New book! The Political Philosophy of AI

I am pleased to announce my new book, The Political Philosophy of AI (Polity 2022)! For more information, please see the dedicated webpage or the publisher’s website.

New book: Green Leviathan or the Poetics of Political Liberty

I am pleased to announce that my new book, Green Leviathan or the Poetics of Political Liberty, is now available through Routledge Press! More information can be found here.

Postdoc position: 6 years 100%

Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna (http://jobcenter.univie.ac.at) no later than 01.11.2021, mentioning reference number 12113.

Duration of employment: 6 year/s

Extent of Employment: 40 hours/week
Job grading in accordance with collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 lit. b (postdoc) with relevant work experience determining the assignment to a particular salary grade.

Job Description:
The Department of Philosophy is looking for a postdoctoral researcher to work in (joint) projects with Univ.-Prof. Mark Coeckelbergh, Professor of Philosophy of Media and Technology. The main research areas associated with Univ.-Prof. Mark Coeckelbergh are philosophy of technology; ethics and political philosophy of artificial intelligence and robotics.

The Philosophy of Media and Technology group offers a lively and attractive research environment specialized in bringing philosophical concepts, arguments, and approaches to bear on urgent issues concerning new technologies in society, including ethics and political philosophy of artificial intelligence and robotics.

The successful candidate will participate in the department’s research, teaching (to the extent regulated by the collective bargaining agreement) and administration. In particular, the candidate is expected to conduct, and/or participate in, research projects leading to international publications and presentations.

Active participation in research, teaching and administration – this involves:
– Developing and strengthening the independent research profile, including the independent development of research projects and writing single-authored publications
– Involvement in national and international research projects / research studies, including taking responsibility for work packages
– Participation in joint publications
– Participation in the organization of events (e.g., meetings, conferences, symposia), including coordinating roles
– International publications and presentations
– Responsibility for project applications and the acquisition of third-party funding
– Collaboration in project applications and the acquisition of third-party funding
– Independent teaching of courses as defined by the collective agreement
– Supervision of students
– Participation in evaluation measures and quality assurance
– Involvement in the department administration as well as in teaching and research administration

Profile:
– A Ph.D. in philosophy (completed by 1 October 2021)

– Research focus in philosophy of technology, including but not exclusively ethics of technology such as ethics of AI

– Experience in scientific work

– Promising potential for, and evidence of, original high-level research, including an excellent PhD thesis and a beginning publication track record

– High ability to express yourself both orally and in writing

– Excellent command of written and spoken English (C2 level)

– Experience in university teaching

– IT user skills

– Ability to work in a team and willingness to take responsibility for specific projects

In addition, we expect the successful candidate to have
– Experience of working on research projects, preferably European projects funded by the European Commission
– Some experience in proposal writing, preferably European projects
– Experience of working with e-learning
– Publications in renowned, subject-relevant media (peer-reviewed international journals in the area of philosophy of technology and/or related areas)
– International presentation experience
– Good German language skills or willingness to acquire German language skills
– Experience of working in teams and coordination

Desirable qualifications are
– Knowledge of university processes and structures
– Experience abroad
– Experience of supervising students
– Experience in university committee work

Application documents:
(all application documents should be submitted in English)

– Letter of motivation
– Academic curriculum vitae (including a list of publications, a list of courses and a list of talks given)
– Description of research interests and research agenda for the coming 6 years – 2500 words max.)
– Evidence of teaching experience
– Graduation certificates and diplomas
– Contact details of people who could provide a letter of reference

Research fields:

Main research fieldSpecial research fieldsImportance
Philosophy, EthicsPhilosophy of technologyMUST


Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna (http://jobcenter.univie.ac.at) no later than 01.11.2021, mentioning reference number 12113.

For further information please contact Krobath, Katherina Geneviève +43-1-4277-46401.

The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity (http://diversity.univie.ac.at/). The University lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.

Human Resources and Gender Equality of the University of Vienna
Reference number: 12113
E-Mail: jobcenter@univie.ac.at

For more information, please see the listing on the University’s webpage.

Praedoc position: 4 years 75%

Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna (http://jobcenter.univie.ac.at) no later than 30.09.2021, mentioning reference number 12186.

Duration of employment: 4 year/s

Extent of Employment: 30 hours/week
Job grading in accordance with collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 Grundstufe (praedoc) with relevant work experience determining the assignment to a particular salary grade.

