Current Job Postings From FLI and Our Partner Organizations:

 

MIRI

MIRI’s mission is to ensure that the creation of smarter-than-human intelligence has a positive impact. Our strategic focus is our technical research agenda on “superintelligence alignment,” composed of numerous subproblems in AI, logic, decision theory, and other fields.

Our technical research program currently employs four full-time research fellows, fosters collaboration with our research associates and others, runs several research workshops each year, and funds independently-organized MIRIx workshops around the world.

Research Fellow

We’re seeking multiple research fellows who can work with our other research fellows to solve open problems related to superintelligence alignment, and prepare those results for publication. For those with some graduate study or a Ph.D. in a relevant field, the salary starts at $65,000 to $75,000 per year, depending on experience. For more senior researchers, the salary may be substantially higher, depending on experience. All full-time employees are covered by our company health insurance plan. Visa assistance is available if needed.

Ours is a young field. Our current research agenda includes work on tiling agents, logical uncertainty, decision theory, corrigibility, and value learning, but those subtopics do not exhaust the field. Other research topics will be seriously considered if you can make the case for their tractability and their relevance to the design of self-modifying systems which stably pursue humane values.

This is not a limited-term position. The ideal candidate has a career interest in these research questions and aims to develop into a senior research fellow at MIRI, or aims to continue these avenues of research at another institution after completing substantial work at MIRI.

Some properties you should have

  • Published research in computer science, logic, or mathematics.
  • Enough background in the relevant subjects (computer science, logic, etc.) to understand MIRI’s technical publications.
  • A proactive research attitude, and an ability to generate productive new research ideas.

A formal degree in mathematics or computer science is not required, but is recommended.

For more details, please visit here!

Future of Humanity Institute

The Future of Humanity Institute is a leading research centre in the University of Oxford looking at big-picture questions for human civilization. We seek to focus our work where we can make the greatest positive difference. Our researchers regularly collaborate with governments from around the world and key industry groups working on artificial intelligence. To read more about the institute’s research activities, please see http://www.fhi.ox.ac.uk/research/research-areas/.

The FHI seeks interns to contribute to our work in the area of technical AI safety. Examples of this type of work include Cooperative Reinforcement LearningLearning the Preferences of Ignorant, Inconsistent AgentsLearning the Preferences of Bounded Agents, and Safely Interrupible Agents. The internship will give the opportunity to work on a specific project.  Interns at FHI have worked on software for Inverse Reinforcement Learning, on a framework for RL with a human teacher, and on RL agents that do active learning.  You will also get the opportunity to live in Oxford – one of the most beautiful and historic cities in the UK.

The ideal candidate will have a background in machine learning, computer science, statistics, mathematics, or another related field. Our internships are open to outstanding students about to enter the final year of their undergraduate degree or final year of a Master’s degree or who have recently completed a PHD.

This is a paid internship.  Candidates from underrepresented demographic groups are especially encouraged to apply.

There are no deadlines for applications but it is best to contact us at least 3-4 months before the intended start of the internship, especially if you would require a visa to work in the UK.

Selection Criteria

  • You should be able to undertake research at post-graduate level in the area of AI safety.
  • You should be fluent in English
  • You must be available to come to Oxford for approximately 12 weeks, (please indicate the period when you would be available when you apply).

To apply, please send a CV and a short statement of interest (including relevant experience in machine learning and any other programming experience) to fhijobs@philosophy.ox.ac.uk.

For more details, please visit http://www.fhi.ox.ac.uk/vacancies/

Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence

The Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI) is a new, highly interdisciplinary research centre, addressing the challenges and opportunities of future development of artificial intelligence (AI), in both the short and long term. Funded by the Leverhulme Trust for 10 years, it is based in Cambridge, with partners in Oxford, Imperial College, and UC Berkeley. The Centre will have close links with industry partners in the AI field, and with policymakers, as well as with many academic disciplines. It will also work closely with a wide international network of researchers and research institutes.

Postdoctoral researcher at CHCAI (flexible start date)

The Centre for Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence (CHCAI) at Berkeley has openings for one or more postdoctoral researchers. Successful candidates will work with the CHCAI Director, Stuart Russell, or with one of the Berkeley co-Principal Investigators, Pieter Abbeel, Anca Dragan, and Tom Griffiths. There will also be opportunities to collaborate with CHCAI investigators at Cornell (Bart Selman, Joe Halpern) and Michigan (Michael Wellman, Satinder Singh), as well as with groups at Cambridge, Oxford, and Imperial College through the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence.

Candidates need not have done previous work on the AI control problem but must have (or be about to obtain) a PhD in a relevant technical discipline (computer science, statistics, mathematics, or theoretical economics) and a record of high-quality published research. A solid understanding of current methods in AI and statistical learning would be an advantage. If you fit this description and would like to arrange a conversation with someone at the Center about what it would be like to work here, email Andrew Critch (critch@math.berkeley.edu) with your CV attached.

