Research Scientist (Ethics)

About the Position

AI_NM_Full2014 Research Scientist (Ethics)

General Information

Sony AI is seeking highly motivated, self-driven individuals with expertise in AI Ethics – specifically Fairness, Transparency, and Accountability (FTA). Sony has many real-world AI applications in Image Sensing, and we are looking for smart, enthusiastic people who want to research, develop and deploy FTA technology specifically for image processing and real-world applications in various business areas.

Roles and Responsibilities

・Lead research programs in AI ethics especially fairness, accountability and transparency
・Work closely with the companies AI ethics boards to identify key issues around AI ethics in Sony’s diverse businesses
・Work closely with a team of AI researchers and programmers in the US, Switzerland and Japan on ambitious AI projects
・Investigate new algorithms to solve fundamental AI ethics problems
・Write code to support research, usually in python and/or C++
・Write reports and give presentations for internal audiences
・Write papers for, and give presentations at academic conferences

Required Qualifications and Skills

・Passion to develop cutting-edge AI ethics technology and deploy it through a multi-stakeholder approach.
・Background in Machine Learning (PhD or equivalent experience) with a track record of relevant academic publications, patents, and/or open source software. 
・Seniority will depend on number of years of work experience after PhD (or equivalent experience).
・Experience working with different AI ethics stakeholders, such as users and product, engineering, legal, and compliance business units.
・Experience in research on algorithmic fairness, accountability, and transparency, especially around detecting and mitigating bias in image sensing technologies, developing privacy-preserving technologies, and causal inference.
・A track record of implementing software systems.
・Excellent written and oral communication skills, as well as interpersonal skills, including the ability to articulate technical concepts to both technical and non-technical audiences. 

Other Required Knowledge

・The ability to deliver on tight deadlines and adapt to evolving or changing requirements
・Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, and willingness in learning Japanese

Preferable major

Computer Science, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence

Working Location

Location: Tokyo, Japan (but remote work arrangements from other locations can be considered)