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Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Closing date Friday 17th June 2022 @ 5pm.

Fixed Term – Start date asap (or by 1st Sept) fixed end date of 30th June 2024

The Centre for Biomedicine Self and Society at the Usher Institute within The University of Edinburgh is looking for a post-doctoral Research Fellow to work on the topic of Responsible AI.  

The Opportunity:

The post-holder will work on the project entitled ‘Making Systems Answer: Dialogical Design as a Bridge for Responsibility Gaps in Trustworthy Autonomous Systems’ within the UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Programme. 

This is an exciting opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary team with researchers in socio-legal studies, philosophy and cognitive science, AI and ethics, on a project that aims to develop a new approach to making AI systems answerable to people despite their inability to assume responsibility for their actions in the same way humans do. The project is led by PI Prof Shannon Vallor, with Co-Is Prof Michael Rovatsos, Dr Nayha Sethi, Dr Nadin Kokciyan and Dr Tillmann Vierkant.  

The post-holder will also be expected to contribute more generally to the project and to the wider scholarly and engagement activities of the TAS Programme and the Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society (CBSS).    

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Nayha Sethi ([email protected])

The project website can be viewed at: https://www.tas.ac.uk/current-research-projects/responsibility-project-making-systems-answer/

For a more detailed overview of the project, please visit this link and for further info see: 

Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society https://www.ed.ac.uk/usher/biomedicine-self-society 

Project announcement from the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences https://www.ed.ac.uk/ppls/news/philosophy-professor-awarded-epsrc-ukri-grant

The UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Hub and Research Programme https://www.tas.ac.uk/.

Your skills and attributes for success: 

  • A completed PhD in a relevant discipline e.g., social sciences, science and technology studies, law, empirical bioethics or political philosophy or other relevant fields  
  • Experience conducting empirical qualitative research including designing, organising, collecting, managing and analysing data from focus groups, surveys, interviews and other forms of data collection. Please note this is a core aspect of the post.
  • Ability to work with legal and policy materials
  • Excellent project management, organisational and administrative skills, and the ability to take forward a strategically focused programme of research work independently and with minimal supervision
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly to expert and non-expert audiences.

The University is able to sponsor the employment of international workers in this role.  If successful, an international applicant requiring sponsorship to work in the UK will need to satisfy the UK Home Office’s English Language requirements and apply for and secure a Skilled Worker Visa.  

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336. Is e buidheann carthannais a th’ ann an Oilthigh Dhùn Èideann, clàraichte an Alba, àireamh clàraidh SC005336.

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