Postdoc Position in Big Data Analytics and AI (England) Deadline: July 15, 2019

University of Oxford

Application Deadline

July 15, 2019

Program Commencement


Duration of the Program

1.5 Years

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Program Details

As the oldest university in the English-speaking world, Oxford is a unique and historic institution. Oxford aims to deliver exceptional education, to carry out world-leading research, and to make significant contributions to society – locally, nationally, and internationally.

The Oxford Internet Institute (OII) is a dynamic and innovative department for research and teaching relating to the Internet, located in the world-leading traditional research university. It is a leading centre for research into the governance of emerging technologies. The institute invites applications from highly qualified individuals for the position of Postdoctoral Researcher to collaborate with Professor Sandra Wachter (Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow) and Dr Brent Mittelstadt (Research Fellow and British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow) on the legal and ethical analysis of Big Data analytics and AI. The project is titled “A right to reasonable inferences in advertising and financial services”. The position is suited to candidates who hold or are near completion, of a PhD/DPhil in a relevant field. The position requires someone with the ability to identify and analyze relevant laws, policies, and theories around AI, review the literature, and publish results in collaboration with Professor Wachter and Dr Mittelstadt. The primary task will be to undertake legal and ethical analysis to establish the essential requirements, standards, and duties for the safe, responsible and accountable deployment of AI in high-risk sectors (e.g. digital advertising, financial services, medicine, criminal justice).

Excellent writing, presentation abilities, and analytical skills are required. A record of publications in international peer-reviewed journals and the proven ability to collaborate across disciplines and obtain research funding, both commensurate with the stage of the candidate’s academic career, are very desirable.

The position is available immediately for 18 months, with possibility of renewal thereafter, subject to funding availability. The position is located in Oxford and the candidate is expected to move to Oxford to take up the position.

More details, here.

Eligibility/ Requirements


  • Hold, or be near completion, of a PhD/DPhil in a relevant discipline
  • Have a clear and provable interest in legal, ethical, or social aspects of emerging information technologies
  • Proven experience in legal, ethical, or social analysis of AI, machine learning, data analytics or other relevant emerging technologies
  • Ability to manage own academic research and associated activities
  • Previous experience of contributing to publications/presentations
  • Ability to contribute ideas for new research projects and research income generation
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write for publication, present research proposals and results, and represent the research group at meetings
  • The technical ability to develop conceptual analyses, evaluate policies and develop requirements and guidelines for policy-makers
  • The communication skills required to interact with scholars, policy-makers, and industrial partners interested in developing ethically-sound AI.


  • Strong publication record
  • Proven ability in analysis of data protection, privacy, non-discrimination, technology, or intellectual property law and other relevant areas of regulation, jurisprudence or policy
  • Interest in areas of increased deployment of AI such as digital advertising, financial services, medicine, criminal justice, and insurance
  • Experience of independently managing a discrete area of a research project
  • Ability to plan and organize workshops or other expert meetings


Application Process

Apply online here. Vacancy ID: 140748

Follow the on-screen instructions to register as a user. You will then be required to complete a number of screens with your application details, relating to your skills and experience. When prompted, please provide details of two referees and indicate whether we can contact them at this stage. You will also be required to upload a CV and supporting statement which explains how you meet the selection criteria for the post. The supporting statement should explain your relevant experience which may have been gained in employment, education, or you may have taken time away from these activities in order to raise a family, care for a dependant, or travel for example. We also encourage candidates to upload a maximum of two pieces of work that are relevant to this position (e.g. academic publications, chapters, or professional reports). Your application will be judged solely on the basis of how you demonstrate that you meet the selection criteria outlined above and we are happy to consider evidence of transferable skills or experience which you may have gained outside the context of paid employment or education.

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Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 15 July 2019 can be considered. Interviews for those short-listed are currently planned to take place week commencing 5 August 2019.

If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Ornella Sciuto Tel: 01865 287011 E-mail:

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