The Berkeley Institute of Data Science (BIDS) is seeking a postdoctoral scholar for an independent research fellowship focusing on the ethical and responsible use and development of artificial intelligence (AI). Full details and instructions to apply are available here: BIDS Postdoctoral Scholar - Responsible AI (#JPF03299). Apply by January 18, 2022, to ensure full consideration by the hiring committee. Applications received after January 31, 2022, will be considered if the position has not yet been filled.
Advances in AI technologies have led to remarkable scientific achievements and humanitarian applications, including improved medical diagnoses and more effective disaster relief efforts. At the same time, there is a growing awareness of the significant safety, ethical, and societal challenges stemming from the misuse and unintended consequences of AI systems. Risks related to artificial intelligence take many forms including privacy, security, safety, fairness, equity, explainability, polarization, disinformation, and the distribution of power. How we understand and manage these risks throughout the AI lifecycle will determine whether the full potential of these technologies can be realized and whether we can prevent significant and disproportionate harms.
The Data Science and Responsible AI Postdoctoral Fellowship is a full-time two-year position at BIDS, made possible by funding from Accenture Applied Intelligence. Applicants should bring a strong background in ethical and responsible practice in the field of AI, and in performing data-intensive research. The position requires the Fellow to create a research project that answers questions related to the ethical and responsible use and development of AI systems and machine learning technologies. Ideally the work will have the potential to affect public policy. The Fellowship holder will be expected to produce novel research results communicated in academic publications and to lead a workshop or seminar series on the topic of the research. Other possible contributions include open-source scientific software, curated datasets, and white papers and blog articles on data science and responsible AI.
In defining and carrying out the independent, self-directed research project, the Fellow will work under the guidance and mentorship of an advisory team made up of BIDS Faculty Affiliates and research staff including Rediet Abebe and Stuart Russell (Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences), Tolani Britton (Graduate School of Education) and Jessica Newman (AI Security Initiative). The position will also benefit from collaboration with Accenture Applied Intelligence. Accenture supports BIDS’ research and educational objectives in data science with current foci on environment and energy, ethical AI, and social justice, and the Fellow will be able to leverage this relationship to harness the data landscape and expertise available. In addition, as part of the BIDS research community, the Fellow will have the opportunity to learn from individuals engaged in research software development, computational reproducibility, and data-intensive research from a wide range of application domains.
Apply Now — BIDS Postdoctoral Scholar - Responsible AI (#JPF03299). Apply by January 18, 2022, to ensure full consideration by the hiring committee. Applications received after January 31, 2022, will be considered if the position has not yet been filled.