The AI Now Institute at New York University is an interdisciplinary community researching the social and economic implications of artificial intelligence and related algorithmic systems. We focus on producing foundational research illuminating the social contexts as automated decision-making moves deeper into core institutions like health, education, and criminal justice.
Founded in 2017 by Kate Crawford and Meredith Whittaker, the AI Now Institute is housed at New York University, where it fosters vibrant interdisciplinary engagement across the University and beyond. AI Now’s current partners at NYU include: the Tandon School of Engineering, the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, the Law School, the Stern School of Business, and the Center for Data Science.
As an interdisciplinary institute, AI Now will provide postdocs with the opportunity to develop their scholarship at a top academic institution with an explicit remit to collaborate with researchers and practitioners across different fields, whether in NYU, at partner institutions, or within relevant industry and civil society organizations. AI Now has a strong network across these sectors, and will make this network available to postdocs where relevant and useful.
Successful candidates will have extensive research experience and will be driven to understand and illuminate the challenges and opportunities of algorithmic decision-making and AI systems. AI Now postdocs will become a core part of a growing research community that includes reading groups, expert workshops, international conferences, regular salons, and site-specific travel. The candidate will also have the opportunity to help shape the annual AI Now Symposium.
Postdoc positions are 2 years in length
This fellowship is located at New York University, and candidates will be expected to spend the majority of their time on-site, with the exception of travel for conferences, research, meetings, etc.
Resources and benefits:
Competitive salary and benefits
Access to an exceptional network of mentors and established researchers spanning NYU and beyond, including civil society and industry practitioners
A generous research stipend for conferences (including international), fieldwork, and research materials, available as needed
Relocation assistance, as needed
AI Now is looking for 2-3 postdoctoral researchers whose work resonates with the Institute's mission.
Examples of relevant research areas include: issues of bias and fairness in algorithmic systems, gender representation in AI, the implications of algorithmic risk assessment in criminal justice, the geopolitical implications of artificial intelligence, and the way in which AI and automation are shaping specific labor sectors and the nature of work.
This position is an ideal opportunity for scholars who are interested in understanding the growing role of AI and related technologies within social and political institutions, and who are excited by the idea of shaping a new and far-ranging research field. Postdocs will devote time to their own research, to collaborative projects, and will contribute to AI Now programs and events related to their research portfolio. Teaching is not expected, but may be an option, depending on a candidate’s availability and interest. AI Now is committed to mentorship and support and to accommodating and resourcing research agendas that fit within its core mission.
Eligible candidates will have received their PhD in 2016-2018 (conferred by August 2018). Start date for this position will be September 4, 2018.
Successful candidates will have an established research track record demonstrated by journal publications and/or conference papers, as well as other forms of academic participation, such as program committees and editorial boards. The ideal candidate may be trained in any discipline, but should be driven to better understand the social and economic implications of AI and related systems, and be interested in working in an interdisciplinary environment. Candidates should enjoy bold and creative research design, working on collaborative teams, mentoring junior researchers, exploring new methodologies, and engaging broad audiences with their research.
Application Process To apply, please submit the following documentation:
A research statement, no longer than three pages, on your research agenda, methodologies, and how this work connects to the mission of AI Now.
An abstract and chapter outline of your dissertation.
Indicate when you received/will receive your PhD.
Two journal articles, book chapters, or equivalent writing samples
The names, affiliations, and email addresses of three recommenders
Application deadline: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 12:00 noon EST.
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