Assistant/Associate Professor Position in Governance of Autonomous Systems & Artificial

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Job # 075488 Job Title Assistant/Associate Professor Position in Governance of Autonomous Systems & Artificial Intelligence Location Syracuse, New York Pay Range Commensurate w/ Experience FLSA Status Exempt Hours

determined by department/chair

Job Type Full-time Rank Assistant Campus Syracuse, NY Unionized Position Code Not Applicable Job Description

The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, seeks to hire a social scientist with expertise in regulatory policy design, regulatory policy processes, and/or risk regulation as related to emerging technologies. We are specifically interested in candidates with demonstrated research interests in regulation and/or risk governance relating to the use and societal impacts of autonomous systems, such as driverless vehicles and unmanned aerial vehicles, artificial intelligence (AI), and autonomous decision making. Research interests could include, among others: governance of the development and use of autonomous systems/AI, analysis of societal risks posed by public and private applications of autonomous systems/AI, design and analysis of regulatory policies for managing risks associated with applications of autonomous systems/AI, design and evaluation of performance standards by which autonomous systems/AI are regulated, and regulation of human control over autonomous systems/AI.
The position is at the rank of assistant or associate professor and will be in the Department of Public Administration and International Affairs, situated within the Maxwell School. The Maxwell School is ranked #1 in the nation for graduate education in public affairs, according to the 2021 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools, and home to the social science disciplines at Syracuse University.


It is expected that candidates for this position will have doctoral training in public policy, public administration, political science, economics, sociology, and related interdisciplinary programs. We seek candidates whose research, teaching, service, or lived experiences have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our work with students, colleagues, and wider communities.

Job Specific Qualifications Responsibilities

The faculty member hired into this position will be affiliated with the Autonomous Systems Policy Institute ( ASPI ), which is housed in the Maxwell School and centers on interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching related to the design, policy, and social implications of autonomous systems. Faculty will also have the opportunity to affiliate with other interdisciplinary research institutes and centers within the Maxwell School and across Syracuse University. This position will be part of an ambitious Invest Syracuse Cluster Hire Initiative in the area of Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems, providing exciting opportunities for collaboration in teaching and research in an organized cluster that spans multiple departments in the Maxwell School, the College of Law, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, and the School of Information Studies.

Physical Requirements Tools/Equipment Application Instructions

In addition to completing an online application, please attach a curriculum vitae and cover letter.
Applications will be reviewed as they arrive with full consideration given to those received by Jan 31, 2021. However, the department will continue to consider applications until this position is filled.

About Syracuse University

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Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

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Quick Link Job Posting Date 12/15/2020 Application Deadline Open Until Filled Yes Priority Consideration 01/31/2021 Job Category Faculty Message to Applicants

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