Research Associate (Fixed Term) - Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities University of Cambridge, Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities United Kingdom

Research Associate (Fixed Term)

CRASSH is seeking to appoint a highly motivated and enthusiastic Research Associate to join the four-year project Giving Voice to Digital Democracies: The Social Impact of Artificially Intelligent Communications Technology (based at CRASSH), led by Professor Ian Roberts. The project explores the social changes caused by Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in modern digital democracies. The focus is on technologies at the intersection of AI and ICT (AICT), specifically speech technology, natural language processing, smart telecommunications and social media. The aim is to elaborate on an applied ethics of AICT that facilitates the development of systems that are more trustworthy, accurate, unbiased and transparent. The project provides a unique opportunity to determine how existing AICT-based infrastructures can be reconfigured to enable these technologies to change society for the better.


The Research Associate (RA) will work collaboratively on the project, interacting closely with the Principal Investigator, Co-Investigators, the Project Manager and the existing RA. In addition to undertaking their own research, the RA will participate in all project-related meetings and events, while also assisting in the organisation of activities such as workshops, conferences, colloquia, and the hosting of visitors. The RA will also share responsibility for editing project outputs and contributing content to the project's website and social media accounts. The position will be based in Cambridge but the RA will be expected to travel to Europe/the US, as required.


The successful applicant will hold a good first degree, and a PhD, in a relevant subject area, already awarded or near completion. They will have expertise in fields such as Speech Recognition, Speech Synthesis, Machine Translation, Dialogue Systems, Natural Language Processing and Computational Linguistics. Applicants will be expected to provide evidence of the ability to organise and participate in collaborative research initiatives, and in presenting research findings to a scholarly audience.


Fixed-term: The start date is 1 April 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter. Funding for the post is available until 30 September 2022, in the first instance.


To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.


The closing date for applications is 31 January 2019. Interviews are planned on for the week of 4th March 2019. If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact


Please quote reference VM15812 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.


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