The Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI) invites applications for a postdoctoral Research Associate in the study of values and intelligence. The appointment will be for 3 years.

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 based at the University of Cambridge, with partners in the University of Oxford, Imperial College, and UC Berkeley. The Centre also has close links with industry partners in the AI field, with policymakers, and with many academic disciplines.

This is a new Research Associate post within CFI’s Science, Values, and the Future of Intelligence project, based in central Cambridge. This project, led by Dr Anna Alexandrova and Dr Stephen John, seeks to critically examine conceptions of intelligence as used in AI and other communities, in particular through consideration of the normative contexts of AI development. It is an opportunity for a talented individual to make a major contribution to the development of this field of research, on a topic that seems likely to be of the one of the most important of our time.

Candidates should have a PhD in a relevant field such as philosophy, science and technology studies, anthropology, or another social science, and should provide strong evidence of potential for research and publication at the highest level, as well as strong interest in engagement with policy and technology communities. The appointee will also play an important role in CFI’s interdisciplinary activities, including discussion groups, workshops, and an annual conference. He or she will also be affiliated to the Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the ‘Apply’ button below. This will route you to the University’s Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please upload in the Upload section of the online application (1) your Curriculum Vitae (CV); (2) a Covering Letter of no more than 1,500 words, outlining a proposed research direction, and explaining how this proposal and your skills would contribute to this project in particular and CFI more broadly; and (3) a Sample of Writing of no more than 10,000 words that demonstrates your suitability for this project. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

The closing date for applications is 14 November 2016. If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process or procedure, please contact Susan Gowans at

Interviews will be held during the week commencing 12 December 2016 in central Cambridge.

Please quote reference GA10393 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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