Research Associate in Artificial Intelligence and Philosophy

Imperial College London - Department of Computing

Salary range: £36,070 to £43,350 per annum* (Maximum salary on appointment will be £36,070 per annum)

Full time, fixed term appointment for 2 years in the first instance

To start 1 April 2017

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Research Associate to undertake work in artificial intelligence and philosophy as part of the newly founded Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI). The post-holder will work on the Leverhulme Centre’s “Kinds of Intelligence” project, working with Professor Murray Shanahan at Imperial College London.

CFI is a new, highly interdisciplinary research centre addressing the challenges and opportunities posed by artificial intelligence (AI) in both the short and long term. Funded by the Leverhulme Trust for 10 years, CFI is a joint venture between Cambridge University, Imperial College London, Oxford University, and the University of California – Berkeley (USA). The Centre also has close links with industry partners in the AI field, with policymakers, and with many academic disciplines.

CFI’s “Kinds of Intelligence” project draws on psychology, neuroscience, computer science, cognitive robotics, and philosophy to further develop and critically assess notions of general intelligence used in the field of AI. It aims to map the space of possible intelligences — biological, artificial, and hybrid — in order to better understand the future prospect of human-level artificial general intelligence and to improve assessments of its benefits and risks.

Candidates should have a PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant field and should provide strong evidence of potential for research and publication at the highest level, as well as an interest in the long-term methodological, philosophical, and ethical issues surrounding artificial intelligence. The work required is highly inter-disciplinary, and the ideal candidate will have a technical background in artificial intelligence or machine learning, as well as other appropriate academic experience, for example in a relevant branch of philosophy or in comparative (animal) cognition. The post-holder will be expected to play an important role in CFI’s interdisciplinary activities, including discussion groups, workshops, and conferences, both in London and in Cambridge.

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £31,740 - £33,370 per annum.

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How to apply:

Our preferred method of application is online via our website: (please select “job search” then enter the job title or vacancy reference number EN201600394LE into “keywords”).  Please complete and upload an application form as directed.

Applications must include:

  • A college application form
  • A full CV, with a list of all publications
  • A 2-page research statement indicating what you see are interesting research issues relating to the above post and why your expertise is relevant.

For queries regarding the application process please contact:

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