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[Commlist] Automated Decision-Making and Society, interdisciplinary employment and PhD opportunities, Australia

Tue Oct 20 06:37:24 GMT 2020

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society (ADM+S Centre) is offering the following interdisciplinary employment and PhD opportunities at the University of Melbourne, Melbourne Law School, Australia.

The ADM+S Centre is a new, cross-disciplinary, national research centre, which aims to aims to create the knowledge and strategies necessary for responsible, ethical, and inclusive automated decision-making. The Centre brings together leading researchers in the humanities, media studies, law, social and technological sciences in an international research, industry and civil society network. Its research is structured into four programs—Institutions, Data, People and Technology—and four priority domains for public engagement—news and media, transport, social services and health.

Further Research Fellow positions and PhD scholarships are also available at the ADM+S Centre, see <>


Three postdoctoral Research Fellows are sought to work on these projects:

•             Automated Decision-Making, Democracy and Law (2 year fixed-term contract, 100% FTE). The project examines possibilities for democratic practice and governance given automated decision-making and focuses on challenges to democratic institutions. The project seeks to add civic questions to consideration of the regulation of automated decision-making.

•             Ecological Regulation of Automated Decision-Making (2 year fixed-term contract, 100% FTE). The project examines possibilities for regulating the broader ‘ecological’ impacts of the shift towards data-driven optimisation systems. These impacts include harmful effects on the conditions necessary to sustain and nurture the broader yet often overlooked social and ecological commons upon which flourishing human societies depend.

•             Data Civics, Rights and Ownership for Automated Decision-Making (2 year fixed term contract, 60% FTE). The project examines a range of questions connected to data, its generation, use and regulation, including mapping approaches to automated decision-making; examining automated data collection in pandemic contexts; and analysing automated decision-making with a focus on civic commitments and concerns.

The three projects will involve individual and collaborative work by the Fellows and ADM+S Centre Investigators and the Fellows will collaborate actively with the ADM+S Centre’s national and international network of participants. The Fellows will also have access to the ADM+S Centre’s research training and professional development opportunities, international visiting fellowships and exchanges (travel arrangements permitting), and the ADM+S Centre’s network of industry partners.

The postdoctoral Research Fellows will be awarded starting at Level A.6 in the University Salary Band (currently $93,130 plus 9.5% superannuation).

Enquiries about the projects are welcome and potential applicants can contact Prof Andrew Kenyon at a.kenyon[at]

Applicants should submit the following:

  * A CV
  * A covering letter of no more than 1,500 words that proposes a
    particular study that might be conducted as part of the project and
explaining how your skills and experience would contribute to this study
  * The names and emails of two referees

Applications close: 17 Nov 2020 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

To access position descriptions and application process for Research Fellows, see


Applications are invited from suitably qualified scholars for a PhD scholarship to commence in 2021 to undertake a higher degree by research through the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society at the Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne, Australia. This scholarship is open to both domestic and international students. Interdisciplinary projects are welcome.

The project will be supervised by one or more of the Centre’s investigators at the Melbourne Law School: Dr Jake Goldenfein, Prof Andrew Kenyon, Prof Christine Parker, Prof Megan Richardson, Assoc Prof Andy Roberts. Any PhD proposal that falls within the scope of the ADM+S Centre and its Melbourne Law School investigators will be considered. There are extensive professional development opportunities available to PhD candidates through the ADM+S Centre as well as the Melbourne Law School, with both disciplinary and cross-disciplinary scope.

Stipend and benefits

Scholarship recipients will be awarded benefits in line with the University's Graduate Research Scholarships. An annual stipend of AUD $31,200 (tax free), and will be eligible to apply for up to AUD $4,000 project funding over the course of their candidature for approved travel, fieldwork and conference attendance. The scholarship is available for a maximum period of 3.5 years, with no further extensions possible.


Eligible applicants must:

  * have completed tertiary studies that are at least equivalent to a
    4-year honours degree with a minimum result equivalent to a first
    class Honours (80%) or an equivalent level of academic attainment as
    demonstrated by a high 2A undergraduate degree combined with
    relevant work experience, research publications, referees’ reports
    or other research experience.
  * be available to undertake research full-time in Melbourne.
  * have not completed a PhD previously.
  * be able to commence their PhD prior to 15 December 2021.
  * must comply with the University's minimum entry requirements
    including English language requirements.

If you have queries, please contact Prof Andrew Kenyon, a.kenyon[at]

To access further information and application process for the PhD Scholarship, see

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