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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

AI Now is hiring two-to-three postdoctoral researchers whose work resonates with the Institute’s mission. We welcome applications across a range of interests and disciplines. This two-year position is an ideal opportunity for scholars engaging with the social implications of AI and related technologies, who want to be part of this growing research community.

For the 2019 cohort, we are specifically looking to appoint one postdoctoral researcher whose work relates to issues of AI, Gender, and Race. If your work relates to this field, please indicate that in your application and research statement.

As an interdisciplinary institute, AI Now will provide postdocs with the opportunity to develop their scholarship at a top academic institution with an remit to collaborate with researchers and practitioners across different fields, whether within NYU, at partner institutions, or working with relevant industry and civil society organizations.

Postdocs will devote time to their own research and collaborative projects as well as contributing to AI Now programs and events related to their research portfolio. Teaching is not expected, but can be an option, depending on a candidate’s availability and interest.

About the AI Now Institute

AI Now is committed to mentorship and support and to accommodating and resourcing research agendas that fit within its core mission. Postdocs will become a core part of a vibrant research community that includes reading groups, expert workshops, international conferences, regular salons, and site-specific travel. Postdocs will also have the opportunity to help shape the annual AI Now Symposium.

The AI Now Institute at New York University is an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to examining 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. AI Now is affiliated across six different NYU faculties: 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.

Resources and Benefits

  • Competitive salary and benefits
  • A generous research budget for conferences (including international), fieldwork, and research materials available as needed
  • Access to an exceptional network of mentors and established researchers spanning NYU and beyond, including civil society and industry practitioners
  • Relocation assistance available as needed

Qualifications

Eligible candidates will have received their PhD in 2017-2019 (conferred by August 2019). Start date for this position will be in September 2019. Postdoc positions are two years in length and this position will conclude at the end of June 2021.

Successful candidates will have extensive research experience and 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.

Candidates may be trained in any discipline, but should be interested in addressing the complex social implications of AI and related systems, and be committed to working in an interdisciplinary environment. Candidates from all disciplines, both technical and non-technical, are welcome to apply.

Examples of relevant research areas include: issues of bias and fairness in algorithmic systems, gender representation and AI, the implications of algorithmic risk assessment and means testing in criminal justice and social welfare, the geopolitical implications of artificial intelligence, the role of industrial actors in the creation of modern AI systems, the ways in which AI and automation are shaping specific labor sectors and the nature of work, infrastructural analyses of AI, the history of AI, and the political implications of machine vision. We are also open to a range of topics and approaches that go beyond these domains.

The ideal candidate will enjoy bold and creative research design, working on collaborative teams, mentoring junior researchers, exploring new methodologies, and engaging broad audiences with their research.

The AI Now postdoctoral program 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.

New York University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. New York University is committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of its hiring and promotion process without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, pregnancy or childbirth (or related medical condition), sexual orientation, partnership status, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital, parental or familial status, caregiver status, national origin, ethnicity, alienage or citizenship status, veteran or military status, age, disability, predisposing genetic characteristics, domestic violence victim status, unemployment status, or any other legally protected basis. 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

The application deadline for the 2019-2021 class is Tuesday, November 27, 2018.

To apply, please submit your information via our online form, including attachments for the following materials:

  1. A research statement, no longer than two pages, on your research agenda, methodologies, and how this work connects to the mission of AI Now.
    • If you are applying for the AI, Gender & Race position please include an additional short statement (no more than one page) briefly outlining any past, present, and/or envisioned future work that you see as particularly relevant to this research track.
  2. An abstract and chapter outline of your dissertation.
  3. Two writing samples in English, such as journal articles, book chapters, essays, or equivalent.
  4. Your CV; please indicate when you received/will receive your PhD.

Feel free to contact us should you have any questions about the position at [email protected].

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