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Tech­ni­sche Uni­ver­sität Ber­lin - Fac­ulty IV - Insti­tute of Elec­tri­cal Engin­eer­ing and Com­puter Sci­ence / Clus­ter of Excel­lence: Sci­ence of Intel­li­gence

Research Assist­ance (PhD can­did­ate or PostDoc) - salary grade E13 TV-L Ber­liner Hoch­schu­len

part-time employ­ment may be pos­sible

The Tech­nis­che Uni­versität Ber­lin invites applic­a­tions for a pos­i­tion (Postdoc or PhD can­did­ate) for the Cluster of Excel­lence “Sci­ence of Intel­li­gence”.
What are the prin­ciples of intel­li­gence, shared by all forms of intel­li­gence, no mat­ter whether arti­fi­cial or bio­lo­gical,
whether robot, com­puter pro­gram, human, or animal? And how can we apply these prin­ciples to cre­ate intel­li­gent tech­no­logy? Answer­ing these ques­tions - in an eth­ic­ally respons­ible way - is the cent­ral sci­entific object­ive of the new Cluster of Excel­lence Sci­ence of Intel­li­gence (https://www.scioi.de), where research­ers from a large num­ber of ana­lytic and syn­thetic dis­cip­lines - arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence, machine learn­ing, con­trol, robot­ics, com­puter vis­ion, beha­vi­oral bio­logy, psy­cho­logy, edu­ca­tional sci­ence, neur­os­cience, and philo­sophy - join forces to cre­ate a multi-dis­cip­lin­ary research pro­gram across uni­versit­ies and research insti­tutes in Ber­lin. Inter­dis­cip­lin­ary research pro­jects have been defined (https://www.scienceofintelligence.de/research/researchprojects), which com­bine ana­lytic and syn­thetic research and which address key aspects of indi­vidual, social, and col­lect­ive intel­li­gence.

Work­ing field:

Work­ing field: Eth­ical and Trust­worthy Arti­fi­cial and Machine Intel­li­gence (etami)
Arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence can be use­ful for a wide range of areas such as health care, energy con­sump­tion, trans­port, farm­ing, cli­mate change and risk man­age­ment. For example, Intel­li­gent Trans­port sys­tems can reduce traffic jams, AI sys­tems can raise the inde­pend­ency of visu­ally impaired people, or optim­ise the effi­ciency of engines. Thus, also the efforts to decar­bon­ise, in favour of a greener soci­ety, can be strengthened.
However, the applic­a­tion of arti­fi­cial-intel­li­gence meth­ods also cre­ates new chal­lenges for future work organ­isa­tion and raises legal and eth­ical issues. In order to con­sti­tute the con­fid­ence neces­sary for the accept­ance and use of AI in soci­ety, stand­ards, tech­niques and sys­tems must be developed that fol­low fun­da­mental rights and eth­ical rules. The etami pro­ject focuses on the eth­ical implic­a­tions of (future) out­comes of research of the cluster of excel­lence “Sci­ence of Intel­li­gence” and aims to con­nect to the Eth­ics Guidelines for Trust­worthy Arti­fi­cial Intel­li­gence by the High-Level Expert Group on Arti­fi­cial Intel­li­gence (AI HLEG) of the EU Com­mis­sion.

Respons­ib­il­it­ies:
  • Design and exe­cu­tion of research pro­jects at the inter­sec­tion of eth­ics, soci­ology, and intel­li­gence research
  • Inter­ac­tion within the SCIoI cluster of excel­lence and the etami pro­ject part­ners
  • Com­pil­a­tion of the res­ults for present­a­tions, pro­ject reports, and pub­lic­a­tions

This pos­i­tion requires par­ti­cip­a­tion in research col­loquia, lec­ture series and work­shops, as well as an act­ive engage­ment in the Cluster's research activ­it­ies.

Require­ments:

  • Suc­cess­fully com­pleted uni­versity degree (Mas­ter, Dip­lom or equi­val­ent) in a suit­able dis­cip­line
Applic­ants should have proven skills/back­ground in fol­low­ing top­ics:
  • Eth­ics and/or policy in the con­text of emer­ging tech­no­lo­gies
  • Philo­sophy/Soci­ology of tech­no­logy
  • Meth­ods of philo­soph­ical con­cep­tual ana­lysis
  • Exper­i­ence with meth­ods of tech­no­logy assess­ment such as vis­ion assess­ment, foresight ana­lysis, scen­ario tech­niques etc.
  • Exper­i­ence in con­duct­ing expert inter­views and/or focus group dis­cus­sions
  • Uni­versity stud­ies in soci­ology, philo­sophy, legal stud­ies or related fields in the human­it­ies
  • Addi­tional research exper­i­ence in the field of Robot­ics and AI is an advant­age
  • Addi­tional back­ground in an engin­eer­ing sci­ence or a nat­ural sci­ence is an advant­age

The research data require Eng­lish lan­guage pro­fi­ciency; Ger­man lan­guage pro­fi­ciency is an advant­age.

How to ap­ply:

Please upload your applic­a­tion via the portal https://scienceofintelligence.de/jobs in order to receive full con­sid­er­a­tion.

Applic­a­tions should include: motiv­a­tion let­ter, cur­riculum vitae, tran­scripts of records (for both BSc and MSc), cop­ies of degree cer­ti­fic­ates (BSc, MSc, PhD if applic­able), abstracts of Bach­elor-, Mas­ter- and (if applic­able) PhD-thesis, list of pub­lic­a­tions and one selec­ted manuscript (if applic­able), two names of qual­i­fied per­sons who are will­ing to provide ref­er­ences, and any doc­u­ments can­did­ates feel may help us assess their com­pet­ence.

By sub­mit­ting your applic­a­tion via email you con­sent to hav­ing your data elec­tron­ic­ally pro­cessed and saved. Please note that we do not provide a guar­anty for the pro­tec­tion of your per­sonal data when sub­mit­ted as unpro­tec­ted file. Please find our data pro­tec­tion notice acc. DSGVO (Gen­eral Data Pro­tec­tion Reg­u­la­tion) at the TU staff depart­ment homepage: https://www.abt2-t.tu-berlin.de/menue/themen_a_z/datenschutzerklaerung/ or quick access 214041.

To ensure equal oppor­tun­it­ies between women and men, applic­a­tions by women with the required qual­i­fic­a­tions are expli­citly desired. Qual­i­fied indi­vidu­als with dis­ab­il­it­ies will be favored. The TU Ber­lin val­ues the diversity of its mem­bers and is com­mit­ted to the goals of equal oppor­tun­it­ies.

Tech­nis­che Uni­versität Ber­lin - Der Präsid­ent - Fak­ultät IV, Exzel­len­zcluster Sci­ence of Intel­li­gence, Prof. Dr. Oliver Brock, Sekr. SCIOI, March­straße 23, 10587 Ber­lin