Ethical Tech and Engineering Post Doc Associate

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Durham, NORTH CAROLINA
Position ID:Duke -Initiative for Science & Society -ETEPOSTDOC [#22755]
Position Title: 
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map ]
Subject Area: Tech Policy
Appl Deadline:none (posted 2022/09/12)
Position Description:  Apply    

Duke University Science & Society and Pratt School of Engineering invites applications for 2022-2023 Ethical Technology Engineering Post-doctoral Fellowship Program. This fellowship is intended for individuals with an engineering doctoral degree who are interested in working on issues at the intersection of technology, law and policy. The work supporting this fellowship is focused on helping to ensure that technology law and policy is grounded in sound ethical engineering and technology principles.  The successful candidate will develop and analyze the technical matters, such as standards, that are helpful in supporting the creation and implementation of sound policy.  No background in law, policy, or ethics is necessary and this position will focus on technical design, validation and other similar matters.   There will be opportunities to collaborate with ethical tech law and policy experts. 

The Duke Initiative for Science & Society:  

The Duke Initiative for Science & Society is an interdisciplinary initiative that examines the wide-ranging and integral role of science in social institutions and culture. Science & Society integrates and fosters innovation in related research, education, and engagement at Duke by adopting a pluralistic approach to understanding how science and human endeavors intersect with a specific focus on ethical, legal, and social implications for science. For more information, visit our website at http://www.scienceandsociety.duke.edu .   

The Fellowship: 

The Ethical Technology Fellowship is a residential fellowship that provides an opportunity to become involved in the activities of Pratt School of Engineering, Science & Society, Duke Law School, the Sanford School of Public Policy, and Duke University, while pursuing independent scholarship at the intersection of technology, law and policy. Candidates are offered a one-year position, with a possibility of renewal for a second one-year position.  Fellows are provided with office space, a competitive stipend, and benefits. Applicants should have a doctoral level degree in a relevant area to the Fellowship responsibilities listed below. The fellowship will be overseen by Pratt Engineering Professor, Michael Zavlanos and Lee Tiedrich, the Distinguished Faculty Fellow in Ethical Technology.

Fellowship Responsibilities: 

This Fellowship will study and report on data governance and risk management and impact assessments for artificial intelligence.   Research topics will likely include the following:

·         Designing and evaluating metrics for AI impact assessments, including how relevant impacts should be designed and measured, how results can be reported and shared, how frequently impact assessments should be conducted, and techniques for mitigating materially adverse impacts;

·         Designing and evaluating practices for data governance and enhancing data quality and interoperability, including methodologies for tracking data provenance and lineage and improving traceability, methods for measuring and reporting on data quality, and evaluating how to leverage synthetic data and possibly other advanced data techniques to improve data quality and to report on such efforts in a data governance model; and

·         Helping develop a data commons that will provide a platform for testing impact assessments, risk management, and data governance methodologies.

The successful candidate should have strong writing and communications skills and enjoy collaborating with experts, including in other disciplines, such as law and policy. 


Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

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