Research Associate AI & Geopolitics Project (Fixed term)

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Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

Applications are invited for a Research Associate position on a new Bennett Institute programme, the AI & Geopolitics Project (AIxGEO). This two-year position offers an excellent opportunity for a researcher with a background in relevant disciplines and a keen interest in global AI collaboration and governance to contribute to research at the intersection of artificial intelligence and geopolitics. The successful candidate will also represent the AIxGEO at external events and help to organise workshops and conferences with senior individuals across the AI and geopolitical field. Applications from candidates with backgrounds in any relevant disciplines, with experience in a variety of research methods, are invited.

This post will be located in the Bennett Institute, a major, University-wide interdisciplinary institute housed in the Department of Politics and International Studies and supported by the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences. It is led by its inaugural Director Professor Michael Kenny and Professor Diane Coyle, the Bennett Professor of Public Policy.

The Research Associate will work on the relationship between artificial intelligence and geopolitics. AIxGEO aims - through research, publications and convenings to provide an alternative to the AI arms-race narrative. The initiative will seek to encourage global cooperation in addressing the effects of new AI technologies and advance a rights-based approach to technology and geopolitics. The successful candidate will deliver both academic outputs and policy-relevant outputs and engagement, overseen by Professor Diane Coyle and Project Director Verity Harding. They will actively engage in developing and maintaining partnerships with relevant stakeholders, including policymakers, international organizations, research institutes, and industry experts.

Candidates for the post of Research Associate should normally have a PhD (submitted or nearly submitted at the time of application) in a relevant field and with experience of the methods required for this project. They should provide evidence of potential for research and publication at the highest level, communication skills, and a good understanding of and interest in the policy process.

Further information about the Institute, Department and Faculty can be found at, and

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application, and a recent writing sample (maximum 10,000 words).

The closing date for this post is 11 December 2023. Interviews for shortlisted applicants will be scheduled shortly after the application close date.

We particularly welcome applications from women and/or candidates from a BAME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our department.

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Informal enquiries about the role may be directed to Sarah Rosella or Jane Renouf

Please quote reference UE39410 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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