Digital Ethics Research Fellow
New York // Part Time // Research
The Jain Family Institute is seeking a graduate research fellow in artificial intelligence and machine learning to support our work in public sector applications of algorithmic decision systems. The ideal candidate is a late-stage master’s student or PhD candidate in statistics, computer science, or data science with an interest in the ethics of algorithmic decision systems and extensive knowledge of machine learning and automated decision systems. You will be assisting with both theoretical and applied work in this area. The theoretical work will include reviews of existing literature around algorithmic fairness and bias, and experimentation with novel proposals. The practical work will include analysis and categorization of existing decision systems, formulation of best-practice recommendations for government and industry partners, and production of explanations of technical definitions for nontechnical stakeholders.
JFI is an applied social science research organization. Our work investigates and influences the structural forces of society. Our interdisciplinary team collaborates with industry, government, and academia to pilot scalable, high-impact interventions.
The fellowship carries a stipend of $15,000 for approximately 20–25 hours of work per week over six months. Those interested should send a CV or résumé with contact information, a letter of interest, and an overview of previous projects, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The preferred due date is July 10th, after which we will accept applications on a rolling basis.
The research fellow will join a small team of practitioners with backgrounds in normative ethics, economics, decision theory, public policy, data science, education policy, finance, and philosophy and will work closely with JFI’s Director of Research to conduct and publish research relevant to our public sector ADS research.
The fellow's tasks will include:
- reviewing and aggregating literature relevant to the topic
- collaborating in the design of procurement, contracting, redress and analytical processes for ADS
- writing and publishing brief updates and/or perspective pieces relevant to this project
- discussing aspects of this project with specialists in other disciplines
The fellowship carries a stipend of $15,000 for a commitment of approximately 25 hours per week over six months; dependent upon success of the project, this may be extended a further six months. Those interested should send:
- a letter of interest
- a CV with contact information
- a writing sample of 10–15 pages
- a presentation or lecture
- to email@example.com
Selected candidates will be invited to an in-person interview in our Manhattan office in early July.
REQUIRED SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
- Strong background and interest in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and algorithmic fairness.
- Excellent quantitative skills with a passion for developing and enhancing research models.
- Experience with coding ML, using standard libraries (TensorFlow, Torch, scikit-learn)
- A love of rigorous research and reasoned debate
HELPFUL SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
- Some background or interest in normative ethics, political philosophy or public policy
- Demonstrated experience as research assistant or comparable experience in applied research
- Time: approximately 20-25 hours a week
- Attendance: two to three times weekly at research meetings and presentations at our Manhattan office
- Confidentiality: as needed
- A six-month stipend of $15,000, paid in monthly installments of $2,500
- The possibility of coauthoring research papers or publishing whitepapers through JFI
- Opportunities to meet with leading scholars, policy experts, and business leaders