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Research Lead, Gender, Race, and Power in AI

The AI Now Institute at NYU is seeking a full-time Research Lead to further develop AI Now’s strategy and programs related to AI, Gender, Race, and Power. Working closely with AI Now’s Leadership Team, the Research Lead, Gender, Race, and Power in AI will oversee the Institute’s research and programmatic efforts in this area; this includes leading concurrent research projects and related engagements, stewarding opportunities to expand the program’s reach and impact, mentoring contributors, and managing relationships with external collaborators, funders, and community partners.

Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with AI Now’s Leadership Team to further design, develop, and manage the Institute’s overall vision for this program
  • Oversee multiple interdisciplinary research projects from design to implementation to publication, such as AI Now’s recent Discriminating Systems Report.
  • Cultivate meaningful partnerships that ground and situate AI Now’s research in alliance with communities most affected by AI, leading to collaborative opportunities, shared research projects and agendas, and ongoing knowledge sharing and field building
  • Develop communication strategies to effectively share research findings with diverse audiences (via academic papers, op-eds, blog posts, visualizations, speaking engagements, interviews, etc.)
  • Lead and participate in working groups, workshops, and other convenings about and related to gender, race, and power in AI/ML contexts
  • Collaborate with AI Now’s Leadership and Operations Teams to coordinate grants related to this research topic area
  • Manage, mentor, and advise team members engaged in research on these topics
  • Help build AI Now. On a small and growing team, every member has an important role in building the systems, processes, and culture that make up the organization.

Compensation

This is a full-time two-year position, with possibility of renewal. Annual salary is commensurate with experience. We offer a competitive benefits package through New York University, including health coverage, dental and vision plans, and retirement, as well as generous paid time off and supportive parental leave policies. Additionally, you will have access to annual professional development funds for conferences, skill development, etc. Relocation assistance may be provided as needed.

Qualifications

Candidates should be driven to understand the social and political implications of AI and related systems and be interested in working in an interdisciplinary environment. Candidates from any academic discipline are encouraged to apply. Additionally, candidates should have:

  • A demonstrated ability to plan and publish rigorous, interdisciplinary research in areas related to gender, race, power, and technology, including a strong research track record, in line with career stage, demonstrated by journal publications and/or conference papers and other forms of academic and civic participation
  • 3-5 years of relevant professional experience; graduate degree; Candidates who have completed a PhD in Science and Technology Studies, Race and Gender Studies, History or related social science or humanities fields strongly preferred.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to adapt to different contexts and converse across disciplines
  • Strong leadership and management skills
  • The ability to work full time on-site at our offices in New York City.

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

Please submit your application via our online form. Be sure to include the following:

  • A brief statement of interest: in 1 page or less, tell us about what interests you about the role, and how your experience and background would enable you to contribute.
  • Your Resume/CV
  • Two writing samples in English (articles, blog posts, book chapters, dissertation chapter, or equivalent)
  • Contact information for two professional references (we will notify you before we reach out to them)

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

Data Protection Policy

AI Now strives to minimize data collection and limit use of data to the specific purpose for which it is collected. For job applications, we use a series of third party services to help store and organize applicant information. After our hiring process concludes, we save the minimal amount of data required for our HR compliance records and delete the rest. Unless compelled by legal process or pursuant to the applicant’s permission, we do not share any information we receive from applicants with any external person or entity. Should we receive any such legal process, we will attempt to notify the individual whose data is at issue if at all possible in a timely manner.

About the AI Now Institute at NYU

The AI Now Institute at New York University is an interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to understanding the social implications of AI technologies. It is the first university research center focused specifically on AI’s social significance. Founded and led by Kate Crawford and Meredith Whittaker, AI Now is one of the few women-led AI institutes in the world.

AI Now works with a broad coalition of stakeholders, including academic researchers, industry, civil society, policy makers, and affected communities, to identify and address issues raised by the rapid introduction of AI across core social domains. AI Now produces interdisciplinary research to help ensure that AI systems are accountable to the communities and contexts they are meant to serve, and that they are applied in ways that promote justice and equity. The Institute’s current research agenda focuses on four core areas: bias and inclusion, rights and liberties, labor and automation, and safety and critical infrastructure.

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, and the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences.

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Executive Director

The AI Now Institute at New York University is seeking an Executive Director (ED) to join our Leadership Team. The ED will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for AI Now’s staff, programs, funding, and execution of its mission.

About the AI Now Institute at NYU

The AI Now Institute at New York University is an interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to understanding the social implications of AI technologies. It is the first university research center focused specifically on AI’s social significance. Founded and led by Kate Crawford and Meredith Whittaker, AI Now is one of the few women-led AI institutes in the world.

AI Now works with a broad coalition of stakeholders, including academic researchers, industry, civil society, policy makers, and affected communities, to identify and address issues raised by the rapid introduction of AI across core social domains. AI Now produces interdisciplinary research to help ensure that AI systems are accountable to the communities and contexts they are meant to serve, and that they are applied in ways that promote justice and equity. The Institute’s current research agenda focuses on four core areas: bias and inclusion, rights and liberties, labor and automation, and safety and critical infrastructure.

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, and the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences.

Executive Director

The ED will join AI Now’s Leadership team, alongside Kate Crawford, Meredith Whittaker, and Mariah Peebles, to help run the organization, with a focus on strategic program management and fundraising. Areas of responsibility will include:

  • Collaborate with the Leadership Team to further develop AI Now’s vision, programs, outreach, and impact.
  • Represent the organization at high level convenings and events.
  • Ensure ongoing organizational excellence in AI Now’s core functions: research, finance, people-operations, development, partnerships, and communications.
  • Oversee the financial health of the organization.
  • Engage with the NYU community and external AI Now partners.
  • Oversee the organization’s staff.
  • Contribute to a diverse and inclusive workplace culture that embodies AI Now’s values.

Compensation

Annual salary is commensurate with experience. Additionally, we offer a competitive benefits package through New York University, including health coverage, dental and vision plans, and retirement, as well as generous paid time off and supportive parental leave policies. Relocation assistance is available.

How to Apply

Please submit your resume/cv and a statement of interest here.

Questions about the position can be directed to Mariah Peebles at [email protected].

Equal Opportunity

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.

Data Protection Policy

AI Now strives to minimize data collection and limit use of data to the specific purpose for which it is collected. For job applications, we use a series of third party services to help store and organize applicant information. After our hiring process concludes, we save the minimal amount of data required for our HR compliance records and remove the rest. Unless compelled by legal process, we will never share any information we receive with any external person or entity without the applicant’s consent. Should we receive any such legal process, we will attempt to notify the individual whose data is at issue if at all possible in a timely manner.

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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 2019. Please contact [email protected] with any questions.