Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Artificial Intelligence/Big Data or Robotics (2 posts)

University of Oxford - Department of Politics and International Relations

Manor Road Building
Manor Road

The Department of Politics and International Relations is seeking to appoint two Postdoctoral Research Fellows. The first Postdoctoral Research Fellow will focus on Artificial Intelligence/Big Data, whilst the second will focus on Robotics.

The Postdoctoral Research Fellows will have a wide range of responsibilities. These will include undertaking advanced, methodologically and theoretically sophisticated research within the context of a new research project for the Centre for Technology and Global Affairs, under the supervision of Dr Lucas Kello. You will also supervise affiliated postgraduate students working on the project. You will develop, adapt, and apply theories and concepts from the political and social sciences to the analysis of new advances in artificial intelligence or robotics and its applications in society, and will publish papers, policy briefs and reports on issues pertaining to artificial intelligence/big data or robotics and global affairs. The postholders will assist in developing ideas for generating research income and present detailed research proposals to the Centre Director. You will also present research findings and outputs at conferences, workshops and executive sessions in Oxford and beyond.

As the ideal candidate you will have a doctoral degree (or near completion) in political science or a relevant social science discipline, or in computer science or engineering (with a strong background in social science work). You will be interested in and have a strong understanding of the implications of technology for politics and society and will have specialist knowledge in artificial intelligence or robotics within the context of social sciences. You will have a willingness and ability to contribute to the dissemination of project results and will have excellent data collection and management skills, as well as interpersonal and communication skills.

The role will be offered on a full-time, fixed-term basis until 30 June 2019 (potentially extendable) and will be based in the Department of Politics and International Relations in the Manor Road Building, Oxford. The posts will be available from mid-January 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The duties, responsibilities and skills required are described in more detail in the further particulars which also contain details on how to apply. Informal enquiries are encouraged and should be directed to Lucas Kello, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Director of the Centre for Technology and Global Affairs and Co-Director of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security using the email address below.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 27 October 2017.

Please note that the University of Oxford's retirement policy is changing. With effect from October 1 2017, all employees at Grade 8 and above will have a retirement age of 68, and all employees at Grades 6 and 7 will no longer have a set retirement age. Further details are available at:

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