims to be one of the internationally leading institutions for fundamental issues of AI, both normative (ethical) and descriptive (theoretical): “What is AI, what can AI be, what should AI be?" Our vision is to help set the agenda in the philosophy and ethics of AI, through publications, events, structures, and visible activities. This research will generate intellectual progress that can have a deep impact towards a better society. Our work involves excellent people with a background in philosophy, cognitive sciences, social sciences and computer science. We offer a stimulating, supportive and pleasant research environment – situated in a lively and modern workplace in the centre of beautiful Erlangen. The working language at PAIR is English.

Membership of PAIR includes a director, a director of research, post-doc research fellows, PhD students, visiting fellows, and affiliated FAU faculty. We will also have associates (external to FAU), sponsors, interns, friends, and an Advisory Committee.

- Tasks
What matters to us is your contribution to intellectual progress in research, plus contributions to the team overall (publications, funding, visibility, cooperation, ...). Academic excellence is assumed, as are teamwork, an international outlook and fluent English. The position involves co-supervision of PhD candidates at the Centre and possibly contributions to classroom teaching (jointly not more than 20% FTE). Research fellows are expected to be mostly working on-site at PAIR.

- Benefits
Salary at level TV-L E13, full-time (currently ca. €50-73000/year, before tax). The employment includes social security benefits, health insurance (1/2 employer, 1/2 employee), pension, sick pay, etc. There is funding for travel to conferences and for the organization of events.

Starting date: 01.10.2023 (negotiable)

The appointment is initially for three years, but it will be extended upon good performance. Employment beyond AvH Funding (ca. 09/28) will depend on the funding situation by then. Part-time employment is a possibility.

Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. In its pursuit of academic excellence, FAU is committed to equality of opportunity and to a proactive and inclusive approach, which supports and encourages all under-represented groups, promotes an inclusive culture and values diversity. FAU is a family-friendly employer.

- Requirements
PhD in a relevant field, by the time of appointment.
We do not require that applicants already have a visa & work permit for the EU/Germany.

How to apply
Application type Email
- Procedure Applications via e-mail to [email protected], with subject "Fellow", with a single PDF that includes: • A one-page motivation letter • CV • Contact information for 2-3 references
Email to apply
Hard deadline July 7, 2023, 11:59pm CET
Web address for more information https://www.pair.fau.eu
Contact name Vincent C. Müller
Contact email
Time created June 14, 2023, 9:28pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date July 7, 2023, 11:59pm CET
Expired on July 9, 2023, 12:46am CET
Last updated September 7, 2023, 3:00pm UTC
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