Assistant Professor Explainable AI for an inclusive Society
The section Communication Science of the Technology, Human and Institutional Behaviour (HIB)-department has a mission to empower humans and organizations in our high-tech digital society. Scholars in the department focus on research and education that connects people through technology and people with technology in order to bring forth a resilient, sustainable and inclusive society. Are you a scholar who wants to play to the strengths of artificial intelligence?
The section Communication Science of the Technology, Human and Institutional Behaviour (HIB)-department has a mission to empower humans and organizations in our high-tech digital society. Scholars in the department focus on research and education that connects people through technology and people with technology in order to bring forth a resilient, sustainable and inclusive society. Are you a scholar who wants to play to the strengths of artificial intelligence? Although AI has been around for a while, there is a lack of research attention for how interactions between AI and users should be conceptualized and designed in order to support people when dealing with AI. We are seeking a scholar that considers key issues such as the understanding, reliability and transparency of AI-user communication, including values such as inclusiveness (e.g. required digital skills, how to ensure everybody benefits), autonomy (i.e., how to give people a voice in AI-based decision making), privacy or expert knowledge. These and related challenges take center stage in the emerging field of XAI (Explainable Artificial Intelligence). If you would like to contribute and shape developments in this field and better understand under what conditions XAI actually supports people, you might consider applying for becoming part of the only communication science group that really studies and teaches communication in the context of our high-tech digital global society.
You will be teaching in the top ranked bachelor’s and master’s programmes of Communication Science. For instance, in the bachelor’s programme you will contribute to modules in the ‘digital society’ track; in the master’s programme you will teach and design a course closely related to your research expertise. All teaching will be in English. We encourage you to develop a productive and viable research line and play an active role in the acquisition of research funding. You will contribute to our interdisciplinary research domains of resilience, emerging technologies and societal transformations, or health in the Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences (BMS).
Information and application
Are you interested in this position? Please submit your application until August 31th, 2022, by using the ‘Apply now' button and include your full cv, along with the names of two references.
For more information, please contact prof. dr. Alexander van Deursen (e-mail: email@example.com). For information about the selection procedure, please contact Karen Geerdink, HR advisor, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the department
Many of the major societal challenges of our current and future world - such as transitions in health care, building capacity for resilience and risk-management, creating inclusive and sustainable, safe communities—warrant a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to technological innovations. The department Technology, Human and Institutional Behaviour (HIB) at the University of Twente (The Netherlands) comprises expertise in psychology, communication science and public administration and aims to integrate individual, (inter)organizational, institutional, and societal perspectives on technologies of behaviour change. In addition, innovative technologies are increasingly used to understand human behaviour in our rapidly digitalizing world. The HIB-department is committed to designing, evaluating, implementing and teaching about comprehensive technology-based solutions supporting people in behaviour that promotes their health, safety, resilience, connectedness and joy.
More information about the department HIB can be found on the following website:
The section of Communication Science
More information about the departmental section Communication Science can be found on the following website: https://www.utwente.nl/en/bms/cs/
About the organization
The Faculty of Behavioral, Management and Social sciences (BMS) aims to play a key role in understanding, jointly developing and evaluating innovations in society. Technological developments are the engine of innovation. As a technical university that puts people first, we tailor them to human needs and behavior and use social engineering to integrate them into society. We also ensure adequate governance at public and private level, and robust, inclusive and fair organizational structures. We do this by developing, sharing and applying high-quality knowledge in Psychology, Business Administration, Public Administration, Communication Sciences, Philosophy, Educational Sciences and Health Sciences. Our research and education in these disciplines revolves around tackling and solving societal challenges. The research programs of BMS are closely linked to the research of the UT institutes Mesa+ Institute for Nanotechnology, TechMed Center and Digital Society Institute.
As an employer, the Faculty of BMS offers work that matters. We equip you to create new possibilities for yourself and for our society. With us, you will become part of a leading technical university with increasing, positive social impact. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial atmosphere, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example through our flexible, adaptable benefits.