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Research Assistant (Part Time, Fixed Term)


The Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI), University of Cambridge, is seeking a Research Assistant to contribute to research, publishing and outreach on the ethics and governance of AI and other emerging technologies. This is a fixed-term post for which funding is available for 12 months in the first instance.

CFI is a highly interdisciplinary research centre addressing the challenges and opportunities posed by artificial intelligence (AI), in both the short and long term. CFI is based at the University of Cambridge, with partners in Imperial College London, and UC Berkeley, and close links with industry and policymakers. More information is available at: https://www.lcfi.ac.uk/.

The Research Assistant will support CFI's Academic Director, Dr Stephen Cave, with a range of tasks related to research project development, research process, publication and dissemination. This could include literature reviews; proofreading; identifying potential partners; assisting with the drafting of reports, material for webpages or social media posts; and aspects of project and academic event management. One important strand will be assisting with a new book series for Cambridge University Press, Elements in AI Ethics and Society, which Dr Cave is editing with Dr Kerry McInerney.

Applicants should have, or be studying for, a postgraduate qualification in a field relevant to the ethics and governance of AI and/or other technologies (including philosophy, political science, science and technology studies, media studies, sociology, or related fields). All applicants should be able to demonstrate strong motivation in line with the goals of CFI, as well as capacity to work independently and in collaboration with others. Some relevant experience, such as in proofreading, publishing, project management or relevant research methods, is desirable.

Further information is available via the link below.

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Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), which should include contact details of two referees, a covering letter of no more than 500 words explaining your interest in the position and outlining how you meet the criteria set out in the person specification within the further particulars, and a sample of professional writing of no more than 5000 words in the upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

The closing date for applications is midnight (BST) on Wednesday 31st July 2024. Interviews of short-listed candidates are expected to take place during the week commencing 19th August 2024, subject to confirmation. Informal enquiries can be directed by email to Dr Stephen Cave on sjc53@cam.ac.uk. For queries about the application process, please contact the Schools HR team on sahhr@admin.cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference GO42342 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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