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«A place where knowledge is created» - As one of Europe's leading universities of economics and business administration, the University of St.Gallen (HSG), Switzerland, is committed to the education of over 8500 students and is one of the largest employers in the region, providing around 3100 employees with an attractive and innovative environment for research.
For a new project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation – National Research Programme 77 'Digital Transformation' we are filling the position of a
researcher (PhD level) in law
The project investigates control over autonomous systems (artificial intelligence, machine learning systems) by empirical means. The aim is to align the human psychological condition with the requirements of the law. The project has an important practical component, involving cooperation with government, industry, and NGOs. The project team includes experimental philosophers at University of Zurich (Markus Christen and Markus Kneer), computer scientists at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (François Fleuret) and lawyers at the University of St. Gallen (Thomas Burri). The PhD student in law will be involved in all aspects of the project, but in particular the student will cover the law and policy aspects of the project.

The PhD student needs to meet the following requirements
  • hold a master degree in law or an affiliated discipline, such as international affairs (the award of a master degree in the very near future may also suffice)
  • basically qualify for PhD studies at the home university
  • be fully fluent in English (project language)
  • have experience or be demonstrably interested in interdisciplinary studies
  • be able to work in a multi-disciplinary, international Environment
  • be ready to enrol in and undertake PhD studies at the University of St. Gallen, incl. inter alia payment of term tuiton fees
  • be ready to travel occasionally on behalf of the project (to scientific conferences, etc.)
  • if from outside the European Union/Switzerland: be eligible for visa/work permit for Switzerland
Most importantly, we expect the candidate to be open-minded towards other disciplines, quick and highly engaged in taking up new methods of research (in particular, in experimental research and statistics), and ready to help with the practicalities of the project.

Will be considered an asset
  • the candidate's contribution to the team in terms of diversity
  • relevant work experience and/or experience from studies abroad
  • programming skills
We offer
  • fixed term employment at the University of St. Gallen for a maximum of three years (not extendable)
  • a competitive salary (SNF salary for PhD students ranges from CHF 47'040.- to CHF 50'040, gross wage, i.e. before social security and tax deductions)
  • flexibility with regard to work location
  • the possibility to work in an interdisciplinary team for a unique project and acquire qualifications that will be crucial in the employment market of the future
Candidates should submit their application by 23 March 2020 to Thomas Burri at (CV, no photo, cover letter, study transcripts, if possible a list with contact details of 1-3 referees, no full letters of reference), for further details see, publications on SSRN; in case of questions please contact Thomas Burri via e-mail. Other positions in the project (experimental philosophy and computer science) will be advertised separately. The project is scheduled to begin in April 2020, but the beginning of the employment of the researcher is flexible.
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