DLI Postdoctoral Fellowships 

DLI Postdoctoral Fellows

The Digital Life Initiative (DLI) invites applications for its 2020 postdoctoral research fellowship supporting research in ethics, politics, and quality of life in digital societies, on topical issues such as algorithmic decision systems, bias and unfair discrimination, privacy, AI and ethics, and civil society. We welcome applicants from wide-ranging disciplines -- computer and information sciences, law, philosophy, data science, media studies, public policy, and social sciences. For one of the positions, demonstrated interest in contextual integrity is a plus. 


Fellows join an exciting, collaborative research community from the US and around the globe, and are encouraged to work with DLI faculty: Helen Nissenbaum (Faculty Director), Deborah Estrin, James Grimmelmann, Karen Levy, Vitaly Shmatikov, and others, as well as other Cornell Tech faculty. Beyond Cornell Tech, New York City offers unprecedented opportunities to engage with colleagues and institutions.


Qualifications and Expectations

Eligible candidates will have received their PhD within the past four years. JDs, JSDs, LLMs, and MDs are also eligible. The initial appointment is for one year, renewable depending on fit and available funding.


Fellows are expected to reside in the New York City area and participate actively in the intellectual life of Cornell Tech and the Digital Life Initiative. In addition to pursuing research, Fellows play a crucial role in enriching the DLI with workshops, conferences, and seminars; contributing to the DLI Critical Reflections publication, and presenting their work at the DLI Seminar and other public and internal forums.There may also be teaching opportunities. Particulars will be determined by mutual agreement. 


About the Digital Life Initiative


Embedded within the progressive teaching mission of Cornell Tech on Roosevelt Island in New York City, the Digital Life Initiative was launched in 2017 to analyze the societal tensions arising from existing and emergent digital technologies. Inspired by the core values of justice, democracy, privacy, responsibility, security, and freedom, we support collaborative research projects that explore ethics, policy, politics and quality of life within prevailing socio-technical systems. Cornell Tech and the Digital Life Initiative offer unique contexts for close interdisciplinary collaboration, particularly those bridging the technical and the non-technical. To learn more, visit http://tech.cornell.edu/.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage.  We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.


Application Instructions


Positions are set to begin on August 20, 2020. Applications will be evaluated starting Monday, January 6, and reviewed until positions are filled. To apply, please submit your information via our online form, including the following materials:

1.      A cover letter explaining your research interests and how your work connects to the Digital Life Initiative.

2.      A current curriculum vitae.

3.      Two publications or substantial drafts of journal articles, essays, or the equivalent.

4.      Names and contact information for three recommenders.


Applicants who have not yet received a PhD, should request a letter from their dissertation chairs confirming that the degree will be in hand before the beginning of the Fellowship term.

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