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Facebook Visiting Researcher - Trust in AI (PhD) in Menlo Park, California


Facebook's mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Through our family of apps and services, we're building a different kind of company that connects billions of people around the world, gives them ways to share what matters most to them, and helps bring people closer together. Whether we're creating new products or helping a small business expand its reach, people at Facebook are builders at heart. Our global teams are constantly iterating, solving problems, and working together to empower people around the world to build community and connect in meaningful ways. Together, we can help people build stronger communities - we're just getting started.


The main goal will be to map AI responsibility needs and issues across Facebook. This will leverage Facebook’s current principles, and external considerations around ethics and technology, to apply them to specific Facebook product and technical contexts. This individual will also assist in developing SAIL’s AI responsibility strategy going forward.

Required Skills:

  1. External research to identify precise connections between external AI ethics and policy debates and challenges on internal product teams.

  2. Develop AI responsibility case studies through collaboration between SAIL and individual product teams.

  3. Conduct internal research to gather information and understand how technical choices on product teams relate to high-level ethics decisions in Facebook.

  4. Help develop and hone AI responsibility and policy strategy, including how ethics principles and processes apply to and fare in concrete product contexts.

  5. Contribute research and memos that can be applied to develop AI ethics strategy and to further internal and external public understanding of SAIL’s products and research.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Currently has, or is in the process of obtaining a Ph.D. in social science subject, such as Government, Sociology, History, Philosophy, Humanities, etc., with experience of technical literatures in machine learning and AI.

  2. Experience solving analytical problems using quantitative and qualitative approaches.

  3. Experience in communicating ethics and policy issues to a technical audience.

  4. Must obtain work authorization in country of employment at the time of hire, and maintain ongoing work authorization during employment.

Industry: Internet

Equal Opportunity: Facebook is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law. Facebook is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities in our recruiting process. If you need any assistance or accommodations due to a disability, please let us know at