The AI Assessment project at Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET) is currently seeking Research Fellow candidates to focus on AI Assessment (formerly Standards and Testing) and its impact on US policy, national security, and society. Many current and trending AI issues are covered by this area of research, including standards, testing, evaluation, safety, auditing, ethical AI, responsible AI, and trustworthiness. The commonality of these trending AI issues is that they seek to balance the tremendous opportunity that AI systems have to provide, with the need to develop and deploy AI systems in a manner that ensures they operate as intended while minimizing harm.
As a Research Fellow in AI Assessment you will have an opportunity to shape national and international discussion and policy. CSET Research Fellows have a history of directly impacting national security and tech policy discussions. Their expertises and analyses are sought by policy makers, national agencies, and congressional committees. Additionally, CSET Research Fellows frequently interact with international organizations, act as a connector between industry and government, and serve as subject matter experts for the media.
AI Assessment is a young field of expertise that is quickly expanding as governments and companies recognize the need for AI assessment, standards, testing, and best practices. Thus, this position is a good opportunity for someone interested in pivoting into a new career area and/or those looking to develop expertise in a rapidly growing field. Recognizing AI Assessment is a budding field, we encourage anyone who is eager about the topic to submit an application, even those who are unsure of their candidacy. Examples of the type of work the AI Assessment line of research produces include this Data Brief on AI safety and this Analysis on securing machine learning supply chains.
CSET Research Fellows apply their varied experience and expertise to challenging policy questions at the intersection of national security and emerging technology. Comfortable working with empirical data and evidence to support policy recommendations, Research Fellows are expected to lead research projects, brief policymakers, participate in public events, and manage and mentor CSET’s Research Analysts, Research Assistants, and student affiliates. They are also expected to work closely with CSET’s data scientists to conduct empirical analyses. Generally, Research Fellows are less than 10 years out of graduate school (MA, PhD or JD) programs and are encouraged to enter public service at the conclusion of their fellowship.
The AI Assessment work at CSET covers a diverse range of topics and disciplines. As such, we are not looking for a candidate that has experience across all applicable areas. Instead, we are seeking a candidate that is strong in a subset of topics and disciplines. Thus, a strong candidate will have expertise in at least 1 of the 5 items of the below items, along with a strong willingness to develop skills in the other areas:
- Ability to understand technical literature, perform research, and produce documents with policy-relevant insights.
- An understanding of the current status, discussions, and issues surrounding AI assessment, standards, or testing. Including the varying perspectives of different groups (e.g., commercial, government, public, domestic, or international organizations)
- In depth knowledge of Defense or Security goals and needs, along with an understanding of how the relevant government agencies operate.
- Experience coding and developing ML or AI algorithms, with an ability to understand the current state of the art of ML algorithms and be able to digest the relevant literature
- Experience developing test metrics, designs, and plans. This should include an understanding of approaches for ensuring test sufficiency and improving efficiency. Experience does not need to be specifically with ML/AI systems.
As AI Assessment Research Fellow, you will report to a Senior Fellow and be responsible for:
- Developing, proposing, and leading research projects related to the Center’s mission, both individually and in collaboration with other Research Fellows, Research Analysts, Data Scientists, and Center leadership
- Producing written publications, both individually and as a coauthor
- Supervising and mentoring Research Analysts, Research Assistants, and student affiliates
- Developing and delivering presentations and briefs for policy-making audiences on topics related to AI assessment, standards, and testing
- Monitoring trends and developments in AI assessment, standards, and testing around community best practices, emerging capabilities, and both national and international policy
- Contributing to CSET’s organizational development, including contributing to internal working groups, seminars, and discussions; and supporting and mentoring colleagues
- Graduate (Master’s, JD, PhD) degree in relevant field
- At least 3 years of progressive experience in AI, policy, defense, research, analysis, or testing, including familiarity with interpreting and visualizing data
- Ability to conduct research, write, and manage others with limited need for supervision
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Excellent problem-solving and critical thinking skills
- Curiosity and enthusiasm
- Collaborative attitude; demonstrated ability to work in teams
- Project or team management experience
- Proficiency with office productivity tools like Google Docs and Microsoft Office
Are you interested in contributing to the AII Assessment line of research, but not sure if you’re qualified for this specific role? Submit an application anyway! Please just be sure to mention this in your cover letter.
This position is based in the United States and offers no relocation assistance. This position is not eligible for a specialty-occupation sponsorship and, accordingly, this position requires that all applicants be legally eligible to work in the United States without sponsorship from Georgetown University.
In general, CSET Research Fellows earn between $75,000 and $125,000 annually, commensurate with experience.
Attend our Research Fellow Hiring Info Session on Thursday, August 4th at 2pm ET to learn more about our open positions and the application process, followed by a short Q&A with current Research Fellows. You can also consult our Research Fellow hiring FAQ document here for answers to questions.
PLEASE NOTE: A complete application must include the following:
- Cover Letter that addresses the following questions:
- Why are you applying to this position?
- What opportunities and/or barriers to the responsible application of emerging technologies to national security are you most interested in researching and why?
- Writing Samples: Please provide two writing samples. Ideally these samples would be policy-oriented research and sole-authored, but any self-selected writing sample of at least two pages (e.g., class paper, prior project work, etc.) is acceptable.
APPLY HERE by Monday, August 15th, 2022.
CSET’s Commitment to Fellows:
As part of CSET’s mission to develop the next generation of decision-makers, Research Fellows will have opportunities to lead significant research projects, manage teams, brief government officials; interact with the media; collaborate with internal and external research partners; engage with policymakers and other stakeholders in government and the private sector; and contribute meaningfully to CSET’s research agenda and development as an organization. Research Fellows gain exposure to government and other public service career options; and develop people management competencies. CSET is dedicated to providing full support to our staff through tailored professional development opportunities, flexible work arrangements and career coaching.
Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.