Postdoc at AI Now Institute at NYU
The AI Now Institute at New York University is hiring 1-2 postdoctoral researchers interested in joining an interdisciplinary and dynamic team of collaborative researchers. This two-year position is designed for scholars who want to engage with the social implications of AI and related technologies, and we welcome applications from all disciplines.
Oct 15, 2019

Postdoctoral Researcher

AI Now is hiring 1-2 postdoctoral researchers interested in joining an interdisciplinary and dynamic team of collaborative researchers. This two-year position is designed for scholars who want to engage with the social implications of AI and related technologies, and we welcome applications from all disciplines.

AI Now provides postdocs with the opportunity to develop their scholarship at a top academic institution with a remit to collaborate with researchers and practitioners across different fields on cutting-edge issues.

Postdocs will devote time to their own research and collaborative projects, as well as contributing to AI Now programs and events related to their research portfolio. Teaching is not expected, but can be an option, depending on a candidate’s availability and interest.

AI Now is committed to accommodating and resourcing research agendas that fit within its mission. Postdocs will become a core part of a vibrant research community that includes reading groups, expert workshops, international conferences, regular salons, and site-specific travel.

Resources and Benefits

  • Competitive salary and benefits
  • A generous research budget for conferences (including international), fieldwork, and research materials available as needed
  • Access to an exceptional network of established researchers spanning NYU and beyond, including civil society and industry practitioners
  • Relocation assistance available as needed


Eligible candidates will have received their PhD in 2018-2020 (conferred by August 2020). Start date for this position will be in September 2020. Postdoc positions are two years in length and this position will conclude in August 2022.

Successful candidates will have extensive research experience and an established research track record, demonstrated by journal publications and/or conference papers, as well as other forms of academic participation, such as program committees and editorial boards.

Candidates may be trained in any discipline, but should be focused on examining the complex social implications of AI and related systems, and be committed to working in an interdisciplinary environment. Candidates from all disciplines, both technical and non-technical, are welcome to apply.

Examples of current research areas include: the construction of training data for supervised machine learning systems, gender and race representation and AI, the implications of algorithmic risk assessment and means testing in criminal justice and social welfare, the geopolitical implications of artificial intelligence, the role of industrial actors in the creation of modern AI systems, the political economy of the AI industry, the use of AI in the workplace and the changing nature of work, the relationship of healthcare practitioners to algorithmic systems, infrastructural analyses of AI, the history of AI, the maintenance of complex AI systems, and the political implications of machine vision. We are also open to a range of topics and approaches that go beyond these domains.

The ideal candidate will enjoy bold and creative research design, working on collaborative teams, mentoring junior researchers, exploring new methodologies, and engaging broad audiences with their research.

The AI Now postdoctoral program is located at New York University and candidates will be expected to spend the majority of their time on-site, with the exception of travel for conferences, research, meetings, etc.

New York University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. New York University is committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of its hiring and promotion process without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, pregnancy or childbirth (or related medical condition), sexual orientation, partnership status, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital, parental or familial status, caregiver status, national origin, ethnicity, alienage or citizenship status, veteran or military status, age, disability, predisposing genetic characteristics, domestic violence victim status, unemployment status, or any other legally protected basis. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels.


The application deadline for the 2020-2022 class is Tuesday, November 19, 2019.

To apply, please submit your information via  our online form , including PDF attachments for the following materials:

1.      A research statement, no longer than two pages, on your research agenda, methodologies, and how this work connects to the mission of AI Now.

2.      An abstract and chapter outline of your dissertation.

3.      Two writing samples in English, such as journal articles, book chapters, essays, or equivalent.

4.      Your CV; please indicate when you received/will receive your PhD.

Feel free to contact us should you have any questions about the position at  [email protected]

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AI Now strives to minimize data collection and limit use of data to the specific purpose for which it is collected. For job applications, we use a series of third party services to help store and organize applicant information. After our hiring process concludes, we save the minimal amount of data required for our HR compliance records and delete the rest. Unless compelled by legal process or pursuant to the applicant’s permission, we do not share any information we receive from applicants with any external person or entity. Should we receive any such legal process, we will attempt to notify the individual whose data is at issue if at all possible in a timely manner.

About the AI Now Institute

The AI Now Institute  at New York University is an interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to understanding the social implications of AI technologies. It is the first university research center focused specifically on AI’s social significance. Founded and led by Kate Crawford and Meredith Whittaker, AI Now is one of the few women-led AI institutes in the world.

AI Now works with a broad coalition of stakeholders, including academic researchers, industry, civil society, policy makers, and affected communities, to identify and address issues raised by the rapid introduction of AI across core social domains. AI Now produces interdisciplinary research to help ensure that AI systems are accountable to the communities and contexts they are meant to serve, and that they are applied in ways that promote justice and equity. The Institute’s current research agenda focuses on four core areas: bias and inclusion, rights and liberties, labor and automation, and safety and critical infrastructure.