JOB: A PhD SCHOLARSHIP: ETHICS OF BRAIN-COMPUTER INTERFACES. UNIVERSITY OF TASMANIA
A PhD scholarship opportunity related to the ETHICS OF BRAIN-COMPUTER INTERFACES is available at the University of Tasmania. It is a 3 years PhD research position (remuneration of approximately $27’000 AUD per annum (non-taxable)).
Merging human beings with machines via artificially intelligent brain-computer interfaces is a major scientific achievement of the current decade. It holds the key to countless new therapeutic applications from using thoughts to manoeuvre robotic limbs to controlling psychiatric symptoms. This project aims at exploring, identifying and translating a range of potential postoperative-related vulnerabilities introduced by AI brain-computer interfaces, especially those related to the notion of agency, autonomy, responsibility, estrangement, identity, privacy, and ownership. This project will develop new knowledge around understanding the phenomenology of brain-computer interfaces, but as well harm prevention in the future use of AI applications in medicine, cognitive science and neurology.
Masters or equivalent in a discipline closely related to Neuroethics, AI Ethics, Bioethics, Ethics of Emerging Technologies, Applied Ethics, Medical ethics
CLOSING DATE TO APPLY:
31st October 2019
STARTING DATE: (Negotiable) January 2020 would be appropriated. A later date may be considered, depending on the availability of the candidate.
Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the primary Supervisor Frederic Gilbert. Information and guidance on the application process can be found at:
Further enquiries should be directed to Frederic Gilbert (https://www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/available-phd-projects/phd-projects/arts-law-education/humanities/brain-computer-interfaces-examining-ethical-and-societal-implications
HOW TO APPLY: Applications must be sent by e-mail to Frederic Gilbert. They should include a CV, a list of publications or a writing sample, a brief statement highlighting how you are a suitable applicant for this scholarship and the name of two persons who can act as referees if contacted