Postdoctoral Associate, Ethical and Social Implications of Artificial Intelligence

Massachusetts, United States
14 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
14 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE, ETHICAL AND SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS OF AI, Center for Transportation and Logistics (CTL)-AgeLab, to join a multidisciplinary team focused on research that seeks to improve the lives of older adults by avenues of technology, science, and business solutions. Will support research on projects that examine ethical and social questions around the burgeoning use of robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) in technologies increasingly used by individuals in their daily lives at home, on the job, in vehicles, and in their smartphones. Will collaborate on designing and conducting research studies (qualitative and quantitative) and carry out data analysis. Responsibilities include assisting in all aspects of research (i.e., developing and defining research problems; conducting literature reviews; recruiting participants, collecting, cleaning, and analyzing data; and summarizing findings); serving as a resource on questions related to research, research design, data analysis, and new technology applications; participating in meetings with sponsors and research partners; drafting, reviewing, and editing proposals, reports, and papers; helping with event planning; and supporting research in other areas as needed. May write proposals and perform other laboratory support duties as needed.

Job Requirements
Ph.D. in anthropology, sociology, philosophy, ethics, psychology, engineering design, human-computer interaction, mechanical engineering, computer science or related field; excellent organizational, communication, and written and oral presentation skills; attention to detail; team-orientation; and ability to handle multiple priorities from multiple sources. Must have experience with research design, human data collection, and data analysis; both qualitative and quantitative data; Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; and statistics and a statistical package program, e.g., R, SPSS, Stata, Minitab, or SAS. 

May be required to occasionally work or attend events on nights and weekends.

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