Are you interested in doing research on the interplay between AI and politics, and its societal consequences? Do you want to be part of a new Research Priority Area and work in an interdisciplinary team?
We are seeking for two ambitious postdoctoral researchers for the new, interdisciplinary Research Priority Area AI & Politics. As artificial intelligence (AI) diffuses through our lives, it reconfigures central aspects of politics and society as we know it. It affects political deliberation as well as how and to whom public services are delivered. It also transforms political issues into technical problems to be solved through private means, thus replacing or democratic institutions with private interests. Fuelled by rapidly expanding automated data collection, AI is an influential tool in the hands of the powerful, while also opening novel avenues for resistance.
The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences launches a Research Priority Area in 'AI & Politics' that will stimulate the interdisciplinary research in this field for a period of five years. The leading question for this RPA is: how does AI change contemporary politics, broadly conceived, and how is AI development and application itself shaped by political dynamics? The core team of the RPA currently consists of Claes de Vreese, Daniel Mügge, Hilde Voorveld, Theo Araujo, Petter Törnberg, and Marie Rosenkrantz Lindegaard. The postdoctoral researchers will be part of
the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) or the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR)
, depending on the profile of the candidate.What are you going to do?
The overall aim of the RPA is to strengthen and fuse the expertise of the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences about the interplay between AI and politics, and its societal consequences. This RPA embraces a broad definition of politics, spanning both formal and informal dynamics through which societal challenges and conflicts are processed in a variety of contexts. As a postdoctoral researcher you will play a key role in reaching these aims by conducting a research project on AI & Politics that focuses on at least one of the four dimensions in which AI challenges traditional political dynamics:
- Investigating the impact of AI on politics
- The politics of AI governance
- How does (largely private) AI do traditional administrative “political” jobs
- When, how and why is the use of AI politicized?
More extensive descriptions of these themes and potential topics and research questions can be found here: Artificial Intelligence & Politics - University of Amsterdam (uva.nl)
This position gives you the possibility to shape your own research project within one of the four dimensions within the theme of AI & Politics.
Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):
- Developing, conducting, and publishing empirical research on AI & Politics, and its societal consequences
- Presenting your work at (inter)national conferences
- Writing white papers and blog posts aiming to disseminate academic knowledge among relevant stakeholders outside academia;
- Contributing to the overall RPA AI & Politics program in terms of community building, events, research meetings, and activities;
- Helping to write grant-proposals;
- Note: There may be a possibility to be involved in teaching if the candidate would prefer this.