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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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Program Associate

The AI Now Institute at New York University is seeking a Program Associate with a high level of drive, curiosity, and desire to learn and grow. This is a unique opportunity to join an exceptional team at a new and exciting research center examining the social implications of artificial intelligence.

Reporting directly to the Leadership Team, this position is designed as an entry-level role and is intended to be an intensive growth opportunity for learning how to support top-tier, interdisciplinary research and build an early-stage, high-functioning organization. If you’re organized, action-oriented, systematic, and adaptable, with an EQ that is off the charts, we want to hear from you.

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

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 is done through collaborations across an expansive, world-class network that includes 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

In this role, you will contribute to our ongoing organizational development and growth. You will work across an array of projects and programs that will require a diverse skill-set. You will:

  • Coordinate event preparation for research workshops, seminars, and public events, including: sending invitations and managing RSVPs, corresponding with speakers, helping prepare program materials, and providing other logistical support.
  • Assist with the research and drafting of written work such as op-eds, blog posts, or grant applications.
  • Support the overall efficiency of our team and help drive projects forward to achieve goals; this will include things like: maintaining project management tools, preparing meeting agendas, taking notes and synthesizing key takeaways, and communicating status updates across internal teams and with external partners.
  • Support financial administration and grant management for specific research programs, e.g. reconciling expenses, processing invoices and reimbursement requests, and creating monthly budget reports.
  • Organize and maintain key databases and our cloud storage system.
  • Add leverage to the impact of our research by helping to maintain our online presence and external communications with key stakeholders.
  • Build AI Now! Since we’re a new research institute, every team member is an important part of building the systems, practices, and culture that will enable our team and our work to succeed.

Resources and Benefits

The AI Now Institute is committed to creating a diverse and dynamic culture in which cutting-edge research can thrive. You will work with thoughtful, intelligent individuals who lead with curiosity, integrity, and rigor. We work hard and set a high bar––and we are able to do this by building a culture that is founded on a bedrock of support and respect. We are also committed to mentorship of everyone on our team and actively support ongoing professional development.

In addition to our unique culture, for this position, we also offer the following:

  • 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.
  • Relocation assistance, as needed.

Qualifications

We are looking for someone who will be a good fit for the role and for the team, and that person could come from a wide range of backgrounds. The right candidate will have some demonstrated work experience in a professional office setting–and could be a few years out of school or in the process of changing careers. We will also be looking and listening for the following:

  • You are purpose-driven and aligned with AI Now’s mission. You are interested in understanding the growing role of AI in society and are excited by the idea of shaping a far-ranging research field.
  • You are proactive and adaptable. You see what needs to be done and are responsive to the needs of the project, team, or wider group. You take actions rooted in clear intentions and well-informed solutions, but you can also work in ambiguity and enjoy the process of learning and iterating as you go. You know when to seek guidance and have confidence to make decisions when needed.
  • You are a thinker and a doer. You enjoy toggling back and forth between strategic thinking and tactical execution. You love finding creative solutions just as much as you love implementing them.
  • You are a details-obsessed, productivity champion. You have a knack for creating order and organization. You are experienced in juggling multiple tasks while, at the same time, ensuring impeccable attention to detail. You meet deadlines every time by prioritizing your work effectively.
  • You enjoy collaborating with and developing strong teams. You have a natural ability to build relationships with just about anyone. You inspire trust among your colleagues and can be counted on to be reliable, helpful, and supportive.
  • You have impeccable communication skills and are able to adapt your style to different stakeholders and contexts.
  • You are emotionally intelligent and self-aware. You reflect on and invest in your personal development and are comfortable working in a “feedback culture.” You take responsibility for your own behavior and actions.
  • You are willing to roll up your sleeves to get the work done; no task is too big or too small when it comes to working together to produce excellent work. When there is a lot to do, you are able to maintain perspective and work calmly under pressure.
  • You instinctively act with absolute discretion and diplomacy, and are able to navigate delicate circumstances with sound judgment.
  • You are very comfortable with the key technologies we use, including Google Drive and Google Apps, Microsoft Office (particularly Excel), Keynote, project management software (like Asana or Trello), CRM software, and social media platforms (mainly Twitter).
  • You are able to work on-site at our offices in New York City; while there may be opportunities to work remotely on occasion, this work will necessitate being on-site.

Application Instructions

To apply, please gather the following application materials:

  • Your resume/CV
  • A statement of interest: please share what interests you about the opportunity, what you can contribute to the role, and why this would be a valuable next step for you in your career
  • Contact details for two professional references: name, affiliation, email and/or phone number

Then, submit your application materials by filling out this form: Program Associate Application Form

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.