Whether it’s grocery shopping or dating, managing our work life, finding out about (possible) future diseases, or streaming a show on Netflix; artificial intelligence (AI) is changing our daily life.
What is the next step for AI? The interdisciplinary Erasmus Initiative ‘Societal Impact of AI’ aims for innovative research and education in AI that places society centre stage. Together with key stakeholders we will set the expectations for the use of AI that benefits society, bringing AI closer to the people. We focus on ensuring human augmentation with AI – AI that works in a manner consistent with the expectations of individual citizens and society.
To do so, we set the rules of engagement for the application of AI in key domains of our society, including work, media, health, and (urban) art. As a team, we address hot topics such as urban AI, deep fake, medical decision making, and digital placemaking and street art. We embrace a multidisciplinary and multimethod approach, including data science, citizen science, and living labs. We also create new opportunities for citizens, students, scholars and organisations to unlock their full potential with AI as co-worker and trusted advisor.
Your main tasks
As a PhD candidate, you will get the unique opportunity to help shape the Initiative with your research plan. Closely collaborating with your fellow PhDs and mentored by top scholars from various disciplines, you are encouraged and supported to conduct your PhD project. The position starts in January 2022.
Ever thought of the implications of AI in your daily life and wondered where AI would or could take society next? Do you have a strong intrinsic drive to figure out what these developments mean for society and are you ready for the next big step—obtain a PhD? Are you excited and interested to become team member and put your knowledge and aspirations to work? Then please write a short research proposal describing how you will investigate the societal impact of AI in your PhD project. We are very curious to find out about you, and your thoughts about which study design and analyses you would use for your project. The proposal will not only demonstrate your current research competencies, but also your ideas and aspirations for the project.
What we expect from you:
- A clear and appealing vision of the future of research into the societal impact of artificial intelligence.
- A master degree in social-behavioural sciences or humanities, for example a research master degree in sociology, communication, law, economics, psychology, science or technology studies.
- A proven affinity with artificial intelligence.
- An interest in societal impact.
- A spirit of team science and open science.
Your required competences
- Excellent research, methodological and statistical skills.
- Excellent oral and written command of English.
- The opportunity to develop your PhD project, in collaboration with top talent peers and senior scholars from various disciplines.
- Training in the Erasmus Graduate School of Social Sciences and the Humanities.
- Supervision by a top talent fellow and a senior scholar.
- Access to societal stakeholder network.
- A supportive, inspiring, collaborative, and flexible working environment.
- A dynamic and inspiring urban environment in the bustling city of Rotterdam.
We offer an appointment as PhD student for a period of 1.5 year, which will be extended with a second term of 2.5 years if the candidate performs well. Remuneration will be according to the PhD scales set by the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU) and will range from € 2.434,- per month in the first year to € 3.111,- per month in the fourth year (gross amounts, in case of fulltime employment).
The EUR has attractive employment conditions, which include a holiday allowance of 8%, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% and up to 41 vacation days.
If you’re interested in one of the three PhD positions to research AI in society, please write a short research proposal, describing how you would like to contribute to the Erasmus Initiative ‘Societal Impact of AI’ within one of the following themes:
- AI in work and labour
- AI in health and care
- AI in arts and culture
Please submit your application in three separate PDF files:
1. A motivation letter (one page), including how your research interests fit in the project.
2. A curriculum vitae, including all grades obtained for your bachelor’s and master’s degree and (expected) dates of graduation.
3. A research proposal for a (sub)project addressing the research aim of the position in your own words (maximum 750 words), including:
- theory, research questions and hypotheses (approx. 250 words)
- methods (approx. 300 words)
- expected results and societal relevance (approx. 200 words)
You can send your application by clicking the apply button. Applications are handled by the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM). The deadline for applications is Friday 15 October 2021. Interviews will be held in November 2021. The position starts in January 2022. For more information, please contact Prof. Moniek Buijzen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Societal Impact of AI’ (AiPact) is one of four spearhead initiatives of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. The Erasmus Initiatives streamline our academic activities to increase the social and economic impact of our work. The connection and interaction between science and society, between theory and practice, are part of our DNA. Talented researchers who enter into international collaborations with an open mind move science forward. The Erasmus Initiatives join forces for science that matters.
The Erasmus Initiative Societal Impact of AI (AiPact) is embedded in the Erasmus Centre for Data Analytics (ECDA).
Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s top-ranked business schools. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who can become a force for positive change by carrying their innovative mindset into a sustainable future. Our first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes encourage them to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers. Study information and activities for future students, executives and alumni are also organised from the RSM office in Chengdu, China. www.rsm.nl
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