The CAIDE Ninian Stephens Law Program - Research Fellow in New Legal Thinking of Emerging Technology

Melbourne, Australia
26 Oct 2021
End of advertisement period
22 Nov 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Work type: Fixed Term

Location: Parkville

Division/Faculty: Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology

Department/School: School of Computing and Information Systems

Salary: $107,547 - $127,707 (Level B)

Role & Superannuation rate: Academic - Full time - 10% super

  • 2-year Research-Only Fixed Term Appointment
  • Centre for AI and Digital Ethics (CAIDE)
  • A collaboration between the schools of Law and Computing and Information Systems

The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, we are globally engaged; comprehensive; research-intensive; and committed to responding to the major challenges of our time.

The Centre for AI and Digital Ethics (CAIDE): facilitates cross-disciplinary research, teaching and leadership on the ethical, regulatory and legal issues relating to Artificial Intelligence (AI) and digital technologies. With the Melbourne Law School and the School of Computing and Information Systems, CAIDE has received funding from The Menzies Foundation for a 4-year project ‘Law + Engineering: New Legal Thinking for Emerging Technologies.’

The ‘Law + Engineering’ program aims to build capacity in the legal profession to provide effective responses to the challenges of emerging technologies. The program will bring together leaders from the legal profession and business along with and engineers, computer scientists and technology specialists from both private and public sectors in a program of research collaboration, dissemination, teaching and engagement.

The program is premised on a model of systems thinking, commonly learnt by engineering and computer science students, that studies how people and artefacts interact. This program asserts that systems thinking can be used to testing the limits and possibilities to regulation of technology.

About the role:

CAIDE is seeking a research fellow for this innovative project focusing upon the law and emerging technologies.

The position will have particular focus on law, systems thinking, cybersecurity and ethical approaches to new technologies.

You will develop and co-ordinate the program of research conducted under the project, in collaboration with the Project Manager and the cross-disciplinary research team. This work will include speaking with legal and technology professionals in Australia and the Asia Pacific.

The successful applicant will be expected to undertake a range of research responsibilities including liaising with partner organisations, carrying out interviews with key stakeholders, managing data collection and analysis and report and academic writing, as well as liaison and collaboration with other research centres and agencies. You will also be expected to undertake research and writing of major grant applications.

About You:

Naturally you will be capable of demonstrating your prior record of achievement in the following:

  • PhD in Law, Computer Science, Information Systems, or a relevant field of Engineering
  • Strong research track record in Law, Computer Science, Information Systems, or a relevant field of Engineering as evidenced through publication in international conferences and journals
  • Working as an independent investigator and as a member of a research team, and to interact in a courteous and effective manner with academic, administrative and support staff
  • Capacity to work effectively in a highly dynamic and rapidly changing research environment
  • Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills with the ability to relate effectively with a range of people across all levels of the organisation
  • Commitment to a code of ethics and compliance to the highest professional standards of integrity.

Additionally, it would be desirable (but not necessary) if you if you also had experience in relation to any of the following:

  • Digital ethics or in law for emerging technologies.
  • Organisational aspects of cybersecurity
  • Working with industry on research.
  • Applying systems thinking approaches 
  • Leadership and service to national and international professional bodies and professional journals

PLEASE NOTE – You will be required to undergo police and security checks as a condition of employment with the University of Melbourne

You will be supported to pursue achievement in all four pillars of an academic career:

  • Research
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Engagement
  • Service and Leadership

What we offer you

We offer flexibility, whatever that may mean for you. Many of our benefit programs and onsite amenities are aimed at supporting you - including generous leave, childcare subsidies, discounted parking, medical and health care. We offer extensive opportunities for personal and professional development, and we’ll support you in doing what you love.

We seek to increase the diversity of our workforce and the representation of all members of our community that have been traditionally under-represented.

If you’re curious, motivated and ready to undertake a meaningful and rewarding role we’re ready to meet you.

How to Apply

Apply online, complete the application and upload your Cover Letter - addressing all selection criteria; and your Resume.

You must be currently located within Australia and able to commence immediately or as soon as your notice period has been served.

You will be an Australian Citizen; Permanent Resident or holder of an appropriate visa.

PLEASE NOTE: applications will be reviewed and progressed as we receive them.  If you are interested, we strongly encourage you submit your application immediately and NOT wait until closing date. This is an important role and a priority appointment.

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Position Description

Applications close: 22 Nov 2021 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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