Brief Job Description:
The Department of Philosophy is looking for a praedoctoral researcher to work in (joint) projects with Univ.-Prof. Mark Coeckelbergh, Professor of Philosophy of Media and Technology. The main research areas associated with Univ.-Prof. Mark Coeckelbergh are philosophy of technology; ethics and political philosophy of artificial intelligence and robotics.

The Philosophy of Media and Technology group offers a lively and attractive research environment specialized in bringing philosophical concepts, arguments, and approaches to bear on urgent issues concerning new technologies in society, including ethics and political philosophy of artificial intelligence and robotics.

The successful candidate will participate in the department’s research, teaching (to the extent regulated by the collective bargaining agreement) and administration. In particular, the candidate is expected to conduct their doctoral project and contribute to other research projects, leading to international publications and presentations.

For more information, please see the listing on the University’s webpage.

Postdoc position (3yr/100%)

VACANCY – Postdoc for project on responsible entrepreneurship in AI and synthetic biology – 3 years full-time

What is responsible tech entrepreneurship? What does it mean to talk about virtuous scientists and engineers in AI and synthetic biology? What constitutes ethical behavior in the context of startups? How can we translate ethical frameworks into exciting technical projects, and what ideas about ‘good technology’ do developers and scientists already have themselves? What do role-model entrepreneurs that have an eye for tech and ethics look like? What does this mean for emerging policy in this area? Shortly, what kind of world do we want to create?

The University of Vienna, in cooperation with Rolf Mathies, Roland Manger and Ciarán O’Leary – who have a history of investing in founders building technologies (AI, synbio, crypto) with far reaching ethical questions – are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to address these and related questions concerning responsible entrepreneurship in artificial intelligence and synthetic biology. Our ideal candidate has a multidisciplinary background in philosophy (philosophy of technology, applied ethics, or similar fields) and a technical/scientific discipline as well as experience in a business environment. We are, however, open to applications from exceptional candidates that do not fit these boxes perfectly.

The researcher will have the opportunity to work, not only with Professor Mark Coeckelbergh, an international expert in the ethics of emerging technologies and global leader in AI Ethics, but also with senior entrepreneurs/scientists and leading figures from the world of startups and venture capital. The candidate should have an open mind, outstanding intellectual capacities, and the ability to collaborate with people outside academia, in particular with people in entrepreneurial contexts. Candidates will be expected to deliver academic results as well as contribute to the collaborative development of a vision and framework for the future of responsible tech entrepreneurship.

The successful candidate will receive a salary at postdoctoral level according to the collective bargaining agreement of the University of Vienna and will have the opportunity to benefit from interesting international networks in academia, industry, and the startup and venture capital scene. The position is for 3 years, full-time. The researcher will be based in Vienna and will be expected to contribute to project-related academic research activities in the philosophy of technology team of Professor Coeckelbergh. Location is, however, less important than the motivation and enthusiasm to embark on this experimental project and to help open up new exciting avenues for responsible technological entrepreneurship.

Applications (CV + cover letter) for the position should be sent to zachary.storms[at]univie.ac.at before 1 July 2021. Expressions of interest and questions regarding the position can be sent to mark.coeckelbergh[at]univie.ac.at (academic aspects) or rolf@earlybird.com (entrepreneurial aspects).

VACANCY: Postdoc (100%, 1 year) to work on ethical AI software project

VACANCY: Postdoc (100%, 1 year) to work on ethical AI software project

Existing AI software development, if it takes into account ethical implications at all, tends to treat dealing with these implications as an optional or ancillary matter. A new FFG-funded collaboration between GradientZero and Professor Mark Coeckelbergh’s research team at the University of Vienna aims to remedy this by creating a development platform that puts ethical issues in AI design and application at the core of the software product. Platform component modules–most importantly privacy, transparency, fairness, and impacts modules—will be integrated into the heart of the platform. The primary work concerns not only raising and discussing the more abstract questions about privacy, transparency, fairness, and impacts, but also collaborating closely with the technical researchers and helping the team to deal with the practical considerations arising from compliance with relevant legal frameworks and the constraints imposed by technical implementation.

In order to meet these challenges, the University of Vienna is hiring a postdoc (100% for 1 year) that will work under Prof. Coeckelbergh’s mentoring and in tandem with GradientZero beginning September 1, 2021. Strong preference will be given to candidates with a philosophical background that possess prior experience with technical projects and interdisciplinary work, and that are fluent in both German and English. Candidates should send a motivation letter and CV to zachary.storms(AT)univie.ac.at and be prepared to available to start in September or earlier.