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Research Associate x 2 (Giving Voice to Digital Democracies: The Social Impact of Artificially Intelligent Communications Technology)

Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

CRASSH is seeking to appoint two highly motivated and enthusiastic Research Associates (RA) to join the four-year project Giving Voice to Digital Democracies: The Social Impact of Artificially Intelligent Communications Technology (based at CRASSH), led by Professor Ian Roberts. The project explores the social changes caused by Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in modern digital democracies. The focus is on technologies at the intersection of AI and ICT (AICT), specifically speech technology, natural language processing, smart telecommunications and social media. The aim is to elaborate on an applied ethics of AICT that facilitates the development of systems that are more trustworthy, accurate, unbiased and transparent. The project provides a unique opportunity to determine how existing AICT-based infrastructures can be reconfigured to enable these technologies to change society for the better. The two RAs will work collaboratively and with the Principal Investigator, Co-Investigators and Project Manager on their relevant research areas. In addition to undertaking their own research, the RAs will participate in work-in-progress project meetings and events, as well as assist in the organisation of those events. They will also share responsibility for editing project outputs and contributing to the project website. The successful applicants will hold a good first degree, and a PhD, in a relevant subject area. Applicants who have not yet obtained their PhD may be considered but they must have submitted their thesis before the start date. They will have expertise in at least one field such as Ethics, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Language, Sociology, Sociolinguistics, Speech Technology, Computational Linguistics, and/or Law. Applicants will be expected to provide evidence of the ability to organise and participate in collaborative research initiatives, and in presenting research findings to a scholarly audience. While the posts will be based in Cambridge, applicants must be willing to travel both within the UK and abroad as required. Start date is 1 October 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Fixed-term: Funding for this post is available until 30 September 2022, in the first instance.

The closing date for applications is 9 July 2018. Interviews are planned on for the first week of September 2018. If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact

Deadline: 9 July 2018

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