Stellenangebot: PhD Candidate (m/f/d) for the project Shaping AI at The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG)

Are you interested and engaged in the social and political debates on AI? Do you question why the trolley problem has been at the centre of these debates for so long and wonder whether AI is more than just deep learning? Are you interested and experienced in interdisciplinary research on digitisation and society? Then we look forward to receiving your application!

The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) is looking for

a committed PhD candidate
for the Shaping AI project

The successful candidate will work in the research project “Shaping 21st Century AI. Controversies and Closure in Media, Policy, and Research” (SHAPING AI) for 3 years, in an 65% capacity (TVL 13). Family & travel support, as well as support for the procurement of research materials are included. Starting date for the position is February 1, 2021.

This international joint project – with partners in the UK, France and Canada – empirically investigates the formation of “artificial intelligence” (AI) as a central socio-technical institution in contemporary societies. Over a ten-year period (2012-2021), we will  conduct a comparative study of the issue career, framing and problematisation of AI in the four participating countries and in three domains: media, politics and  technical research. The HIIG will act as consortium lead.

Key Responsibilities

  • Development of a dissertation topic within the scope of the project
  • Independent implementation of sub studies within the project (e.g. on policy debates and regulation of AI, on media debate and on technical research in Germany)
  • Contributions to design and implementation of the research project
  • Collaboration and communication with international project partners
  • Publication of scientific articles in relevant journals, submission of conference papers and development of formats for knowledge transfer to a wider public, e.g. through events, blog posts, etc.
  • Support or expansion of existing scientific networks of the institute

Requirements and Preferred Qualifications

  • Eligible candidates will have a very good university degree, ideally based in the social sciences with a topic related to the above-mentioned field
  • Initial experience in social-science based Internet research, ideally with a focus on one or more of the following fields: AI, regulation/governance/ethics, science communication, controversies about science and technology.
  • Initial empirical experience with document analysis, discourse analysis and/or critical data and algorithm research, including digital methods, is desirable
  • Great interest in interdisciplinary research, first experiences in interdisciplinary cooperation are desirable
  • Open-mindedness for international scientific cooperation, ideally substantiated by experience abroad
  • Independence, creative will, sense of responsibility, motivation and teamwork
  • Business fluency in German and very good knowledge of English are mandatory

More information can be found here. The review of applications will start on November 2, 2020.