PhD Position in Epistemology and on the Ethics of Explainable AI
University of Tubingen International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities
Germany

2 PhD Positions - on the Epistemology and on the Ethics of Explainable AI (m/f/d; E13 TV-L, 75%, 36 Months)

Cluster of Excellence "Machine Learning - New Perspectives for Science"

Application deadline : 16.06.2020

The Cluster of Excellence "Machine Learning - New Perspectives for Science" at the University of Tübingen in cooperation with the International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW) advertises

2 PhD Positions - on the Epistemology and on the Ethics of Explainable AI (m/f/d; E13 TV-L, 75%, 36 Months)

to be filled in fall 2020. Both positions are limited to 3 years and are part of the project “Artificial Intelligence, Trustworthiness, and Explainability” funded by the Baden-Württemberg-Stiftung.

For further information, see

  • https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/177525 
  • https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/128980#c1088871 

PhD position 1: Epistemology of Explainable AI

The doctoral student will work on “Explainability and (Scientific) Explanation”, in close collaboration with Dr. Eric Raidl. The objective of this project is to identify epistemic and scientific norms governing explanation and to analyze how these are to constrain explainable AI.

Requirements:

  • an excellent MA degree in philosophy or logic
  • demonstrable interest in interdisciplinary research
  • a strong background in either philosophy of science or epistemology. Knowledge of logic or probability theory is recommended
  • proficiency in English
  • excellent organizational skills

PhD position 2: Ethics of Explainable AI

The doctoral student will work on “The Value(s) of Explainable AI”, in close collaboration with Dr. Thomas Grote. The objective of this project is to identify normative criteria for algorithmic explanations, which render algorithmic decisions justifiable and/or trustworthy.

Requirements:

  • an excellent MA degree in philosophy
  • demonstrable interest in interdisciplinary research
  • a strong background in either ethics (broadly construed) or epistemology (with an interest to apply tools from epistemology to morally relevant issues)
  • proficiency in English
  • excellent organizational skills

Offer: 

The two PhD students will be embedded in the Cluster of Excellence “Machine Learning – New Perspectives for Science” at the University of Tübingen. In addition to their salary, the PhD students will receive a travel budget to take part in summer schools as well as national and international conferences.

Please send the usual documents (cover letter, short research proposal (~2 pages), curriculum vitae, copies of certificates, list of publications – as a single PDF; not exceeding 5 MB) to the Central Office of the Cluster of Excellence (ml-in-sciencespam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de) by June 16, 2020. Please indicate which of the two vacancies you are applying for. Questions can be directed to eric.raidlspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de for position 1 and thomas.grotespam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de for position 2.

The university seeks to raise the number of women in research and teaching and therefore urges qualified women academics to apply for these positions. Equally qualified applicants with disabilities will be given preference. 

The employment will be carried out by the central administration of the University of Tübingen.


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