The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research—an autonomous institute within the United Nations—conducts research on disarmament and security. The Institute explores current issues pertaining to a variety of existing and future armaments, global diplomacy, and local tensions and conflicts. Working with researchers, diplomats, government officials, NGOs and other institutions since 1980, UNIDIR acts as a bridge between the research community and Member States.
UNIDIR’s Security and Technology Programme (SecTec) is seeking a Researcher to work on new research and other activities to contribute to building knowledge and awareness on the international security implications and risks of specific technological innovations, in particular artificial intelligence and increasing autonomy in weapon systems, and convene stakeholders to explore ideas and develop new thinking on ways to address them.
Purpose and Scope of Assignment
Under the direction of the SecTec Lead, the Researcher will focus on activities related to the international security dimensions of AI, increasing autonomy in weapon systems, and innovations in science and technology more broadly. The Researcher will produce original research and analysis, and author papers, briefs and studies. In addition, the Researcher will support the organization of multi-stakeholder dialogues in the form of workshops and symposia, sometimes in collaboration with external partners. In addition, the Researcher will support Programme-level activities, as requested. The Researcher is also expected to support the development of new activities.
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