Do you want to work for a dynamic, forward-looking organisation with some amazing people? Do you have a global outlook, and want to make a real difference with your career? Maybe you should consider a career at the Centre for Effective Altruism.
Read more about why we're a fantastic place to work.
Application deadline: Tuesday, March 7th 2017, 12:00 am GMT
The research team at the Centre for Effective Altruism is now looking to take on Summer Research Fellows in 2017 to pursue prioritisation research. This is an opportunity to work with leading researchers and make original contributions in a young and exciting field.
This is a continuation of the research internship programme previously run by the Global Priorities Project. Past participants have generally taken the lead on a project under the supervision of one of our researchers.
We run recruitment rounds roughly every six months. You can read more about the positions above to get a feel for what we're looking for.
If none of these take your fancy, we're always on the lookout for talented, experienced professionals to join our team. We're growing quickly and our plans change rapidly. If you think you'd be a good fit, please fill out this form and describe how you could use your skills and experience to support one of our existing projects, or start your own!
Please note that we will not review CVs sent by email. However, if you have any queries about our recruitment please email recruitment [at] centreforeffectivealtruism [dot] org
In addition to full-time positions, we occasionally offer internships to outstanding applicants. If you are interested in an internship position, please fill out this form and include an explanation of which project you would like to intern with and how your skills and experience could contribute to our programmes.
All jobs are based at our offices in the University of Oxford, unless otherwise specified. We can usually rent accommodation in Oxford to new employees. Where possible, we encourage people who are considering working here to visit the office and get to know us in person.
We can often provide visas for interns from outside the EU, and sometimes do the same for prospective employees. As a result, we encourage applications from around the world.
We can usually hire under-30s from Canada, New Zealand and Australia on Tier 5 visas.
The Future of Humanity Institute, with which we share an office, is also looking for some researchers to join their team. Working at FHI is a great opportunity for impact if you are particularly interested in existential risk or far-future concerns. The research team at FHI is multi-disciplinary, and they're hoping to find new researchers with a background in computer science and machine learning and policy analysts with a background in the governance of emerging technologies. Read more about the openings at FHI here
The specifics of what we are looking for depend on the role and details can be found in the job descriptions. In general, we’re looking for people who have many of the following traits:
- Self-motivated, hard-working, and independent;
- Able to deal with pressure and unfamiliar problems;
- Have a strong desire for personal development;
- Able to quickly master complex, abstract ideas, and solve problems;
- Able to communicate clearly and persuasively in writing and in person;
- Comfortable working in a team and quick to get on with new people;
- Able to lead a team and manage a complex project;
- Keen to work with a young team in a startup environment;
- Deeply interested in making the world a better place in an effective way, using evidence and research;
- A good understanding of the aims of the Centre for Effective Altruism and its constituent organisations.
Of course this will depend on the role, but good general advice includes trying to do some of the following:
- Gain professional experience in established organisations where you will learn a lot, such as working in consulting, government, politics, advocacy, law, think-tanks, movement building, journalism, etc. You can learn more about building up your ‘career capital’ here.
- If you're still a student, some degree programmes we have found to provide useful training include: philosophy, statistics, economics, mathematics and physics. However, we are hoping to hire people from a more diverse range of academic and practical backgrounds in the future. In particular, we hope to find new members of the team who have worked in operations, movement building, advocacy and creative industries.
- Write regularly and consider starting a blog.
- Manage student and workplace clubs or societies.
- Learn how to run events, such as a conferences or large parties
- Work on exciting projects in your spare time.
- Found a start-up business or non-profit, or join someone else early in the life of a new project.
- Get experience promoting effective altruist ideas online, or to people you already know.
- Use 80,000 Hours’ research to do a detailed analysis of your own future career plans.