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The Institute of Philosophy (part of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences) at the University of Luxembourg seeks applications for a four-year (48 months) position as a doctoral student. The position is part of the FNR funded project ‘The Epistemology of AI systems' (C22/SC/17111440) starting on September 1st, 2023. The PI for the project is Thomas Raleigh (Associate Professor of Philosophy) and the Co-PI is Leon Van Der Torre (Professor of Computer Science). The Post-Doc for the project will be Dr Aleks Knoks. The specific focus for the PhD position is envisaged to be the topic of Testimony and AI, though there will be some scope for flexibility concerning the PhD topic so long as it fits with the themes of the project.
The overall aim of the project is to apply philosophical concepts and tools from recent work in philosophy of science and social epistemology to investigate how to rationally use and respond to AI technology and what to do to improve human-machine interactions from an epistemic point of view. We will focus in particular on questions concerning understanding ‘opaque' AI systems using simplified explanatory models, trusting AI-generated testimony, conditions under which (opaque) AI systems are epistemically authoritative and how their authority differs from the authority of human experts.Your Role...
The doctoral candidate will be a member of the Department of Humanities / Institute of Philosophy. S/he will work under the supervision of Associate Prof. Dr Thomas Raleigh and participate in the project “The Epistemology of AI systems”. The primary role for the position will be research on the project's themes that results in a doctoral thesis, as well as help in organizing research activities and workshops arising from the project. There will also be the opportunity to teach.
The yearly gross salary for every PhD at the UL is EUR 38028 (full time)How to apply...
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We ensure a full consideration for applications received by 19 March 2023. Online interviews will be held around the start of April 2023. Please apply formally through the HR system. Applications by email will not be considered.
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