AI Safety Research Scientist

University of Oxford - Faculty of Philosophy: Future of Humanity Institute

FHI is excited to invite applications for a full-time Research Scientist within the Future of Humanity Institute (FHI) at the University of Oxford. The post is fixed-term for 24 months from the date of appointment.

FHI is a leader in research on the future of Artificial Intelligence. As well as Professor Nick Bostrom (author of “Superintelligence”), there are three researchers working on technical AI Safety and we are recruiting a postdoctoral research scientist (in addition to this post). FHI co-hosts a seminar on technical AI Safety with Google DeepMind. We have on-going research collaborations with Stanford University and Oxford’s Machine Learning group.

The job holder will be responsible for advancing the field of AI Safety by conducting technical research. Examples of related work from FHI can be found at:

Your research is likely to involve collaboration with researchers at FHI and with outside researchers in AI or computer science. You will co-publish technical work at major conferences, carry out collaborative research projects, manage your research budget within the scope of the larger research budget and initiative, and contribute to the recruitment process and supervision of additional researchers.

The ideal candidate will have experience of contributing to publications in AI/Machine learning or in closely related fields. Exceptional candidates with a research background in nearby fields (statistics, computer science, mathematics, neuroscience, cognitive science, physics) and a demonstrated interest in AI Safety will also be considered. Experience conducting interdisciplinary research is a plus.

Applications must be made online. Applicants will be required to upload a CV, supporting statement, and short research proposal as part of their online application. To apply for this post and for further details, including the job description and selection criteria, please access the link below.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 10 January 2018.

Please note that the University of Oxford's retirement policy has changed. With effect from 1 October 2017, all employees at Grade 8 and above have a retirement age of the 30 September before the 69th birthday. All employees at Grades 1-7 do not have a set retirement age. Further details are available here:

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