Job: Senior Research Fellow on Ethical Autonomous Systems at UNSW Canberra


Senior Research Fellow on Ethical Autonomous Systems
The University of New South Wales, Canberra, Australia

Posted April 20, 2020

About the role:

  • Academic Level B or Level C
  • AUD$108,282 – $131,519 pa (+17% super and leave loading)
  • Fixed term (36 months) starting in July 2020
  • Full-time

UNSW Canberra has an opportunity for a Senior Research Fellow on Ethical Autonomous Systems. You will undertake research on a large project concerning military robotics and autonomous weapon systems, conducted in collaboration with a Defence partner. The Project aim is to provide value-sensitive input to guide the responsible design and development of future weapons.

Your research will be focused on enhancing the ethical and legal interpretability of autonomous systems, and other open topics of impact to be published in peer reviewed journals. Depending on your research background, you might model how and ethical intent and action can modelled or ask questions such as: can robots have emotions; can robots recognise surrender; can robots be morally prejudiced in war? You will also be required to travel to attend meetings both nationally and internationally as well as present findings at national and/or international conferences.


To be successful in this role you will need to have:

  • A PhD in a relevant area/discipline (humanities, social sciences or a socio-technical field) that complements the breadth of expertise of the Values in Defence & Security Technology (VDST) Group
  • A demonstrated ability to undertake an internationally competitive research program in a relevant area
  • An understanding of ethics as it applies to autonomous systems/robots
  • Practical understanding of, or training in, a relevant technical field (AI, machine learning, etc) and/or practical experience in a relevant military field.

Questions to

Dr. Jai Galliott JP MIEEE FRSA
Director | Values in Defence & Security Technology Group (VDST) at UNSW Canberra @ ADFA
Non-Resident Fellow | Modern War Institute at the United States Military Academy, West Point
Visiting Fellow | Centre for Technology and Global Affairs, The University of Oxford
Room 370-71, Building 21
The University of New South Wales, Canberra
The Australian Defence Force Academy
Campbell ACT 2612, Australia
E | W | P +61 (0)424 043 247


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