Programme Director, AI: Futures and Responsibility (Fixed Term)

Applicants are invited to apply for a research position at University Of Cambridge. This fellowship is available for all students around the world. Applications are invited up to September 19, 2018.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 5 years in the first instance.

We invite applications for a Programme Director to develop and lead CFI’s growing programme on AI: Futures And Responsibility. The appointment will be for five years. This is an exciting opportunity to make a significant contribution in a field that is likely to be one of the most important of our time.

The Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI) is a highly interdisciplinary centre addressing the challenges and opportunities posed by artificial intelligence (AI). Funded by the Leverhulme Trust for ten 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.

The Programme Director for AI: Futures And Responsibility is a new position at Principal Research Associate grade. The appointee will give strategic direction to this core pillar of CFI’s work, collaborate in setting the strategic direction of the Centre, and provide leadership for a suite of projects (including, supervising early-career researchers, raising funds, representing CFI, etc.) The appointee may be required to assist with undergraduate or graduate courses in responsible AI or related areas.

We are seeking candidates who are internationally-recognised scholars in a field related to the responsible development of AI, and who have experience in developing and leading research projects and programmes in the area. They should be able to engage successfully with a broad range of stakeholders at very senior levels. We expect the appointee to have global ambition and reach, and corresponding organisational, communication and network-building skills.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process or procedure, please contact Susan Gowans at Please quote reference GO16532 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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 Curriculum Vitae (CV); (2) a Covering Letter of no more than 1,500 words, outlining your interest in the impact, ethics and/or governance of AI, and explaining how your skills and experience would contribute to CFI’s goals; and (3) a Sample of Writing of no more than 5,000 words that demonstrates your suitability for this project. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please quote reference GO16532 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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