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Research Associate - Societal Acceptability of AI and Autonomous Systems

Computer Science
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University of York
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
30,339 to 40,927
Interview Date
25th January 2022
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Role Description


We are seeking a highly-motivated researcher to work as part of the Assuring Autonomy International Programme (AAIP) ( The AAIP is an exciting £12 million initiative funded by Lloyd's Register Foundation and the University of York to spearhead research in the safety of robotics and autonomous systems (RAS).


The primary purpose of the role is to contribute to the development, articulation and validation of an ethically-informed approach to the design and governance (D&G) of autonomous systems, which links to the technical frameworks being developed by the AAIP. This will likely include leading user studies and undertaking empirical research about the societal acceptability of risk from AI and autonomous systems. The role will involve interaction with domain-specific research projects in robotics and autonomous systems, including the demonstrator projects linked to the AAIP in a range of domains, from automotive, marine, and space to medical and social care. You will also be expected to maintain currency in your initial academic discipline, linking the AAIP to advances in that subject.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

You will have the following:

  • A first degree and a PhD (or equivalent experience), in a social sciences or philosophy with an understanding of practical ethics.
  • You will have an interest in RAS or AI sufficient to engage in research on the ethical use of such technology.
  • You will have, or be able to develop, a good understanding of system safety, enabling you to undertake research on such issues as assurance of systems that learn, data safety, etc

Interview date: 25th January 2022

For informal enquiries: please contact Ibrahim Habli –

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