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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

Postdoctoral research fellowship in philosophy of information, UK

University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield (U.K.)

AHRC-funded Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Philosophy Department of Philosophy, School of 
Humanities, University of Hertfordshire Fixed Term Contract for 18 months (1 January 2012 to 30 
June 2013).
Salary: UH6 pt 24-30, 25101 - 29,972

Further funding for IT support and conference travelling will be available. We invite applications 
for the position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Philosophy, to work on the 
project "Understanding Information Quality Standards and their Challenges". The position is 
full-time, fixed term (18 months). The project is a two-year, knowledge-transfer, in collaboration 
with Google UK. It is to be funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) through a 
grant awarded to the PI (principal investigator), Prof Luciano Floridi. Here is a very short 
description of the project. "The most developed societies live by information, and Information and
Communication Technologies (ICTs) keep them constantly oxygenated. So it seems essential that we 
should understand what it means for such information to be of high-quality, and hence fully and 
safely exploitable as a fruitful resource. And yet, we currently have only some approximate and 
contrasting views about information quality (IQ) standards. The project seeks to fill this serious
gap in our understanding, through a two-way knowledge transfer between the PI's theoretical 
expertise in the philosophy and ethics of information and Google's applied know-how in information 
management." You will be based in the Philosophy Department and collaborate full time in the 
project. The starting date of the project is expected to be the first of January 2012. 

You will hold a doctorate or should do so by the starting date, in a relevant discipline such as 
epistemology, logic, philosophy of information, or philosophy of science. You will have a proven 
research record in philosophy, preferably some expertise in information theory or computing, and 
an ability to work across disciplines. For further information please contact Mrs. Penny Driscoll, 
by e-mailing In order to apply, please 
either visit the University of Hertfordshire?s website at 
and follow the jobs link, top right-hand corner.

 Please note that the vacancy reference is 005249 and that the closing date is 
Thursday 13th October.