Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Social Studies of Artificial Intelligence)

University of Exeter
July 24, 2024
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Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Social Studies of Artificial Intelligence)

Job description

Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS)

This EPSRC funded, full-time post is available immediately on a 3 year fixed- term basis with the possibility of extension, to participate in the EPSRC- funded AI research hub “Causality in Healthcare AI” (CHAI).

The post

The CHAI Hub is a £12M investment in the development of new theory, methods and applications for causality integration in healthcare AI. It is led by University of Edinburgh and involves University College London (UCL), Imperial College, Kings College London, University of Manchester, as well as a wide range of leading industry collaborations.

The University of Exeter team will lead CHAI research in all aspects of social research and responsible innovation and ethics. We will lead a series of co- creation activities to boost CHAI network and requirements gathering. We will lead the institution of oversight boards that will develop guidelines to Causal AI adoption. We will closely collaborate with academic and industrial partners leading development of technical solutions to ensure the operationalisation and embedment of societal, ethical, organisational and epistemological requirements in healthcare technology, and the reduction of ethical risk and inequity. We will conduct reflexive qualitative research on the development of Causal AI.

Based in the Department of Social and Political Sciences, Philosophy and Anthropology, with affiliations to Egenis, the Centre for the Study of Life Sciences, and the Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. You will work closely with the CHAI Exeter lead Dr. Niccolò Tempini, on key network development as well as qualitative research work.

About you

This is a unique opportunity to join a large UK-wide team of experts working on causal inference for healthcare to make a real difference in the field of causal AI. Exeter is a member of The Alan Turing Institute, the UK's national institute for data science and artificial intelligence.

The successful applicant will:

  • be a nationally recognised authority in a relevant research field, such as science and technology studies (STS); philosophy of science or medicine; sociology of science or medicine; anthropology of science or medicine; or information systems
  • possess a PhD or equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study
  • possess sufficient specialist knowledge to develop collaborative research projects, and outputs
  • be able to work in an interdisciplinary context; work with stakeholder and community partners, developing partnerships
  • be able to communicate complex information clearly across specialisms and with wider publics; and explore networks in Exeter and across CHAI. A research interest in inference and causality is important
  • Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this role.

    What we can offer you

  • Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research
  • Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly
  • An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development
  • Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career

  • A multitude of staff benefits including sector leading benefits around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), Paternity leave (up to 6 weeks full pay), and a Fertility Treatment Policy

  • A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Devon

  • The University of Exeter

    We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 200 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024 and QS World University Ranking 2024). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2023, underpinned by Gold ratings for Student Experience and Student Outcomes.

    Our world-leading research impact has grown more than any other Russell Group university in recent years, and we are home to some of the world's most influential researchers, seeking to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today. More than 99 percent of our research is of international quality and 47 percent is world-leading (2021 Research Excellence Framework).

    We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. Read about our world leading research – Green Futures and how we are transforming education for a changing world. We are located in a beautiful part of the country and Exeter (a fast growing tech hub) is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO Creative City

    Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

    We are committed to ensuring reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces.

    Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community.

    With over 30,000 students and 7,000 staff from 150 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment where our diversity is celebrated and valued as a major strength. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive; where diverse voices are heard through our engagement with evidence-based charter frameworks for gender (Athena SWAN and Project Juno for Physics), race equality (Race Equality Charter Mark), LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Diversity Champion) and as a Disability Confident employer.

    We are proud signatories of the Armed Forces Covenant and welcome applications from service people.

    Further information

    For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Dr Niccolò Tempini, [email protected] or (01392) 722708.

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