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Research Assistant/Associate, Impact of AI, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (Fixed Term)

The Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in an area related to the impact, ethics or nature of AI. The appointment will be for 3 years, and is based in Cambridge.

CFI is an exciting new interdisciplinary research centre addressing the challenges and opportunities posed by artificial intelligence (AI). Funded by the Leverhulme Trust, 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 partners and policymakers.

This is a new post that will permit the role-holder to pursue their own research objectives, and, at the same time, to develop new projects and programmes acting as CFI's 'Research Programme Coordinator', working closely with the Centre's Executive Director. We are seeking an ambitious candidate with initiative, excellent organisation skills and a broad intellectual range, who will play a central role in developing CFI into a world-class research centre.

We would particularly welcome candidates whose research interests lie in the fields of AI and health, AI and the future of work, AI and gender, AI and trust or AI and the law, although we will also consider strong applications from candidates with interests in the impact of AI in other domains.

The successful candidate must have submitted their PhD by the time of appointment; if they have not yet been awarded their PhD, they will initially be appointed as a Research Assistant (Salary £25,298 - £29,301), and be promoted to Research Associate (Salary £29,301 - £38,183) on award of the PhD. In addition, experience in research project/programme development and experience in management of events, people or projects would be very welcome, as would strong interest in engagement with policy and technology communities.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

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 of 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 of no more than 5,000 words that demonstrates your suitability for this project. If you upload any additional documents, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

The closing date for applications is 8 April 2017. If you have any questions about this vacancy, please contact Susan Gowans at

Please quote reference GO11490 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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