A PhD student position in AI (including chat-bots and large language models) and Democracy

University of Zurich
June 11, 2023
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Dynamic and Distributed Information System (DDIS) Group

A PhD student position in AI (including chat-bots and large language

models) and Democracy 80-100 %

Are you interested in inventing new AIs that will help change how democracy work? Do you want to democratize politics with chat-bots and large language models? Are you interested in developing AIs that can do good in our society? Then this position is for you.

Your responsibilities

The Dynamic and Distributed Information Systems Group at the University of Zurich is looking for motivated applicants who are interested in investigating how AIs can interact with users to help large-scale participation in democratic processes. You will work the context of a new SNSF interdisciplinary project that will investigate how to use AI in direct democracy. The project includes user experiments of AI support in the context of real-world democratic processes. The project includes 8 PhD students – three of which in CS/CSCW/AI, two in political science, and two in law – as well as a post-doc and faculty members form these disciplines.

Your profile
  • MSc in Computer Science or a related discipline (such as information systems or humancomputer interaction); the degree should be attained by the time you start the position
  • A passion for discovering new things
  • Interest in both the technical and HCI aspects of conversational agents
  • Experience in the areas of AI, semantic web technologies, machine learning, and/or behavioral analyses such as running experiments with human subjects or surveys are considered a plus but are not strictly necessary
  • What we offer
  • A highly exciting, timely, and societally important as well as meaningful research topic in thefield of a fast evolving research field (AI support)
  • A diverse and multi-disciplinary research group of highly motivated colleagues who are passionate about topics at the intersection of computer science, AI, and social science
  • Strong support for your professional/career development
  • Attractive work environment both within the research group and beyond: the University of Zurich is one of Switzerland's leading universities in the middle of a vibrant, cosmopolitan city that regularly ranks as one of the cities with the highest quality of life in the world.
  • Generous support for professional travel and research needs
  • Place of work

    Institut für Informatik Universität Zürich, Universität Zürich-Nord, Binzmühlestrasse, Zürich, Switzerland

    Start of employment

    Employment start date to be mutually agreed.

    To apply, please gather your curriculum vitae, all grade transcripts, selected publications (if available), a list of at least three references, and your BSc/MSc theses as PDF files.

    Note that we will evaluate appliations on a roling basis. So applying as soon as possible is advatagous.

    The University of Zurich is committed to enhancing the number of women in scientific positions and, therefore, particularly invites women to apply. Women who are as qualified for the position in question as male applicants will be given priority.

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