[SIGCIS-Members] Postdoc in AI, Policy, and Practice @ Cornell

Karen Levy karen.levy at cornell.edu
Wed Feb 28 18:30:47 PST 2018

Artificial Intelligence, Policy, and Practice (AIPP) is a new initiative at
Cornell University, led by faculty in Computing and Information Science and
spanning the Ithaca and New York City campuses. The initiative brings
together researchers pursuing fundamental technical advances in AI with
scholars considering its ethical, legal, and social implications.

We seek a Postdoctoral Researcher who will help us explore how an
integrated interdisciplinary approach to these issues can generate unique
insights and provide an effective foundation for future innovation, policy,
and advocacy.

The initiative will focus on a number of key challenges in the near-term
future of AI. We will investigate how AI might improve the quality of
decision-making, while also posing new challenges to fairness, equality,
autonomy, dignity, and privacy, among other core values. We will consider
how AI risks exacerbating information and power asymmetries, while also
providing a way to measure, model, and mitigate these dynamics. Our goal is
to establish the appropriate role for AI in addressing pressing issues,
while ensuring that it does so with due consideration of social context and
ethical norms.

The Postdoctoral Researcher will have the opportunity to help launch and
shape this new initiative, conduct research, run seminars, stage events,
and foster a truly interdisciplinary community. S/he will collaborate with
one or more of the faculty supervisors associated with the initiative:
Solon Barocas, Jon Kleinberg, Karen Levy, and Helen Nissenbaum.

Applications are welcome from recent Ph.D. graduates with a range of
disciplinary backgrounds (e.g., computer and information science, data
science, the social sciences, public policy, philosophy, media studies,
science and technology studies, or related fields). Law graduates or ABDs
with strong backgrounds or work experience in related fields are also
eligible to apply. An interest in and ability to do translational,
cross-disciplinary work between fields is crucial. This is a one-year
position with the possibility of a second year depending on performance and

The Postdoctoral Researcher may be located in Ithaca or New York City,
depending on the location of the primary supervising faculty, but will have
ample opportunity to spend time on both campuses. Applications should be
submitted to: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/10902 and should
include a CV, up to two publications (or writing samples), the names and
contact information of three references, and a cover letter summarizing the
candidate's relevant background, accomplishments, and fit with the
position. A transcript of graduate work (unofficial is acceptable) may also
be requested. For substantive questions related to the initiative or
position, please contact sbarocas at cornell.edu.

The position is available for a Fall 2018 start (or sooner, given the
candidate’s availability). We will begin to review applications on March

Diversity and inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are
a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and
Individuals with Disabilities.

Karen Levy
Assistant Professor, Department of Information Science, Cornell University
Associated Faculty, Cornell Law School

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