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The AI Now Institute is poised for rapid growth, and we are thoughtfully expanding our core team. We are committed to finding and developing great people–and cultivating a culture in which original and independent research can thrive.

We are currently accepting applications to our Postdoctoral Fellows program and will be posting for other position throughout the fall.

Available Positions

Postdoctoral Fellow

AI Now is looking for two to three postdoctoral researchers whose work resonates with the Institute’s mission. This position is an ideal opportunity for scholars who are interested in understanding the growing role of AI and related technologies within social and political institutions, and who are excited by the idea of shaping a new and far-ranging research field.

About the AI Now Institute

The AI Now Institute at New York University is an interdisciplinary community researching the social and economic implications of artificial intelligence and related algorithmic systems. We focus on producing foundational research illuminating the social contexts as automated decision-making moves deeper into core institutions like health, education, and criminal justice.

Founded in 2017 by Kate Crawford and Meredith Whittaker, AI Now is housed at NYU, where it fosters vibrant interdisciplinary engagement across the University and beyond. AI Now’s current partners at NYU include: the Tandon School of Engineering, the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, the Law School, the Stern School of Business, and the Center for Data Science.

AI Now Postdoctoral Fellowships

As an interdisciplinary institute at NYU, AI Now will provide postdocs with the opportunity to develop their scholarship at a top academic institution with an explicit remit to collaborate with researchers and practitioners across different fields, whether in NYU, at partner institutions, or within relevant industry and civil society organizations. AI Now has a strong network across these sectors, and will make this network available to postdocs where relevant and useful.

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

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 growing research community that includes reading groups, expert workshops, international conferences, regular salons, and site-specific travel. Fellows will also have the opportunity to help shape the annual AI Now Symposium.

Resources and Benefits

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


Eligible candidates will have received their PhD in 2016-2018 (conferred by August 2018). Start date for this position will be September 4, 2018. Postdoc fellowships are two years in length and this position will conclude at the end of June 2020.

Successful candidates will have extensive research experience and an established research track record–demonstrated by journal publications and/or conference papers and other forms of academic participation, such as program committees and editorial boards.

Candidate may be trained in any discipline, but should be driven to better understand the social and economic implications of AI and related systems, and be interested in working in an interdisciplinary environment.

Examples of relevant research areas include: issues of bias and fairness in algorithmic systems, gender representation in AI, the implications of algorithmic risk assessment in criminal justice, the geopolitical implications of artificial intelligence, the ways in which AI and automation are shaping specific labor sectors and the nature of work, the history of artificial intelligence, 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 postdoctoral fellowship 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.

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

The application deadline for the 2018-2020 class is Tuesday November 21, 2017 at 12:00 noon EST.

To apply, please submit the following documentation through the NYU portal (by clicking “Apply Now” below) and by email ([email protected]):

  1. A research statement, no longer than three pages, on your research agenda, methodologies, and how this work connects to the mission of AI Now
  2. An abstract and chapter outline of your dissertation
  3. Two journal articles, book chapters, or equivalent writing samples
  4. Your CV; please indicate when you received/will receive your PhD
  5. The names, affiliations, and email addresses of three recommenders

Please note that application materials must be submitted through the NYU portal (click “Apply Now” below) and via email ([email protected]) in order to be considered.

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