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Available Positions

Graduate Research Assistant

AI Now is hiring three Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs) to support the ongoing research at the Institute: one GRA to join us for the Summer of 2019 and two GRAs to work with us for the 2019-2020 Academic Year. Apply by April 1, 2019.

About the AI Now Institute

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.

Graduate Research Assistant

Graduate Research Assistants will work directly with NYU Distinguished Research Professor and AI Now Director of Research and co-founder Kate Crawford and NYU Distinguished Research Scientist and AI Now Executive Director and co-founder Meredith Whittaker. These part-time positions are ideal for graduate students looking to gain exposure to the developing interdisciplinary field surrounding the social and political implications of artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Conducting interdisciplinary literature reviews, archival research, and ethnographic interviews
  • Synthesizing research papers and findings for written and oral presentation to senior researchers
  • Note-taking and summarizing of meetings, events, and interviews
  • Proofreading and copyediting draft publications, including reports and academic articles, for grammar, style, and verification of citations and evidence

Given time and capacity, Graduate Research Assistants may also have the opportunity to engage in other aspects of AI Now’s work, including brainstorming sessions, research, and public events.


Candidates must be currently enrolled in a graduate program, and available to work 15-25 hours per week for the summer and/or 12-20 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters. Most of the work will take place on-site at our offices in Manhattan.

We welcome graduate students with any disciplinary or experiential background to apply, including technical and non-technical backgrounds, and especially those with experience in STS, history, media studies, and philosophy.

We will also be looking for:

  • Excellent communication skills and high level of professionalism
  • Strong writing and editing abilities
  • Proven research and analytical skills
  • Impeccable attention to detail
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Interest in helping develop and produce interdisciplinary research on the social and political implications of AI
  • You must be eligible to work in the United States; we are unable to sponsor visas

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 by April 1, 2019 at 5PM. Be sure to indicate the role for which you are applying (Summer 2019, Academic Year 2019-2020, or both), and include the following:

  1. A brief statement of interest: in 1 page or less, tell us about what interests you about the role, how it connects to your work/research, and how you would contribute
  2. Your Resume/CV
  3. Academic transcripts for undergraduate and graduate degree work (unofficial copies are acceptable)
  4. Two writing samples in English
  5. Contact information for two references (faculty references preferred)

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