Centre for Technomoral Futures seeks Chancellor’s Fellow

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EFI, with the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, seeks to appoint a Chancellor's Fellow to develop an ambitious, interdisciplinary portfolio on emerging ethical implications in AI, machine learning, and other data-driven technologies.

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The Edinburgh Futures Institute (EFI), with the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, seeks to appoint a Chancellor’s Fellow for EFI’s Centre for Technomoral Futures (CTMF). The successful candidate will hold a primary academic appointment in the Department of Philosophy while working with EFI’s new Centre for Technomoral Futures to develop an ambitious portfolio of interdisciplinary research, teaching and public engagement that advances understanding of the ethical implications of emerging developments in AI, machine learning, and other data-driven technologies.

The Chancellor’s Fellowships are a prestigious 5-year tenure track programme. They are designed to support early career researchers and innovators to develop their careers in a supportive, world-leading environment.

Funded by a major gift from the global investment firm Baillie Gifford, the Centre for Technomoral Futures aims to unify technical and moral understanding in new models of research, education, design, and engagement that directly serve the goals of sustainable, just and ethical innovation. The Centre is founded on EFI’s core ethos, which combines multi-disciplinarity with the co-production of participatory knowledge and critical understanding needed to support the navigation of complex futures.

The post holder will contribute high quality research, teaching and academic citizenship. The successful candidate will have a PhD or equivalent qualifications in Philosophy or other relevant discipline, and significant research experience in applied technology ethics, particularly ethics of AI, data science and machine learning. The post holder must have a deep commitment to interdisciplinary research and, ideally, experience with multidisciplinary research and teaching collaborations.

Centre Director, Professor Shannon Vallor says:

“This Chancellor’s Fellow will bring an innovative programme of interdisciplinary research in AI/data ethics to the Centre for Technomoral Futures, help to shape EFI’s forthcoming MSc in Data Ethics, and expand a vibrant, diverse and outward-facing community of researchers, students and collaborators at the Centre.”

Applicants working in new or under-represented philosophical areas or methods of research are particularly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will present a research profile which is at the forefront of the field, relative to career stage. They will also demonstrate experience, achievement and outstanding potential reflected in a growing personal teaching, supervisory, research and public-impact portfolio.

Review the full position overview here.

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