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Technology Ethics & Policy Rising Scholars Program Research Fellows

Stanford University

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Technology Ethics & Policy Rising Scholars Program Research Fellows

The School of Humanities and Sciences (H&S) is the foundation of a liberal arts education at Stanford. The school encompasses 23 departments and 25 interdisciplinary programs. H&S is home to fundamental and applied research, where free, open, and critical inquiry is pursued across disciplines. As the university’s largest school, H&S serves as the foundation of a Stanford undergraduate education no matter which discipline students pursue as a major. Graduate students work alongside world-renowned faculty to pursue and shape foundational research that leads to breakthroughs and discoveries that shed new light on the past, influence the present, and shape the future. Together, faculty and students in H&S engage in inspirational teaching, learning, and research every day.

Department/Program Description: The McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society (Ethics Center) is committed to bringing ethical reflection to bear on important social problems through research, teaching, and community engagement. To expand research and career opportunities at the intersection of ethics and technology, the Ethics Center is launching a new Technology Ethics and Policy (TEP) Rising Scholars Program and hiring the inaugural class of Research Fellows for this program.

The TEP Rising Scholars program aims to bring early-career scholars who have a bachelor’s degree and an interest in issues at the intersection of ethics, policy, society, and technology into full-time research positions at Stanford University. The goal of the program is to serve as a bridge into long-term careers in ethics, technology, and policy. Successful outcomes for participants include going on to competitive graduate programs in related fields or into impactful jobs in government, the private sector, or civil society.

Position Summary: The TEP Rising Scholars Program is seeking Research Fellows to participate in our inaugural 2023-2024 cohort. Ideal candidates will have excellent analytical and organizational skills and outstanding academic credentials to support research, teaching, and administrative activities at the Ethics Center or one of the centers partnering on the TEP Rising Scholars Program—the Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI) and the Cyber Policy Center (CPC).

The position involves overseeing and contributing to multiple research initiatives at the intersection of ethics, policy, and technology, including (1) drafting reports, conducting literature reviews, and leading the preparation of research memos (2) collecting and analyzing research data (3) organizing and convening research workshops/symposia with faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students (4) leading and organizing public events at which research is discussed and presented. Additionally, the Research Fellows will also assist with a range of essential programmatic needs, including (1) managing a variety of outreach and

communication activities to promote research initiatives (2) drafting grant proposals for funding and (3) providing administrative support for research, teaching, and policy activities.

Research Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in the intellectual community of Ethics in Society, HAI, and the CPC, including auditing courses, attending workshops and conferences, and being mentored by prominent scholars in their fields.

This is a 100% FTE, one-year fixed term, non-exempt position. This position will be based on the Stanford campus and will be considered for an option of telecommuting (hybrid of working on-site and off-site), subject to operational need. Ideally, selected candidates will begin in September 2023. Up to four positions are available.

How to Apply

We invite you to apply for this position by clicking on the “Apply for Job” button.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. To be considered, along with your online application, you must submit:

1) Resume/CV

2) 2-page cover letter describing how your academic, personal, and/or professional experiences have prepared you for this position and how the TEP Rising Scholars Program will contribute to your career development. Applicants are encouraged to include reference to related courses, research, or other experiences that may have prepared them for the program.

If you believe that this opportunity is a match for your knowledge, skills and abilities, we encourage you to apply. Thank you for considering employment opportunities with the School of Humanities and Sciences.


● Plan and perform research tasks requiring initiative and judgment by applying basic knowledge and understanding of scientific theory when precedents do not provide specific guidance. General instruction provided by the supervisor as needed. May interpret study results in collaboration with supervisor or PI.

● Participate in the development and administration of survey instruments and rating scales requiring judgment in applying non-routine procedures. Analyze and summarize results for review with supervisor. Audit the accuracy and validity of data

● Review and audit case report forms for completion and accuracy with source documents and ensure compliance with research protocols.

● Identify, select, extract, and summarize data and structured information. Present summary of findings to supervisor.

● Conduct literature searches, and write literature summaries and manuscripts, requiring preliminary judgments after the supervisor outlines conceptual approach.

● Build and organize data as requested by principal investigator or supervisor; use common statistical programs requiring the application of job control language in generating and organizing data.

● Adapt new, nonstandard methods outlined by supervisor in designing and evaluating phases of research projects, (i.e., educational materials, questionnaires, strategies for recruitment, data quality control procedures and processes). May follow up with Institutional Review Board (IRB) to ensure renewals are approved and completed, seeking guidance where necessary.

● Assist with development, communication, and design of research findings to internal and external audiences, which may include web updates, social media, and/or white papers, for use in recruitment, educational, or awareness of programs, with guidance from supervisor.

● May orient and train new staff or students.

* Other duties may also be assigned.


Bachelor's degree in a field or combination of fields such as computer science, philosophy, data science, sociology, science & technology studies, political science, psychology, public policy, history, communication, and other related disciplines.


● General understanding of scientific theory and methods, typically gained through completion of an undergraduate degree in a related field.

● General computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs.

● Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance.

● Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to complete detailed work accurately.

● Effective oral and written communication skills.

● Ability to work with human study participants.

In addition, preferred requirements include:

· Passion for investigating issues at the intersection of ethics, technology, society, and policy.


· May be required to work non-standard, extended or weekend hours in support of research work.

The expected pay range for this position is $53,000 to $76,000 per annum.

Stanford University provides pay ranges representing its good faith estimate of what the university reasonably expects to pay for a position. The pay offered to a selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the

position, the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal equity, geographic location and external market pay for comparable jobs.

At Stanford University, base pay represents only one aspect of the comprehensive rewards package. The Cardinal at Work website (https://cardinalatwork.stanford.edu/benefits-rewards) provides detailed information on Stanford’s extensive range of benefits and rewards offered to employees. Specifics about the rewards package for this position may be discussed during the hiring process.

Why Stanford is for You

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

● Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.

● A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.

● A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.

● Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.

● Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classifications and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of their job.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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