The School of Computer Science at the University of Southampton is inviting applications for two Early Stage Researchers (= PhD students) to work in the area of Artificial Intelligence decision making without bias. You will work within the interdisciplinary community of a large EU-funded Marie Sklodowska-Curie European Training Network and will pursue a PhD in Computer Science at the University of Southampton as part of your 3-year engagement with the project.

The specific research topics include methods, tools and frameworks to discover bias in inaccessible (black box) algorithms or to explain the cause of bias in artificial intelligence systems. To be successful you will have a BSc or an MSc or equvalent professional qualification and experience in computer science, data science or related discipline and will be willing to collaborate with researchers and industrial partners in these areas who may work in a different discipline. This collaboration involves extended research stays at partner sites.

At the time of recruitment (i.e. first date of employment), you must not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc...) in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to recruitment under this project and you must be eligible for home/EU (non-overseas) fees at the University of Southampton.  At the time of recruitment you must not yet have been awarded your doctorate and must be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of your research career.

Feel free to contact me explicitly mentioning "AI Without Bias" to check your eligibility before applying.

Apply here before December 3, 2020. 

Equality, diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in the School of Electronics and Computer Science. We particularly encourage women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME), LGBT and disabled applicants to apply for this position. We are commited to improving equality for women in science and have been successful in achieving an  Athena SWAN bronze award in April 2020.   We give full consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly including part-time and due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy* and onsite childcare facilities

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