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PhD position in Human-Centered AI

Current systems that incorporate AI technology mainly target the introduction phase, where a core component is training and adaptation of AI models based on given example data. In contrast, the joint project SAIL (https://jaii.eu/sail) focuses on the full life-cycle moves the current emphasis towards sustainable long-term development in real life. SAIL addresses both basic research in the field of AI, its implications from the perspective of the humanities and social sciences, and concrete applications in the field of Industry 4.0 and Intelligent Healthcare. SAIL is an interdisciplinary and interinstitutional collaboration of Bielefeld University, Paderborn University, Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences, and OWL University of Applied Sciences and Arts, funded by the Ministry for Culture and Science North Rhine Westphalia.

According to the EU definition, AI systems in automation are high-risk AI systems and are therefore required to be bias-free. In this context, we are offering a PostDoc position who will lead a junior research group on ethical AI and cognitive assistance in automation at the Institute Industrial IT (www.init-owl.de) at OWL University of Applied Sciences and Arts conducting research at the intersection of AI, ethics and intelligent automation. The research will focus on assistance applications for multi-modal sensor systems in the context of explainable, transparent and fair AI.

Your Tasks

In particular, the following research tasks (100 %) will be carried out in the project:

  • bias research for automation with a focus on data objectification and human communication
  • collaboration within the SAIL network (with researchers from computer science, the humanities, sociology, psychology) on aspects of ethical AI
  • publication and presentation of research results at high-impact international conferences and in journals

We offer

  • fixed-term full-time employment with salary according to remuneration level 13 TV-L
  • flexible working hours
  • modern and collegial working environment
  • reconcilability of family and work

Your Profile

We expect

  • completed Master in computer science (preferable with a focus on HCI) or a related field
  • strong interest in ethical aspects of human-computer interaction and AI
  • very good analytical and conceptual skills
  • communicative and team-oriented style of work
  • strong organizational and coordination skills
  • interest in interdisciplinary research collaborations
  • very good English skills (oral and written)

Application Procedure

We are looking forward to receiving your application. For full consideration, your application should be send via email (a single PDF document is required) to Prof. Carsten Röcker (carsten.roecker@th-owl.de) until 30.11.2022.

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