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Research Associate, BIAS

Management Science
Salary:   £28,331 to £32,817
Closing Date:   Monday 24 February 2020
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  A2950

BIAS is an interdisciplinary research project funded as part of the Canada-UK Artificial Intelligence Initiative (UK & Canadian funding agencies) to improve scientific understanding of gender and ethnic biases in the increasingly digitalised and AI-driven labour market processes of job advertising, hiring and professional networking; and developing insights into how such biases and attendant inequalities may be mitigated. Through collaboration with academics from the disciplines of Organisational Management, Sociology, Computer Science and Data Science, and with industry partners in the area of AI protocol development, these insights will drive the development of a new Responsible AI Development Protocol. The post is advertised for 12 months. The academic partners in the project are Lancaster University (lead institution), Essex University (UK), and Alberta University (Canada).

We seek to recruit one post-doctoral researcher (RA) with ambition, potential and determination. You should have a PhD in Data Science or related areas. This is a great opportunity to build a leading interdisciplinary research profile and develop experience in a cutting-edge and highly topical area that is critical to both science and policy. 

The main activities will include:

  1. Research: Conducting data and text mining on structured and unstructured data from designated sources and applying appropriate techniques. Conducting systematic literature review in the area of artificial intelligence and ethical algorithm development. Synthesizing, visualizing and writing up results from quantitative data analysis. 
  2. Project participation and coordination: Participating in regular project meetings with the interdisciplinary project team in the UK (Lancaster and Essex) and Canada (Alberta) as needed.
  3. Academic dissemination: Synthesis of research findings, preparing conference presentations / papers, and presenting these outputs at national and international conferences, workshops and events. Writing up research reports and drafting peer reviewed academic publications. 
  4. Impact dissemination: Writing up policy / media briefs for a non-academic audience. Co-organising outreach and stakeholder engagement events.

The position will be based in Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) - https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/lums/ . LUMS is an international centre of excellence in management research. It was ranked 1st in the UK in terms of “research power” and “research environment” research by the UK government’s REF2014 evaluation. It offers a stimulating interdisciplinary research environment that includes enormous opportunities to engage with industry and policy via interdisciplinary research centres - https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/lums/research/areas-of-expertise/centre-for-technological-futures/. It offers an inclusive environment for career development. We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis, as well as the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research

Likely interview date will be end of February or early March and will be conducted by video if necessary.  The panel will aim to be in touch with candidates as quickly as possible after the closing date

For informal enquires, please contact Professor Monideepa Tarafdar (m.tarafdar@lancaster.ac.uk), Dr. Yang Hu (yang.hu@lancaster.ac.uk) or Dr. Bran Knowles (b.h.knowles1@lancaster.ac.uk).

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