Lead Research Scholar, Global Programs
AI Now is seeking a full-time Lead Research Scholar to develop and expand AI Now’s global research, programs and partnerships. As part of this role, you will work closely with AI Now’s Director of Global Policy & Programs to design and implement the strategy, partnerships, and funding for research and policy work on the global political economy and social impacts of AI.
ROLE AND EXPECTATIONS
The Lead Research Scholar will work closely with AI Now’s Director of Global Programs to design, implement, and manage the strategy, partnerships, and funding for research in this area.
The scope of this position includes:
● Build out AI Now’s international research agenda and programs, especially as it relates to the political economy of AI, global surveillance supply chains, and AI and inequality outside of the US with a particular focus on East Asia/China. This would include research and writing for various academic and policy publications as appropriate, and assisting with recruitment and team-building.
● Build and maintain collaborations and research agendas between various scholarly, technology, policy, and social justice communities, particularly internationally, to inform and amplify our collective impact.
● Grow and coordinate AI Now’s global network of researchers, advocates, policymakers and other experts who can provide insight and assistance to affected communities. As part of this work, you will likely organize internal and external working groups and gatherings on these topics and work to increase knowledge transfer across this network.
● Engage community groups to help ensure AI Now’s research agenda and initiatives reflect the questions and concerns of those most affected by the harmful impacts of these technologies. This could include organizing workshops or working groups and other gatherings on these topics and sharing AI Now’s latest research as a resource and gathering feedback.
● Monitor key outputs and developments in research, industry, and government, particularly on developments outside of the US, to synthesize and share internally across AI Now.
● Educate the public on these topics, through public engagement materials and events (e.g. blog posts, infographics, briefing papers, short explainer documents, reports, speaking engagements, etc.)
● Cultivate and steward funding opportunities and relationships, especially for global programs. This work includes leading meetings, drafting proposals, presenting research outputs and other results, developing grant reports, and managing existing funder relationships.
Annual salary is commensurate with experience. Additionally, we offer a competitive benefits package through New York University, including health coverage, dental and vision plans, and retirement, as well as generous paid time off and supportive parental leave policies.
This is a full-time position for a one year period, with the possibility to extend.
We will be looking for the following:
● You are driven by meaningful, interdisciplinary work and aligned with AI Now’s mission.
● You have extensive experience conducting research in East Asia/China.
● You have demonstrated experience working internationally at the intersection of technology, policy, and accountability frameworks. Some research and work experience outside of the United States is required. Fluency in Mandarin strongly preferred.
● You have at least 5+ years of relevant professional and research experience; PhD or advanced degree strongly preferred.
● You can draw from a pre-existing international network of stakeholders across civil society, academia, policy, industry, and news media to expand AI Now’s global reach.
● You have a proven ability to develop and implement strategic programs or initiatives; you enjoy giving form to a new idea and devising creative plans for bringing it to life; you work to get input from and create alignment across teams and diverse stakeholders.
● You have experience ideating and managing complex projects and are energized by creating systems and best practices for staying organized and on track.
● You have strong written and verbal communication skills. Experience with presenting research to a variety of audiences and with developing individual research projects into multiple final products (e.g., peer-reviewed journal articles, policy reports) required.