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We are hiring a Postdoctoral Researcher to join the Fairwork team at the Oxford Internet Institute

Posted on 01.07.2021
We are hiring

We are looking for a researcher and project manager to join the Fairwork project at the Oxford Internet Institute.

This is a full-time position with a remuneration of £41,526 – £49,553. The post is available immediately and is fixed-term for 17.5 months in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal thereafter

Reporting to the Principal Investigator, Prof Mark Graham, the post holder will act as a researcher and project manager of the Fairwork project. Together with the Global Partnership on AI (GPAI), the project is developing a set of fair work principles for AI. The post holder will lead on developing and disseminating that work. Tasks will involve developing fair work standards for AI, research with workers and platforms, organising meetings, outreach, liaising with external partners and stakeholders, and disseminating findings in the media.

About the Postdoctoral Researcher:

Applicants will have academic or professional experience, or an established career, related to the sociology of work, AI, decent work, or precarious/temporary work. Excellent writing, presentation abilities, and analytical skills are also required.

Structure and Primary Responsibilities:

A lot of work has been done on fair working conditions around AI. The main issue with existing initiatives to shape AI applications is that they are high-level, which can make them unenforceable, which means that organizations are largely left to interpret and enact such ethics themselves. This has left workers exposed to potential risks and abuse of AI technologies. The pathway from high-level principles to enforceable regulation around the impact of AI on working conditions has not been clearly defined. The main way that AI ethics have been operationalized is in the context of privacy concerns, transparency and governance, yet questions around job quality, well-being and working conditions more generally have not received sufficient attention. Together with our working group at GPAI, you will lead on developing principles and processes through which they can be implemented.

As the successful candidate, you will be based at Fairwork project within the University of Oxford’s Oxford Internet Institute. You will also work with the broader project team to:

  1. co-develop thresholds and principles of fair work for jobs that are mediated or managed by AI;
  2. design strategies and carry out research to evaluate companies against those thresholds; and
  3. collaborate in the preparation of publications and research outputs to disseminate the evaluations of platforms against principles of fair work.

Duration and Deadline

Based in the heart of Oxford, this post is available immediately and is fixed-term for 17.5 months in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal thereafter. Interviews are planned for the week commencing the 9th August 2021.

The remuneration is Grade 8; £41,526 – £49,553

The closing date for applications is July 29th 12noon (BST)

The Fairwork project endorses the call from the Oxford Internet Institute community to advance anti-racist initiatives in higher education. We commit to upholding the values it espouses in our recruitment processes, to the best of our capacities.