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Fully-funded Post-Doc position on Moral Cognition and Value-Aware AI
Fully-funded Post-Doc position on Moral Cognition and Value-Aware AI

09/JUN/2022
09/JUN/2022

 

The Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (IIIA-CSIC) is offering a fully-funded Post-Doc position in Artificial Intelligence, focusing on the area of moral cognition.

The position is offered in the context of VALAWAI (short for Value-Aware AI), a new EU project at the frontiers of AI. The project addresses the pressing issue of machines being aware of human values and active in ensuring the alignment of actions with such values. VALAWAI brings together neuroscientists and AI scientists to develop technologies addressing the issue of moral cognition with applications in the domain of social media, social robots and medical protocols.

At IIIA-CSIC, the main focus will be on developing tools for moral cognition and evaluating them within the medical protocols field, where medical protocols and medical decisions are morally analysed.

The candidate will be working with Prof Carles Sierra and Dr Nardine Osman, and will be part of a vibrant and interdisciplinary research team.

About IIIA-CSIC.
IIIA-CSIC, located on the UAB campus, belongs to the Spanish National Research Council, Spain’s largest public institution devoted to research and technological development. IIIA-CSIC is a leading research centre in Europe in the areas of multiagent systems, machine learning, and uncertainty reasoning. It has grown over the last 25 years to become a cohesive group of 60 researchers and engineers, including roughly 20 PhD students.  Many of its near 100 alumni hold relevant research and industrial positions all over the world, in Australia, the US, France, the UK, Singapore, Italy, and Argentina to name a few. IIIA-CSIC has a strong academic record, and is an active player in the Catalan industrial ecosystem, participating in a large number of technology transfer projects.

Responsibilities.

  • Collaborating on the development of tools for moral cognition.
  • Leading the use case with Hospital del Mar by collaborating with the medical personnel and designing the use case accordingly.
  • Designing and overseeing the application of cognitive tools within the medical protocols scenario.

The Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (IIIA-CSIC) is offering a fully-funded Post-Doc position in Artificial Intelligence, focusing on the area of moral cognition.

The position is offered in the context of VALAWAI (short for Value-Aware AI), a new EU project at the frontiers of AI. The project addresses the pressing issue of machines being aware of human values and active in ensuring the alignment of actions with such values. VALAWAI brings together neuroscientists and AI scientists to develop technologies addressing the issue of moral cognition with applications in the domain of social media, social robots and medical protocols.

At IIIA-CSIC, the main focus will be on developing tools for moral cognition and evaluating them within the medical protocols field, where medical protocols and medical decisions are morally analysed.

The candidate will be working with Prof Carles Sierra and Dr Nardine Osman, and will be part of a vibrant and interdisciplinary research team.

About IIIA-CSIC.
IIIA-CSIC, located on the UAB campus, belongs to the Spanish National Research Council, Spain’s largest public institution devoted to research and technological development. IIIA-CSIC is a leading research centre in Europe in the areas of multiagent systems, machine learning, and uncertainty reasoning. It has grown over the last 25 years to become a cohesive group of 60 researchers and engineers, including roughly 20 PhD students.  Many of its near 100 alumni hold relevant research and industrial positions all over the world, in Australia, the US, France, the UK, Singapore, Italy, and Argentina to name a few. IIIA-CSIC has a strong academic record, and is an active player in the Catalan industrial ecosystem, participating in a large number of technology transfer projects.

Responsibilities.

  • Collaborating on the development of tools for moral cognition.
  • Leading the use case with Hospital del Mar by collaborating with the medical personnel and designing the use case accordingly.
  • Designing and overseeing the application of cognitive tools within the medical protocols scenario.

Requirements:

  • A PhD in computer science, artificial intelligence, (technical) cognitive science, or areas relevant to the research topic.
  • Knowledge and expertise in formal methods and mathematics is highly valued.
  • Good programming skills are required (Python or other).
  • Proven technical skills in building AI components.
  • Very good English language skills (spoken as well as written).
  • As the position is highly interdisciplinary, interest or understanding in (neuro)psychology and social sciences and other themes related to consciousness is desirable.
  • A PhD in computer science, artificial intelligence, (technical) cognitive science, or areas relevant to the research topic.
  • Knowledge and expertise in formal methods and mathematics is highly valued.
  • Good programming skills are required (Python or other).
  • Proven technical skills in building AI components.
  • Very good English language skills (spoken as well as written).
  • As the position is highly interdisciplinary, interest or understanding in (neuro)psychology and social sciences and other themes related to consciousness is desirable.

Salary: 

around € 35,000 a year
around € 35,000 a year

Duration: 

3 years (extendable)
3 years (extendable)

Workday: 


Workplace: 

IIIA-CSIC
IIIA-CSIC

Start date: 

tentative start date is 01 October 2022
tentative start date is 01 October 2022

Closing date: 

05/SEP/2022
05/SEP/2022


Applicants should send their application by email to Dr Nardine Osman (nardine@iiia.csic.es) with the subject “VALAWAI Post-Doc application”. The application should include (in PDF):

  • a short statement of interest explaining why the applicant is interested in this position, how does their profile match the research, along with any other relevant information;
  • a full curriculum vitae;
  • two reference letters;
  • a copy of the applicant’s academic degrees/transcripts; and
  • any relevant scientific publications, if applicable.

Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis, though the deadline is on 05 September 2022. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview, which can be online if necessary.

Applicants should send their application by email to Dr Nardine Osman (nardine@iiia.csic.es) with the subject “VALAWAI Post-Doc application”. The application should include (in PDF):

  • a short statement of interest explaining why the applicant is interested in this position, how does their profile match the research, along with any other relevant information;
  • a full curriculum vitae;
  • two reference letters;
  • a copy of the applicant’s academic degrees/transcripts; and
  • any relevant scientific publications, if applicable.

Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis, though the deadline is on 05 September 2022. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview, which can be online if necessary.


For further information please contact Prof Carles Sierra (sierra@iiia.csic.es) or Dr Nardine Osman (nardine@iiia.csic.es).

For further information please contact Prof Carles Sierra (sierra@iiia.csic.es) or Dr Nardine Osman (nardine@iiia.csic.es).