Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of Facial Analytics

There is an immediate opening for an ambitious 3rd or 4th year undergraduate student in engineering (or a related major) to join the research team of Jennifer Wagner, JD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Law, Policy, and Engineering. This project is an extension of the study examining the ethical, legal, and social implications of research involving human facial images, which was funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). This project's aim is to identify and assess biometric data protections laws, ordinances, and policies that would affect the use of facial analytics (e.g., facial recognition technologies) across the United States in diverse settings.

Campus(es): 
University Park
Work Setting(s): 
On campus, Remote, Variable
Area(s): 
Engineering, Humanities, Information Technology and Computer Science, International Relations, Political Science, and Law, Life Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences
Description of responsibilities: 

You would work directly with Dr. Wagner to locate, retrieve, and archive source materials for the legal and policy analysis. You would gain or hone ELSI (ethical, legal, and social implications) research skills including legal mapping and policy analysis, perform literature reviews, participate in meetings with the full research team, help with the development of a research grant proposal, and have the opportunity to coauthor scholarly manuscripts. The time commitment anticipated for this project would be 10 hours per week. This is a volunteer position (with performance-based opportunities to transition to a paid position).

Minimum Qualifications: 

Opportunity is available for a 3rd or 4th year undergraduate student. No legal or policy research experience is required. Interest in ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) of biometrics, facial analytics, and digital health technologies is a must. Students contemplating graduate school or law school are preferred.

Opportunity Timeframe(s): 
On-going
Position Type(s): 
Volunteer
Number of positions available: 
1
Application Procedure: 

Interested students should send a letter of interest to jkw131@psu.edu describing yourself and why you are interested in Law, Policy, & Engineering generally and/or this project specifically. The letter should mention your GPA and any relevant coursework to the project. Include an updated version of your resume or CV as well as a writing sample.

Posting Date: 
Monday, September 20, 2021
Last Updated: 
September 20, 2021