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Essentials

  • The Interdisciplinary Ethics Research Group require a Research Fellow (3 years fixed-term contract) to support Associate Professor Keith Hyams on his Leverhulme Project Grant entitled Anthropogenic Global Catastrophic Risk: The Challenge of Governance for a period of three years.
  • Essential criteria: PhD in a social sciences discipline; interest and/or experience in the governance of Global Catastrophic Risks arising from Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, and/or Artificial Intelligence; the ability to act as an independent researcher; ability to present results of your research through verbal and written presentations, to both national and international audience standard; excellent skills in qualitative social science methodologies and analysis.
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  • Application deadline: 23 May 2018

Summary
Vacancy Overview
Fixed term contract for 3 years.

The Interdisciplinary Ethics Research Group require a Research Fellow (3 years fixed-term contract) to support Associate Professor Keith Hyams on his Leverhulme Project Grant entitled Anthropogenic Global Catastrophic Risk: The Challenge of Governance for a period of three years. This project studies human-induced risk that threatens sustained and wide scale loss of life and damage to civilisation across the globe. Central to the danger posed by future Anthropogenic Global Catastrophic Risks (AGCRs) is the problem that technological progress and uptake has proceeded much more rapidly than commensurate understanding and implementation of effective governance. The project aims to address this deficit by investigating the key challenges of governance for AGCRs, and by identifying practical and ethical guidelines within which new governance solutions for specific AGCRs will be advanced. It will focus in particular on risks arising from biotechnology, nanotechnology, and artificial intelligence.

Applications from female candidates and those from a minority ethnic background are especially welcome as these groups are currently underrepresented within the Department.

Essential criteria: PhD in a social sciences discipline; interest and/or experience in the governance of Global Catastrophic Risks arising from Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, and/or Artificial Intelligence; the ability to act as an independent researcher; ability to present results of your research through verbal and written presentations, to both national and international audience standard; excellent skills in qualitative social science methodologies and analysis such as (but not necessarily including all, and not limited to) interviews, surveys, document analysis and focus groups; ability to plan, implement and deliver programmes of research work to tight deadlines; and effective communication skills.

Interview date: 12 June 2018

Job Purpose
The Research Fellow will work closely with Professor Keith Hyams (PAIS) who is the Principal Investigator (PI) of the Leverhulme project ‘Anthropogenic Global Catastrophic Risk: The Challenge of Governance’. The postholder will also work with the Co-Is, Professor Sebastien Perrier (Chemistry), Professor Nathan Griffiths (Computer Science), and Professor John McCarthy (Life Sciences). The postholder will be actively involved in both research and administrative tasks.

Duties and Responsibilities

Research tasks include but are not limited to conducting literature surveys, writing single authored and co-authored research and policy papers on the governance of global catastrophic risk, co-editing an edited collection of papers, taking active part in the design, implementation and analysis of research methodologies such as interviews, surveys, and focus groups, document analysis, attending workshops and conferences and other scientific gatherings relevant for the project, taking part in the dissemination of results. Administrative tasks include but are not limited to coordination amongst project team members, relevant University of Warwick offices and other beneficiaries; organizing workshops and meetings, updating the project website.