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University of Cambridge / Senior Research Associate: Long-Term Impacts, Risks and Governance of AI

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The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) invites applications fo= r a full-time Senior Research Associate with expertise in the long-term imp= acts, risks, and governance of artificial intelligence (AI). This post offe= rs a unique opportunity to help lead an ambitious group of researchers who = are highly motivated to have a real impact on the safe and beneficial devel= opment of AI.

CSER's work focuses on global risks, including those that could lead to hum= an extinction or civilizational collapse. We conduct research to better und= erstand these risks, develop collaborative strategies to reduce them, and f= oster a global community of academics, technologists, and policy-makers wor= king to safeguard humanity. The challenges that CSER and our collaborators = focus on will only grow more pressing over the years to come.

The Senior Research Associate will join the AI: Futures and Responsibility = (AI:FAR) programme, a collaboration between CSER and its sister organisatio= n the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (LCFI). You will be = expected to be an active member of CSER's management team, taking part in t= he coordination and development of CSER's projects, and building our networ= ks. This role includes line management responsibilities.

Key activities associated with the role include:

  • Independent and collaborative research on the long-term impacts, risk= s and governance of AI, to be published as papers, reports, and other more = innovative forms of outputs.
  • Contribute to leading the AI: Futures and Responsibility (AI:FAR) pro= gramme.
  • Provide line management support and mentorship to CSER's postdoctoral= researchers and research assistants.
  • Participate in and some coordination of Centre-wide activities such a= s team meetings, work-in-progress seminars, and public events.
  • Maintaining coordination and active dialogue about Centre activities = with CSER's management board, collaborating centres, financial supporters, = and other stakeholders.

Applicants must have:

  • A high level of education, preferably to a PhD level, and experience = of postdoctoral research or equivalent in a relevant setting, with strong e= vidence of potential for research and publication at a high level.
  • Expertise in long-term impacts, risks, and governance of AI.
  • Excellent organisational skills, including the ability to organise ow= n workload effectively, maintain a high level of research productivity, and= support others in managing competing demands.
  • The ability to support researchers in individual growth, and in doing= so promoting a kind and curious culture.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills, inc= luding the ability to represent CSER and its research to diverse stakeholde= rs and expert communities.
  • Enthusiasm and strong commitment to CSER's core research aims.

The funds for this post are available until 31 July 2024 in the first insta= nce.

The closing date for applications is midnight (GMT) on Sunday 30 January 20=

  1. We expect to hold remote interviews in the week commencing 21 February = 2022 subject to change.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment = system (if you have not already) and apply online.

If you have any questions about this vacancy you can contact recruitment@cs=, or about the application p= rocess, please contact Ruth Farley, HR Coordinator on .

Please quote reference GO29547 on your application and in any correspondenc= e about this vacancy.

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

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligib= le to live and work in the UK.

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