The Center for Digital Ethics (DEC) at Yale University, directed by Prof. Luciano Floridi, seeks to appoint full-time, Postdoctoral Associates, to join this multidisciplinary center newly established at Yale. We are eager to recruit and welcome candidates who add to the diversity of the Center.
Postdoctoral Associate positions are intended for individuals who are interested and experienced in (a) addressing the human, societal, and environmental issues brought about by the development of digital technology (from the Web and social media to AI and robotics), (b) informing and steering policy and legal debates nationally and internationally on these issues, and (c) deepening their expertise to transition to their independent research careers.
The successful candidate can expect significant intellectual autonomy coupled with supportive mentorship to develop and deliver novel and meaningful research in the Governance, Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (GELSI) of digital technologies in the following areas (in alphabetical order):
- computer science and its GELSI;
- computer games and their GELSI
- cyberwar, cyberconflicts, and their GELSI;
- data science and its GELSI;
- digital economy, especially the GELSI of blockchain, cryptocurrencies, Insurtech, DEFI, game theory and online behavior (e.g., digital advertisement, recommender systems), changing nature of work, gig economy, app economy, network effect;
- digital ethics, including computer ethics, cyber ethics, ethics of AI, information ethics, machine ethics; roboethics;
- e-art, digital art, new aesthetics, NFT, and their GELSI
- e-health, digital welfare, well-being, and their GELSI;
- HCI and its GELSI;
- human rights, human dignity, digital divide, UN SDG;
- information, disinformation, misinformation, deepfakes, fake news, censorship, propaganda, the future of journalism and media, and their GELSI
- law and regulations concerning digital technologies, especially AI and copyright, patent, IP, antitrust, AI auditing, AI legislation;
- network theory and its GELSI
- political science, especially digital democracy (e-democracy, democracy in digital society), agile governance, platform governance, digital geopolitics, digital sovereignty;
- smart cities, twin cities, digital urbanization, and their GELSI
- social data science, especially FAT*ML issues;
- security (including dark web, ransomware, surveillance) and its GELSI;
- virtual reality, augmented reality, immersive reality, metaverse, XR, and their GELSI.
The postdoctoral researchers will be responsible for developing research projects and studies, writing peer-reviewed articles, and formulating new research questions for future analysis. The DEC Director, Prof. Luciano Floridi, will oversee day-to-day collaborations and be the primary supervisor.
- Analyse significant GELSI of digital technologies
- Design of qualitative or quantitative studies addressing significant GELSI of digital technologies
- Publish research papers in international peer-reviewed journals or conferences in areas relevant to the study of the GELSI of digital technologies, possibly in collaboration with other DEC members
- Collaborate with other DEC members to prepare and deliver conference presentations of research results
- Work on dissemination and outreach
- Edit research outputs (e.g., edited volumes or conference proceedings)
Skills & Qualifications
- Qualified candidates will have recently completed a PhD in relevant fields, including, for example (the list is not exhaustive): anthropology, computer science, data science, economics, ethics, jurisprudence, mass media, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology.
- Proven record of publications and research outputs commensurate with career stage
- Knowledge or experience of normative analysis
- Specialization or demonstrated interest in the study of GELSI of digital technologies
- Excellent writing skills demonstrated in research publications
- Exceptional project management skills
- Competence in quantitative or quantitative methods
- Ability to communicate effectively (e.g., through writing, presentations) with different audiences (research community, general public, policymakers)
The Postdoctoral Associate position is envisaged to last up to four years, with an initial appointment of one year renewable upon satisfactory progress. Compensation is determined by experience. The position give access to a personal, yearly research budget. The position is located at the Center for Digital Ethics, on the campus of Yale University in New Haven, CT. This is not a remote opportunity.
A relevant doctoral degree and research experience with a strong publication record are required.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through 1 June 2023.
The anticipated start date is 1 September 2023, but later starts are possible.
Please send application documents to Krystal Whittaker, PA to Prof. Luciano Floridi, at firstname.lastname@example.org, using the subject line: “Postdoc Applicant”, and including the following documents:
- cover letter, explaining your background and motivation for the position (2 pages maximum), including contact information for 3 referees;
- CV (maximum 3 pages); and
- short (ca. 2,000 words long) proposal about a GELSI research project you would like to develop at the DEC, indicating the problem to be addressed, the working hypothesis about the solution, and the methodology that may be used.
Please submit your materials as PDF files and name them LastName-FirstName.coverletter.pdf, LastName-FirstName.CV.pdf, and LastName-FirstName.proposal.pdf
Qualified applicants may be contacted to schedule an online interview and asked to submit the letters of recommendation.