Postdoc, on the subject of Diverse and Inclusive AI for the Media Sector.

Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) has a vacancy in the Human-Centered Data Analytics research group for a talented Postdoc, on the subject of Diverse and Inclusive AI for the Media Sector.

Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) has a vacancy in the Human-Centered Data Analytics research group for a talented

Postdoc,

on the subject of Diverse and Inclusive AI for the Media Sector.

Job description

How do we design, develop and evaluate human-centered AI applications for the media sector, and how do we ensure that these systems align with the goal to be diverse, inclusive and/or transparent? In this project we will translate goals and values embodied in media organisations into concrete metrics for the assessment and optimization of AI applications. We strive for a human-centered development approach by taking into account the long term effect of AI applications on various stakeholders, such as end-users, media content producers and media organisations.

The position is part of the new AI, Media and Democracy Lab, an interdisciplinary lab that brings together AI researchers, Communication Scientists, Information Law scholars and media organisations. The project will start with a collaboration with one of the media partners of the Lab, the Netherlands Institute for Sound & Vision, a leading knowledge institute in the field of media culture and archiving, and a strong advocate for the adoption of responsible AI systems. Together with Sound & Vision, we will decide which use cases, AI applications and datasets to work on. We may e.g. target recommender systems, which are widely seen as a risk for diversity, but we may also target ethical concerns in other types of AI systems, such as search engines or automatic tagging or classification systems. 

Requirements

Candidates are required to have a PhD in artificial intelligence, information sciences, data science, computer science, science and technology studies or comparable. Candidates who are due to submit their dissertation before May 2023 are also welcome to apply. Further qualifications for candidates include:

  • Proven expertise in responsible AI, for example through publications in FaCCT, AIES, or relevant papers in other conferences. 
  • Motivation to work in the media domain and to disseminate results to our community of media professionals.
  • Ability to collaborate with an interdisciplinary team including researchers in Communication Science and Law.
  • Excellent knowledge of the English language. Knowledge of (or willingness to quickly learn) Dutch is not required but will be considered an asset.

The description of this project has been left intentionally broad. We welcome candidates with a diverse range of academic backgrounds to apply and are open to adjusting the specifics of the project to the expertise and interests of the selected candidate.

Terms and conditions

The terms of employment are in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement for Research Centres ("CAO-onderzoeksinstellingen"). The gross monthly salary for an employee on a full time basis, depending on relevant work experience, ranges from € 3,852 to € 4,695. The appointment will be for a period of two years. CWI offers attractive working conditions, including flexible scheduling and help with housing for expat employees.

Please visit our websites for more information about our terms of employment: 
https://www.cwi.nl/jobs/terms-of-employment and
https://www.nwo-i.nl/en/working-at-nwo-i/jobsatnwoi/

Information and application

All applications should include a motivation letter, a curriculum vitae and contact details of three references. The application deadline is 29 November 2022. We plan to have interviews with selected candidates shortly after this, on December 6, 7 and 9, 2022.

For residents outside the EER-area, a Toefl English language test might be required.

For more information about the vacancy, please contact dr. Laura Hollink, email l.hollink@cwi.nl.

For more information about CWI, please visit www.cwi.nl or watch our video about working at CWI.

Diversity code

CWI encourages a diverse workforce: we endeavour to develop talent and creativity by bringing people from different backgrounds and cultures together. We recruit and select based on capabilities and talent. We strongly encourage everyone with the appropriate qualifications to apply for the vacancy, regardless of age, gender, origin, sexual orientation or physical abilities.

About CWI

Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) is the Dutch national research institute for mathematics and computer science and is an institute of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The mission of CWI is to conduct pioneering research in mathematics and computer science, generating new knowledge in these fields and conveying it to trade, industry, and society at large. CWI is an internationally oriented institute, with 160 scientists from approximately 30 countries. The facilities are first-rate and include excellent IT support, career planning, training, and courses. CWI is located at Amsterdam Science Park which is home to one of the largest concentrations of beta science in Europe. A melting pot of innovation. Companies looking to collaborate can work together with brilliant students, scientists and fellow entrepreneurs. Collectively they develop revolutionary solutions for today’s issues and tomorrow’s challenges.

About Research group

The AI, Media & Democracy Lab (aim4dem.nl) is a collaboration between the CWI’s research groups Human-Centered Data Analytics, Distributed and Interactive Systems and Intelligent and Autonomous Systems, the UvA’s research teams Human(e) AI and ICDS (Information, Communication and the Data Society) and the HvA lectorates Responsible IT, Civic Interaction Design, Crossmedia, and Visual Methodologies.

The AI, Media & Democracy Lab focuses on how AI and digital technology are transforming media and democracy. The researchers will tackle specific issues surrounding the use of AI in the media, such as ways to develop more people-oriented and diverse recommender systems, or the possible role of chatbots in news provision. In addition, they and the various partners in the lab will think about what the media of tomorrow should look like.

The postdoctoral researcher will be part of the The Human-Centered Data Analytics group at CWI. HCDA studies empirical evidence of how humans interact with data and systems. HCDA aims to develop data-driven methods that are transparent, trustworthy, diverse, and aware of cultural differences. To find more information about the HCDA research group, please visit the group page and watch their video.