University of Texas at Austin

Job Title

Good Systems Future of Work Fellow (Postdoctoral Research Fellow)


School of Information


Opening Date: 04/21/2021
Closing Date:  05/03/2021

Job Description

The School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin announces a Postdoctoral Research Fellow opportunity with Good Systems, a UT Grand Challenge. The focus of Good Systems is on the ethics of AI, and specifically, this position will be connected to the Good Systems Research Focus on the Future of Work.

To start on September 1, 2021, this one-year postdoctoral position is renewable for up to two additional years. The salary will be $60,000 per year, plus a standard package of benefits.


Job Duties

The Fellow will be expected to pursue individual research and collaborative research, collecting and analyzing data; writing up results, attending regular meetings, reporting progress to PIs, and helping to supervise and direct GRAs on the collaborative project.

This position will be a 40 hour per week research appointment, with no obligation to teach, although teaching opportunities may be available if desired. In addition to research, the fellow will assist in project-related administration, events, and public communication of results.

We encourage applicants with a PhD or equivalent degrees in information studies, science and technology studies, communication, anthropology, sociology, psychology, human-centered design and engineering, or related areas.


We are seeking applicants with the following qualities:

  • Research interests related to ethics of AI, value-sensitive design, and/or the future of work at the human-technology frontier
  • Experience with qualitative field research, particularly ethnographic interviewing
  • Interest in interdisciplinary research, particularly socio-technical research
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Record of published research
  • Background in productive collaborative research relationships

Applicants should either have completed a doctoral degree within the past three years or be able to convincingly demonstrate that they will complete the degree before they intend to start this post-doctoral fellowship (e.g., by documenting a scheduled defense).

Applicants must be eligible to work in the US and willing to relocate to Austin, Texas.

Supplementation Information

The UT Austin iSchool is a founding member of the international iSchools organization (, and has a long history of interdisciplinary scholarship and research focused on the human, social, cultural, and technical aspects of information. Our program is consistently ranked among the top programs in information internationally. We are a stand-alone school with strong connections across the university and with other institutions nationally and internationally; we are particularly interested in applicants who will further strengthen and extend our collaborative network. We offer an ALA-accredited Master of Science in Information Studies as well as degrees at the undergraduate and PhD levels. Our Master of Science degree in Information Security and Privacy is offered jointly with the UT Center for Identity. For more details on our current degree offerings, see

How to Apply

Apply at

Required materials:

  • Current CV
  • Cover letter of approximately 2-4 pages (1,000 – 2,000 words). Please provide a clear articulation of your fit with the “Making Smart Tools Work for Everyone” project, addressing how your expertise overlaps with, enhances, or expands upon this research agenda.
  • One sample of your writing, preferably a pre- or post-print of a first-authored publication, and
  • Names and contact details of 3 references  

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. We will begin to review applications and interview candidates starting on May 1, 2021.

Please feel free to contact Ken Fleischmann ([email protected]) with any questions about the application process or the position.

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