If you choose to apply, full applications should be mailed to chcai-jobs@berkeley.edu and should include a CV, the names and contact details of three academic referees, and a one-page statement of interest describing in general terms the kind of research you would like to undertake.

Postdoc in the study of trust and transparency in Artificial Intelligence (AI)

The Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI) and the Machine Learning Group at the University of Cambridge invite applications for a postdoctoral Research Associate in the study of trust and transparency in Artificial Intelligence (AI). The appointment will be for 3 years.

This is a new Research Associate post within CFI’s Trust and Transparency project, based in central Cambridge. The post-holder will be a member of both CFI, and the Machine Learning Group, run by Prof Zoubin Ghahramani, in the Department of Engineering. This project, led by Dr Adrian Weller and involving partners at Imperial College, aims to develop processes to ensure that AI systems are transparent, reliable and trustworthy.

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.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click here.

Postdoc in the study of Artificial Intelligence and Philosophy

Full time, fixed term appointment for 2 years in the first instance

To start 1 April 2017

Candidates should have a PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant field and should provide strong evidence of potential for research and publication at the highest level, as well as an interest in the long-term methodological, philosophical, and ethical issues surrounding artificial intelligence. The work required is highly inter-disciplinary, and the ideal candidate will have a technical background in artificial intelligence or machine learning, as well as other appropriate academic experience, for example in a relevant branch of philosophy or in comparative (animal) cognition. The post-holder will be expected to play an important role in CFI’s interdisciplinary activities, including discussion groups, workshops, and conferences, both in London and in Cambridge.

For academic queries about the post please contact m.shanahan@imperial.ac.uk.

Our preferred method of application is online via our website: http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/employment (please select “job search” then enter the job title or vacancy reference number EN201600394LE into “keywords”).  Please complete and upload an application form as directed.

Center for Effective Altruism

The Centre for Effective Altruism helps to grow and maintain the effective altruism movement. Our mission is to

  • create a global community of people who have made helping others a core part of their lives, and who use evidence and scientific reasoning to figure out how to do so as effectively as possible; and
  • make the advancement of the wellbeing of all a worldwide intellectual project, doing for the pursuit of good what the Scientific Revolution did for the pursuit of truth.

Summer Research Fellow

Application deadline: Tuesday, January 10th 2017, 12:00 am GMT

The research team at the Centre for Effective Altruism is now looking to take on Summer Research Fellows in 2017 to pursue prioritisation research. This is an opportunity to work with leading researchers and make original contributions in a young and exciting field. This is a continuation of the research internship programme previously run by the Global Priorities Project. Past participants have generally taken the lead on a project under the supervision of one of our researchers.

For more details, please visit https://www.centreforeffectivealtruism.org/careers.

Center for the Study of Existential Risk

The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk is an interdisciplinary research centre focused on the study of risks threatening human extinction that may emerge from technological advances. CSER aims to combine key insights from the best minds across disciplines to tackle the greatest challenge of the coming century: safely harnessing our rapidly-developing technological power.

An existential risk is one that threatens the existence of our entire species.  The Cambridge Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) — a joint initiative between philosopher Huw Price, cosmologist Martin Rees, and software entrepreneur Jaan Tallinn — was founded on the conviction that these risks require a great deal more scientific investigation than they presently receive. The Centre’s aim is to develop a new science of existential risk, and to develop protocols for the investigation and mitigation of technology-driven existential risks.

No current job postings for CSER, but you can still get involved!

The Open Philanthropy Project

The Open Philanthropy Project is a collaboration between Good Ventures and GiveWell in which we identify outstanding giving opportunities, make grants, follow the results, and publish our findings.

Good Ventures is a philanthropic foundation whose mission is to help humanity thrive. Good Ventures was created by Dustin Moskovitz (co-founder of Facebook and Asana) and Cari Tuna, who have pledged to give the majority of their wealth to charity. GiveWell is a nonprofit that finds outstanding giving opportunities and publishes the full details of its analysis to help donors decide where to give.

No current job postings for Open Philanthropy Project, but you can still get involved!

Global Catastrophic Risk Institute

The Global Catastrophic Risk Institute (GCRI) is a nonprofit think tank specializing on the topic of global catastrophic risk (GCR). GCRI works with researchers from many academic disciplines and professionals from many sectors. GCRI leads research, education, and professional networking on GCR. GCRI research aims to identify and assess the most effective ways of reducing the risk of global catastrophe, as well as the issues raised by GCR. GCRI education aims to raise awareness and understanding about global catastrophic risk among students, professionals, and most of all by the general public.

No current job postings for GCRI, but you can still get involved!

80,000 Hours

80,000 Hours is an Oxford, UK-based organization that conducts research on the careers with positive social impact and provides career advice. It provides this advice online, through one-on-one advice sessions and through a community of like-minded individuals.

We’re not currently focused on hiring, though we’re always interesting in hearing from people dedicated to our mission who’d like to join the team full time. If you’d like to express interest in joining, fill out this short form.

Unfortunately we don’t offer internships or part-time volunteer positions.