DURHAM UNIVERSITY Postdoctoral Research Associate Job

Durham University

Durham University is one of the best universities in the world with strengths in the arts and humanities, sciences and social sciences.

The role

Durham University and Newcastle University are seeking to nominate a total of 9 postdoctoral researchers for the EPSRC-funded project ‘AGENCY: Asuring Citizen Agency in a World with Complex Online Harms’. We invite applications from applicants from a variety of disciplines to be part of an exciting multidisciplinary research project incorporating researchers in computer science (including AI, HCI and cybersecurity), sociology, ethics, business and the right. The team’s research aims to protect citizens and society from online harms such as hate speech, misinformation, self-image issues and domestic violence during a pandemic. Specifically, AGENCY researches how to provide end users with control (“agency”) over their online experiences. The team will design new citizen-centric technologies, influence policies and contribute to new ethical frameworks.

See http://agencyresearch.net for more information on all available posts.
The ideal candidate for this position is a competent and independent researcher who has expert working knowledge in the field of human-centered artificial intelligence, with experience in using a human-centered approach to the design and development of AI-powered interactive systems with ethical, legal, and societal values. Your work explores an AI-based component that assists the end user (in a way that maintains privacy and agency), recommending personalized platform features, and providing an adaptive and personalized user experience. You will work within an interdisciplinary team to iteratively test how custom features can increase platform usability and user motivation and engagement in performing these activities, as well as how of these activities can deter and reduce instances of harm online. You will become a member of the Haii Lab (https://haii.webspace.durham.ac.uk) based in the AIHS Research Group (https://aihs.webspace.durham.ac.uk) in the Department of Computing at the University of Durham. You will work with Dr. Lei Shi, who is available for informal inquiries at .

As a member of the AGENCY project team, you will work within an inclusive and interdisciplinary team. You will benefit from individual professional support and be part of a national network of related research projects (see http://agencyresearch.net). The research will be guided by case studies including personal health devices, digital identity management, smart homes and online misinformation. You will help shape the specific research associated with the case studies in collaboration with various external partners.