Research position at Future of Humanity Institute

by Daniel_Dewey15th Apr 2015No comments



The Future of Humanity Institute is hiring, and I wanted to personally extend the invitation to the EA community:

Applications are invited for a full-time Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Artificial Intelligence (AI) safety within the Future of Humanity Institute (FHI) at Oxford University. This post is fixed-term for 2 years from the date of appointment.

The application deadline is April 27th, 2015.

The post-holder, who will occupy an office at the Future of Humanity Institute in central Oxford, will work closely with Professor Nick Bostrom and other members of the FHI, and with external collaborators. The post-holder will conduct independent research related to the long-term safety of machine intelligence, including technical issues in AI control. The balance between the theoretical and practical aspects of the post is flexible and will be tailored to the research interests of the successful applicant. The Research Fellow will be expected to produce a number of publications, single and/or co-authored.

The successful candidate must demonstrate strong evidence of relevant research potential in the indicated area. Outstanding analytical skills and the ability to engage with results and methods of computer science are essential. A Bachelors degree in mathematics, computer science, statistics, or other relevant subject is essential. A PhD is desirable but not strictly required if the candidate has a suitably strong research record. Expertise in machine learning is desirable but not required.  For further details, see here.

A few things to consider:

  • I currently expect talented researchers to be the biggest bottleneck in AI safety science, and in existential risk research in general, for the next few years.
  • Even if you won't have time to apply for this position or it doesn't fit with your current plans, please keep an eye out for future FHI jobs, and reach out to us if you are interested. I expect that we will be hiring more in the future.
  • We share an office with the Centre for Effective Altruism, and they're wonderful neighbors!
Feel free to leave questions or to get in touch with me by email.


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