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Opportunity for a Network Director for AI and Ethics - AHRC and Ada Lovelace Institute

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The AHRC, part of UK Research & Innovation and the Ada Lovelace Institute (Ada) are seeking a Director for a new Network for AI & Ethics, to be established for an initial period of one year, in partnership with the two organisations.

  • Part time
  • Secondments considered
  • Salary dependant on experience

The purpose of the network is to deliver a humanities-led collaborative approach to synthesising and building upon existing AI-focused activity across the disciplinary and sectoral landscape. The Network will provide thought leadership in this area, generating new insights through an innovative and interdisciplinary programme of activity, and will seek to influence the development of policy and practice.

Three interconnected and complementary themes have been identified that will guide the network’s activity:

  1. Ethics (including legal and philosophical)
  2. Human-Computer Interaction
  3. Designing Human-Centred AI-based Services

It is envisaged that each theme will operate concurrently in a ‘lab’ style, working individually and collectively to engage with stakeholders across disciplines and sectors (including the public, as appropriate), scope skills and expertise, produce briefing papers, working papers and think-pieces, initiate interdisciplinary and collaborative research projects, and produce a final, shareable report. Details of the activities within these themes will be decided by the Director, in consultation with the theme leads and sponsor organisations. Ensuring integration and cross-fertilisation across workstreams will be fundamental to the success of the Network and a key role of the Director.

You will be:

  • either based at a UK Higher Education Institution or a UKRI-recognised Independent Research Organisation, or associated with another leading centre in the field
  • a scholar or practitioner from an appropriate disciplinary background with a track-record of research leadership and of delivering high-profile collaborative research and/or engagement activities
  • committed to collaboration across multiple disciplines both within and beyond the humanities, and to wider public engagement
  • interested in one or more of the three themes identified above, ideally through understanding of the current landscape, including literature, stakeholders, policies and practices
  • committed to upholding principles of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

For full details of the role, please see the full job description (PDF, 126KB).

Closing Dates

Closing Date: 23/09/2019

How to make an application

To apply please send your CV and covering letter explaining how your experience matches the requirements detailed in the person specification on the job description to recruitment@nuffieldfoundation.org by 23 September 2019 at 10.00 am. Interviews anticipated 7 and 9 October 2019.

The Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Ada Lovelace Institute value diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Further Information

  • Funding limit: up to £195,000 (to include salary, support staff, and related network expenses)
  • Project duration: Up to 12 months, with the possibility of extension
  • For full details please see the further particulars document (PDF, 66KB).



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