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Research Assistant to Global AI Narratives (Part Time, Fixed Term)

Location: Cambridge
Closing Date 24.04.19

Role information

The Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI) at the University of Cambridge invites applications for a 0.2 FT (7.4 hours per week) Research Assistant to the Templeton World Charity Foundation and DeepMind-funded project Global AI Narratives. This is an exciting opportunity for a talented individual to support and maintain CFI's national and international reputation for excellence in research.

CFI is a highly interdisciplinary research centre addressing the challenges and opportunities posed by artificial intelligence (AI). Funded by the Leverhulme Trust, CFI is based at the University of Cambridge, with partners in the University of Oxford, Imperial College, and UC Berkeley. The Centre also has close links with industry, policymakers, and many academic disciplines.

This is a new Research Assistant post within the Centre's Narratives and Justice Programme, based in central Cambridge. The Global AI Narratives (GAIN) project aims to elicit and foster perspectives on AI from cultures and regions whose narratives are currently lacking an adequate platform. It is led by Dr Kanta Dihal and Dr Stephen Cave, with Dr Sarah Dillon and Dr Beth Singler. The project started in September 2018 and will run until July 2021, involving 10 workshops across the world.

The role will involve carrying out research tasks including assisting with literature reviews, workshop organisation, and development of funding applications. The assistant may fit their own research and publication interests around these tasks. This position would be idea for someone currently pursuing a PhD in a related field, or considering doing so.

Applicants should have, or be studying for, a postgraduate qualification in a discipline related to the aims of the GAIN project, such as literary studies, anthropology, or postcolonial studies. The ability to work collaboratively is essential, as well as a willingness to undertake national and international travel (expenses covered). Conference or workshop organisation experience is essential, and website and social media skills would be an advantage, as would linguistic skills relevant to the locations of the GAIN workshops.

Please upload in the Upload section of the online application (1) your Curriculum Vitae (CV); (2) a Covering Letter of no more than 1,000 words, explaining how your skills would fit you for this role and for CFI more broadly; and (3) a Sample of Writing of no more than 5,000 words that demonstrates your suitability for this project.

Closing Date: Midnight (GMT) on 24 April 2019

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

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If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process or procedure, please contact Susan Gowans at

Please quote reference GO18689 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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