Postdoctoral Research Associate in Artificial Intelligence Law & Policy

The Tech Policy Lab seeks a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on the legal and policy aspects of artificial intelligence under the supervision of Lab co-director Lane Powell and D. Wayne Gittinger Associate Professor Ryan Calo of the School of Law. This is a full-time non-tenure eligible position. This position will be funded for 2 years (12-month service period).

About the Tech Policy Lab

The postdoc will be joining a dynamic and interdisciplinary team of researchers examining the policy implications of emerging technologies. The Tech Policy Lab is a unique, interdisciplinary collaboration at the University of Washington that aims to enhance technology policy through research, education, and thought leadership.  The Tech Policy Lab brings together experts from the University’s School of Law, Information School, and Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering as well as other units on campus.

The Candidate

The applicant must hold a Ph.D. or foreign equivalent. A degree focused in machine learning, computational statistics, or a related field is strongly preferred. The ideal candidate will also be interested in the law and policy implications of artificial intelligence. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required, as much of our work requires communicating technical concepts to non-experts.

Questions we may explore over the coming years include:

  • What legal, technical, and social factors lead to bias in algorithmic decision-making and what mitigation strategies are available?
  • How do we set minimum safety thresholds for artificial intelligence organized to act directly on the world and what techniques are available to validate that these thresholds are being met?
  • By precisely what mechanisms can a society ensure that the risks and benefits of artificial intelligence fall proportionately across the population?
  • How is artificial intelligence being used to extract social surplus from consumers or to shape the perceptions of citizens?
  • How does artificial intelligence alter privacy law or the cybersecurity landscape?
  • How can criminal, civil, and other areas of law respond to the prospect of emergent behavior?

How to apply

Interested candidates should contact Professor Calo directly ( Please include a short cover letter along with your CV.


University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.