Next review date:January 1st, 2019 Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: January 1st, 2019 Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.
Assistant/Associate Specialist -CenterforHuman-CompatibleAI- University of California, Berkeley
Description: The goal of the Center for Human-Compatible AI (CHAI) is to develop the conceptual and technical wherewithal to reorient the general thrust of AI research towards provably beneficial systems.
Artificial intelligence research is concerned with the design of machines capable of intelligent behavior, i.e., behavior likely to be successful in achieving objectives. The long-term outcome of AI research seems likely to include machines that are more capable than humans across a wide range of objectives and environments. CHAI's goal is to ensure that such systems remain entirely under human control and generate provably beneficial behavior. Because the meaning of beneficial depends on properties of humans, this task inevitably includes elements from the social sciences in addition to AI. For more information, please visit: https://humancompatible.ai/
Appointment Length: This is a full time one-year position with the possibility of being extended subject to performance and budgetary approval. Anticipated start date is as soon as possible.
Responsibilities: This position involves analyzing the AI international landscape, analyzing how technologies normally used for civilian purposes but which may have military applications (dual-use technologies) could be governed, developing and defining CHAI policy positions, and engaging with relevant stakeholders and information sources. The postholder may also provide models for international coordination around AI. The postholder may also have a background in political sciences as semiformal theories of human value systems, helping CHAI researchers integrate those in their technical work. The candidate will need to show an ability to engage deeply with complex subjects, coming up with solutions that work in multi-stakeholder scenarios.
The postholder's main responsibilities will include:
Assisting with the development and dissemination of research agenda and assisting with research.
Involvement with research partnerships and community relationships that lead to collaborative opportunities, shared research projects and agendas, and ongoing knowledge exchange.
Assisting in completion of research for publications, in addition to other outputs and activities designed to engage diverse stakeholders and broaden public understanding of these topics.
Analyzing opportunities for influencing the safe development and application of artificial intelligence and similar technologies by the private sector, research organizations, governments, international organizations, etc.
Managing relevant incoming CHAI correspondence and inquiries and determining appropriate engagement approach.
Supporting the field for researchers, policy-makers, and other experts who are dedicated to understanding the strategic and policy implications of AI--participating in workshops, and other convenings on the topic of AI, safety, and international coordination (among others).
Assisting in the coordination of linkages between CHAI and external partners, donors, UN organizations, NGOs and governments to communicate the work of the program, facilitate collaboration on joint activities, and ensure good working relationships.
Providing small-scale project management.
Serving as a resource in AI policy and strategy to CHAI staff and partners.
Performing other relevant duties as requested by the supervisor.
Basic Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree or equivalent international degree or enrolled in a Bachelor's (or equivalent international degree) granting program at the time of application.
Additional Qualifications (by start date):
Bachelor's Degree or equivalent international degree by start date.
Six months or more experience working on or with a research team.
Experience with societal and/or safety issues surrounding artificial intelligence.
Excellent communication skills with the ability to clearly translate complex technical issues to different audiences across different contexts.
Understanding of relevant multilateral and foreign entities that play important roles on AI strategy and policy.
Professional demeanor and ability to maintain discretion.
Ability to be resourceful and self-directed.
Knowledge of one or more languages besides English (in particular Chinese, Japanese, French, or Russian)
Knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines of international institutions and sound knowledge of Government institutions, the private sector and of the UN system
Capacity to master new areas of knowledge and skills rapidly
Experience in diplomacy or international institutions
Salary: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and based on UC Berkeley salary scales. The anticipated salary range is $49,700 - 51,800 (steps 1-3) for the Assistant Specialist title and $56,400 - $67,900 (steps 1-4) for the Associate Specialist title.
Requirements: To receive full consideration interested individuals should submit application documents as PDFs, which includes:
Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
3 references required (contact information only): Letters of reference will only be solicited for finalists.
All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality (http://apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html) prior to submitting their letters.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.
Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
3 required (contact information only)
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