Digital Ethics Research Fellow, AI Ethics and Governance

New York // Part Time

Overview

The Jain Family Institute is seeking a research fellow in ethics, law, human rights, and/or international relations to support our work with a major international agency on the ethics and governance of artificial intelligence. The ideal candidate is a JD student or graduate student in law, philosophy, political science, public policy, or international relations, with an interest in the use of artificial intelligence for humanitarian action and sustainable development. You will be researching diverse ethical frameworks, drafting guidelines for the use of big data and artificial intelligence, interviewing expert ethicists and stakeholders, and recruiting for the AI Ethics Advisory Group.

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 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 Project Lead in Digital Ethics and its Managing Director for Research, as well as staff at our partnering international agency.

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 a writing sample to de@apps.jfiresearch.org.

The preferred due date is July 15th, after which we will accept applications on a rolling basis. Selected candidates will be invited to an in-person interview.

Responsibilities

-Time commitment: approximately 20-25 hours a week

-Attendance: 2-3 times weekly at research meetings and presentations at JFI office and our partnering international agency in New York City.

-Confidentiality: as needed

-The fellow’s tasks will include:

Researching a diverse range of ethical frameworks

Drafting principles and guidelines for the use of artificial intelligence in humanitarian action and sustainable development

Conducting interviews with experts in the field

Recruiting members to the AI Ethics Advisory Group

Required Skills and Qualifications

-Interest in the use of artificial intelligence for humanitarian action and sustainable development

-Knowledge of ethical theory and a broad range of ethical frameworks

-Strong analytical writing skills

-A love of rigorous research and reasoned debate

Helpful Skills and Qualifications

-Familiarity with international aid organizations

-Some background in human rights or international law

-Demonstrated experience as a research assistant or comparable experience in applied research

Benefits

A six-month stipend of $15,000, paid in semi-monthly installments of $1,250

The possibility of co-authoring research papers or publishing whitepapers through JFI

Opportunities to meet with leading scholars, policy experts, and business leaders

Dependent upon the success of the project, the fellowship may be extended a further six months.

How To Apply

Send all application materials to de@apps.jfiresearch.org:

Letter of interest

CV with contact information

Writing sample

About JFI

The Jain Family Institute is a research incubator that builds promising ideas into real-world pilots. Our work investigates and influences the structural forces that affect the way people live, work, and learn. Our team collaborates with industry, government, and academia to pilot scalable, high-impact interventions.

For details about our staff and current projects, see http://www.jainfamilyinstitute.org/.