Job: Postdoctoral Fellow in Ethics of AI at University of Toronto

Job Posting – Postdoctoral Fellow in Ethics of Artificial Intelligence
Centre for Ethics
University of Toronto

Application deadline: August 1, 2019

The interdisciplinary Centre for Ethics at the University of Toronto (C4E) invites applications for its inaugural postdoctoral fellowship in ethics of artificial intelligence during the 2019-20 academic year.

AREA OF RESEARCH: We welcome applications by candidates from diverse disciplinary backgrounds-including philosophy, law, political science, and other social sciences and humanities, as well as computer science, engineering, statistics, and technology studies-to join C4E’s interdisciplinary intellectual community to conduct research related to the ethics of artificial intelligence, in the context of C4E’s mission as an interdisciplinary centre aimed at advancing research and teaching in the field of ethics, broadly defined, by bringing together the theoretical and practical knowledge of diverse scholars, students, public servants and social leaders in order to increase understanding of the ethical dimensions of individual, social, and political life.

Please consult our website or online journal to familiarize yourself with C4E’s interdisciplinary Ethics of AI Lab and Ethics of AI in Context initiative, and to get a general sense of the variety of projects and activities at the Centre.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: Under the direction of the Director, Centre for Ethics, the successful candidate will conduct research and will help to foster interdisciplinary exchange across the university and public discourse around the normative dimensions of artificial intelligence within the context of related modes of technological innovation, by facilitating and participating in C4E events, activities, and projects. The successful candidate will also be expected to teach 0.5 full-course equivalents (FCE) offered by the Centre for Ethics in the winter term. Teaching will be covered by the terms of the CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Collective Agreement.

SALARY: $43,000 per year

Please note that should the minimum rates stipulated in the collective agreement fall below the rates stated in this posting, the minimum rates stated in the collective agreement shall prevail.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must have completed all requirements for their degree by August 31, 2019. Candidates must also be no more than 5 years from the awarding of their degree, and cannot have accepted or hold a tenure-track position.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: All individuals interested in this position must submit a cover letter of application describing your proposed research project, a current CV, and a sample of written work to by the closing date. Please submit your application materials in PDF format as one file, using the naming convention “LastnameFirstname_AI2019.” Applicants also should arrange to have three confidential letters of reference sent directly to the same email address; at least one of the reference letters should speak to the applicant’s teaching experience and ability.

CLOSING DATE: The application deadline is August 1, 2019. Please address additional inquiries to Ellen Ough, Centre Administrator, at

Supervisor: Professor Markus Dubber, Director, Centre for Ethics

EXPECTED START DATE: September 1, 2019

TERM: September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020

FTE: 100%

The normal hours of work are 40 hours per week for a full-time postdoctoral fellow (pro-rated for those holding a partial appointment) recognizing that the needs of the employee’s research and training and the needs of the supervisor’s research program may require flexibility in the performance of the employee’s duties and hours of work.

Employment as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto is covered by the terms of the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement.

This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.


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