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Date: Mar 11, 2019

Job offer: Bonn-Cambridge Postdoc in the Philosophy and Ethics of AI Programme We are looking for Postdoc in our Philosophy and Ethics of AI Programme. The specialty: This 5 year position is offered together with the University of Cambridge: For 2½ years at the Center for the Future of Intelligence in Cambridge, and then for 2½ years at the CST in Bonn.

The Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn is an international research university that offers a wide range of degree programs. With 200 years of history, about 38,000 students, over 6.000 employees, and an excellent domestic and international reputation, Bonn University is among Germany’s leading universities.


The University of Cambridge in the UK is one of the world’s oldest and most successful Universities, with an outstanding reputation for academic achievement and research. Based at Cambridge, with partners in the University of Oxford, Imperial College, and UC Berkeley, the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence is an interdisciplinary research centre addressing the challenges and opportunities posed by artificial intelligence.


Starting on 01.06.2019 and preliminarily limited to a fixed contract until 31.05.2024, the Center for Science and Thought (CST, Bonn) and the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI, Cambridge) is seeking a

Postdoc Research Associate (100%)


The ethics of AI is a burgeoning discipline in both academic and policy circles. Using the tools of moral philosophy, philosophy of science, and social sciences, the Philosophy and Ethics of AI Programme takes on the major contemporary ethical challenges presented by AI.
The position will be based for the first 2 and a half years in Bonn, with regular travel to Cambridge, and then for the second 2 and a half years in Cambridge, with regular travel to Bonn.

Your responsibilities:

  • Independent research and participation in group research projects in philosophy and the ethics of artificial intelligence,
  • Production of high-quality publications in the relevant fields,
  • Support of research, teaching and administration at CFI and CST,
  • While at Bonn, four hours of teaching per week per semester (4 SWS),
  • Organisation of conferences and workshops,
  • Regular travel between Bonn, Cambridge and other research institutions.

Your qualifications:

  • A PhD in Philosophy or another related field in humanities and social sciences or a PhD with a substantial element of these fields,
  • Area of expertise: ethics or political/social philosophy/theory,
  • At least one of the following areas of competence: artificial intelligence, machine
    learning, data science, ethics/moral philosophy, political philosophy, digitalisation studies, philosophy of science, sociology of science, history or social studies of technology,
  • Native speaker or near-native command of the English language,
  • Motivated, flexible, team-oriented and interested in continued professional development.

We offer:

  • A varied and challenging position with one of the biggest employers in the areas in an international, interdisciplinary research environment,
  • Opportunity to pursue a Habilitation,
  • Participation in the university-wide pension system (VBL),
  • Access to the extensive university sports programme,
  • An excellent transport infrastructure with subsidised travel for university employees,
  • A salary based on the German 13 TV-L scale.


The University of Bonn is committed to diversity and equal opportunity. It is certified as a family-friendly university. It aims to increase the proportion of women in areas where women are under-represented and topromote their careers in particular. It therefore urges women with relevant qualifications to apply. Applications will be handled in accordance with the Landesgleichstellungsgesetz (State Equality Act). Applications from suitable individuals with a certified serious disability and those of equal status are particularly welcome.


The University of Cambridge is committed in its pursuit of academic excellence to equality of opportunity and to a pro-active and inclusive approach to equality, which supports and encourages all under-represented groups, promotes an inclusive culture, and values diversity. The full statement of the University’s Equal Opportunities Policy and Codes of Practice can be found at:
www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/personnel/policy/equal.html
The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

If you are interested in filling this position, please send your complete application documents (1. letter of intent, 2. CV including a full publication list, 3. research proposal for a project within the Philosophy and Ethics of AI Programme, 4. a writing sample of min. 7.000 words) by 07.04.2019, 23:59h to [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.] with the application code 07/19/3.202. Before sending your application, please combine and convert all of your documents into a single PDF file. For further information please contact Jan Voosholz (Tel.: +49 228/73-62042; [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.]).

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