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Technology Fellow

The AI Now Institute at New York University is seeking a Technology Fellow to help drive research on the social implications of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and related technologies.

You will conduct interdisciplinary research, serve as a resource to our team on technical issues, and map recent developments in the AI field to our overall research agenda.

As an interdisciplinary institute, we welcome qualified candidates from all disciplines. Candidates must have solid technical literacy and be able to review and understand the nuances of technical research in AI, machine learning, and related fields.

About the AI Now Institute

The AI Now Institute at New York University is an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to understanding the social implications of artificial intelligence. We focus on producing fundamental research and expanding the emerging field focused on these issues.

Currently, our research focuses on four key domains: rights and liberties, labor and automation, bias and inclusion, and safety and critical infrastructure.

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. Our work includes collaborations across an expansive, world-class network of scholars, policy-makers, advocates, technologists and industry leaders, and many others. Our current partners include: the Tandon School of Engineering, the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, the Law School, the Stern School of Business, the Center for Data Science, the ACLU, and the Partnership on AI.

Responsibilities

As a core member of our research team, you will participate in a broad range of research projects on the social implications of AI and related technologies. This work will lead to peer-reviewed publications, in addition to other outputs and activities designed to engage diverse stakeholders and broaden public understanding of these topics. You will:

  • Contribute to interdisciplinary research across AI Now’s four core domains.
  • Help coordinate key research projects that cut across academic disciplines, from design to implementation to publication.
  • Monitor technologies and technological developments in AI and related fields that have potential consequences for AI Now’s current research portfolio (by, for example, reading technical papers and documentation and providing briefs and recommendations to the team).
  • Serve as a resource and thought partner to AI Now staff and partners.
  • Communicate about your work with a wider public audience.
  • Help develop and maintain meaningful research- and community-based partnerships that lead to collaborative opportunities, shared research projects and agendas, and ongoing knowledge exchange.
  • Lead and participate in working groups, workshops, and other convenings on the core topics in our research agenda.

Resources and Benefits

As a Technology Fellow, you will receive all benefits provided to Professional Research Staff, including:

  • A competitive salary, commensurate with experience.
  • A generous and comprehensive benefits package (including medical, dental, and vision) through New York University.
  • Annual professional development funds for conferences, skill development, etc.
  • Relocation assistance, as needed.

Qualifications

Candidates should be driven to understand the social implications of AI and related systems and be interested in working in an interdisciplinary environment. All disciplines are encouraged to apply, though candidates must have solid technical literacy and an up-to-date understanding of the AI field. Additional qualifications are as follows:

  • Research experience examining AI and related technologies, and familiarity with the latest research relevant to AI Now’s four core research domains.
  • Ability to read and interpret technical AI/ML research and draw connections between AI systems’ technical design and their social implications.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to clearly translate complex technical issues to different audiences across different contexts.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required; advanced degrees in a relevant field will be taken into consideration.
  • Able to work on-site at our offices in New York City; while there may be opportunities to work remotely on occasion, this job will necessitate you being on-site.

This is a full-time position for a one year period, with the possibility to extend to a second year.

NYU is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we value diversity; women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels.

Application Instructions

To apply, please follow the steps below:

  1. Gather the following application materials:

    • Your resume/CV
    • A statement of interest (please share what interests you about the opportunity, your qualifications, and why this would be a valuable next step for you in your career)
    • Two writing samples in English (articles, book chapters, dissertation chapter, or equivalent)
    • Contact details for two professional references; please include the name, affiliation, email and/or phone number (we will notify you before reaching out)
  2. Submit your application materials through the registration form here

This position will remain open until it is filled. Feel free to contact us should you have any questions about the position at [email protected]

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Researcher

The AI Now Institute at New York University is seeking a full-time Researcher for the Institute’s research on artificial intelligence, bias, and inclusion. You will conduct original research, lead related programmatic efforts, and help manage relationships with our external research partners. This research will lead to peer-reviewed publications in addition to other outputs and activities that aim to engage diverse stakeholders and broaden public understanding of these topics.

This is an ideal opportunity for scholars who are excited about doing cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research on the social, legal, cultural, and economic implications of AI and related technologies.

As an interdisciplinary institute, we welcome qualified candidates from all disciplines.

About the AI Now Institute

The AI Now Institute at New York University is an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to understanding the social implications of artificial intelligence. We focus on producing fundamental research and expanding the emerging field focused on these issues.

Currently, our research focuses on four key domains: rights and liberties, labor and automation, bias and inclusion, and safety and critical infrastructure.

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. Our work includes collaborations across an expansive, world-class network of scholars, policy-makers, activists and advocates, technologists and industry leaders, and many others. Our current partners include: the Tandon School of Engineering, the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, the Law School, the Stern School of Business, the Center for Data Science, the ACLU, and the Partnership on AI.

Responsibilities

Working directly with our two Co-Directors, you will participate in a range of research projects with a particular focus on our Bias and Inclusion research domain. You will:

  • Conduct fundamental research on bias, inclusion, and fairness in machine learning and related technologies.
  • Contribute to interdisciplinary research projects across the organization.
  • Communicate your findings with a wider public audience.
  • Manage key research projects, from design to implementation to publication.
  • Develop and maintain meaningful research- and community-based partnerships that lead to collaborative opportunities, shared research projects and agendas, and ongoing knowledge exchange.
  • Support the field for researchers, advocates, 
policy-makers, and other experts who are dedicated to understanding the social implications of AI––participating in and leading working groups, workshops, and other convenings on the topic of AI, bias, and inclusion (among others).

Resources and Benefits

As a Researcher, you will receive all benefits provided to Professional Research Staff, including:

  • A competitive salary, commensurate with experience.
  • A generous and comprehensive benefits package (including medical, dental, and vision) through New York University.
  • Annual professional development funds for conferences, skill development, etc.
  • Relocation assistance, as needed.

Qualifications

Candidates from a broad range of disciplines are encouraged to apply, and should be driven to understand the social implications of AI and related systems and be interested in working in an interdisciplinary environment. Additional qualifications are as follows:

  • A demonstrated ability to plan and publish rigorous, interdisciplinary research.
  • A research focus relevant to AI Now’s four research domains; for this position, experience working on topics related to AI, bias, and inclusion is preferred.
  • A strong research track record, in line with your career stage, demonstrated by journal publications and/or conference papers and other forms of academic participation.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to adapt to different contexts.
  • PhD required. Your degree must be completed by September 2018.
  • Able to work on-site at our offices in New York City; while there may be opportunities to work remotely on occasion, this job will necessitate you being on-site.

This is a two-year, full time position with the possibility of renewal.

NYU is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we value diversity; women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels.

Application Instructions

To apply, please follow the steps below:

  1. Gather the following application materials:

    • Your resume/CV
    • A statement of interest (please share what interests you about the opportunity, your qualifications, and why this would be a valuable next step for you in your career)
    • Two writing samples in English (articles, book chapters, dissertation chapter, or equivalent)
    • Contact details for two professional references; please include the name, affiliation, email and/or phone number (we will notify you before reaching out)
  2. Submit your application materials through the registration form here and also through NYU’s Interfolio portal, here.

Please note that application materials must be submitted through both channels (the registration form and the NYU portal) in order to be considered.

This position will remain open until it is filled. Feel free to contact us should you have any questions about the position at [email protected]

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Postdoctoral Researcher

The call for applications for this year’s cohort of postdoctoral researchers has closed. We will begin accepting applications for our next cohort in the fall of 2018.