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The University of Amsterdam’s interdisciplinary Research Priority Area Humane AI is looking for 3 postdoctoral researchers in the areas of law, social sciences and humanities. The overarching goal of these positions is to develop insights and principles for responsible and human-centric AI from a Social Science-Humanities (SSH) perspective: How can SSH research contribute to responsible AI, e.g. in sectors like media, culture/language or justice; what are the contextual socio-economic circumstances that need to be fulfilled for really responsible AI?; what is irresponsible AI? What is the role of human behaviour, law and ethics in creating the framework conditions for responsible AI?

What will you be doing?

You will conduct research on Responsible AI within the broader approach of the Humane AI Research Priority Area . The research will be embedded in the University of Amsterdam and is cofounded by the faculties of law, humanities and social sciences.

The postdoctoral researcher will:

  • develop, conduct, and publish research on responsible AI in one of the following areas: justice, media, or culture/language;
  • contribute to the overall RPA in terms of events, research meetings, activities;
  • collaborate with other postdocs and faculty members within and between the faculties;
  • contribute to new grant applications;
  • give guest-lectures in the area of your expertise within Human(e) AI at BA or MA level at the University of Amsterdam;
  • help co-supervising research projects of students working on Human(e) AI;
  • engage in educational activities, e.g. in the interdisciplinary, cross-faculty Human(e)AI course.

What do we require of you?

  • A clear research interest in the topic of the project (documented by publications and/or grant applications);
  • a relevant background in either Law, Humanities or Social Sciences. For the latter, strong empirical methods training. Scholars in the Humanities are required to have training in using formal-analytic and/or computational methods. Scholars in Law have to have some affinity with, and ideally experience with research in legal aspects related to digitisation and AI;
  • strong research interest in Human(e) AI as witnessed by research papers in relevant top venues and several lectures given at important conferences in your field;
  • the ability, willingness, and commitment to do autonomous work in a multidisciplinary team;
  • experience with organising workshops, lecture series, or other events that facilitate knowledge dissemination and valorisation;
  • strong communication skills and experience with working with partners within and outside academia;
  • excellent written and spoken command of English, as demonstrated by publications in English-language journals (written and spoken command of Dutch is a plus);
  • a relevant PhD degree.

What can we offer you?

A challenging work environment with a variety of duties and ample scope for individual initiative and development within an inspiring organisation. Humanities, law and social sciences play a leading role in addressing the major societal challenges faced by the world, the Netherlands and Amsterdam, now and in the future.

To work at the University of Amsterdam is to work in a discerning, independent, creative, innovative and international climate characterised by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society.

Further information

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Our offer

The position concerns a temporary employment contract of 38 hours per week for a term of two years. The second year is pending a positive evaluation at the end of the first year. Salary depends on past education and relevant work experience, with a minimum salary of €3,746 and a maximum of €5,127 gross per month based on a full-time employment contract for a 38-hour working week (in keeping with scale 11, as per the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.).

We additionally offer an extensive package of secondary employee benefits, including a generous holiday scheme and year-end bonus. Because we value your continued personal development and professionalisation, we also offer excellent opportunities for study and development.

Job application

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

Does this profile sound like you? If so, we are eager to receive your CV and cover letter. Please provide, in your application, a link to one of your research papers which is most representative of your work and relevant for this application. We also ask you to provide the names of two researchers who can provide a letter of reference for your application. You can apply online by clicking on the link below.

The deadline for applications is 26 February 2021. Interviews will take place in March/April 2021.

Ideal starting date is September 2021.

No agencies please

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