Research Associate - AI Policy

Location: Cambridge, UK

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We invite applications for a research associate to work on the ethics and governance of AI. The appointment is for one year in the first instance, with an option to extend subject to funding.

CFI is a new, highly interdisciplinary centre addressing the challenges and opportunities posed by artificial intelligence (AI), in both the short and long term. Funded by the Leverhulme Trust for 10 years, CFI is based at the University of Cambridge, with partners in the University of Oxford, Imperial College, and UC Berkeley, and close links with industry and policymakers.

This post sits within CFI's AI Policy and Responsible Innovation project. As well as pursuing independent research, the appointee will be expected to engage in a broad range of activities, including developing research projects, writing reports, building international networks, and communicating to a wide range of stakeholders on topics related to the impact, ethics and governance of AI. She or he will be required to collaborate with CFI's existing partners, and develop new relationships with stakeholders, in the UK and internationally, with a particular focus on Asia. She or he will be expected to engage confidently and constructively with policy makers and industry representatives at senior levels, and will work closely with CFI's Executive Director, and the Project Leader for Policy and Responsible Innovation.

We are seeking an ambitious candidate with initiative, excellent organisational and communication skills and a broad intellectual range, who will play a crucial role in developing CFI's research in AI policy and governance, ensuring this has real-world impact. Candidates should have a PhD, or equivalent experience in a research, industry or policy setting. We are open as to field, as long as the candidate can demonstrate sustained interest in AI policy, or related areas. Experience in management of events, people or projects would be welcome, as would strong interest in engagement with policy and technology communities.

This is an exciting opportunity for a talented individual to make significant contribution to the development of policy and research in a field that is likely to be one of the most important of our time. We particularly encourage applications from women or minority groups.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please upload in the Upload section of the online application (1) your CV; (2) a Covering Letter no more than 1,500 words, outlining a proposed research direction, and explaining how this proposal and your skills would contribute to this project and CFI more broadly; and (3) a Sample of Writing no more than 2,000 words that demonstrates your suitability for this project. Any additional documents uploaded will not be considered as part of your application.

Please direct any questions to Susan Gowans,

Please quote reference GO14413 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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