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Expression of curiosity: Author and writer-researcher


80,000 Hours is contemplating hiring full-time writers and writer-researchers. They’d define and write new articles for the 80,000 Hours web site that may assist folks shift their careers in direction of high-impact choices.

To precise curiosity in both or each of those roles, please full this manner.

Word: This announcement is for an expression of curiosity slightly than a job opening. It’s potential we’ll launch a proper hiring spherical inside the subsequent month or two.

If we do run a proper hiring spherical, we’ll e-mail everybody who crammed out this expression of curiosity to ask them to fill out an software for the function.

About 80,000 Hours

80,000 Hours’ mission is to get gifted folks engaged on the world’s most urgent issues. Since being based in 2011, we’ve got helped:

  • Popularise utilizing your profession to ambitiously pursue impression whereas pondering severely about trigger and intervention prioritisation
  • Develop the fields of AI security, AI governance, world catastrophic organic danger discount, and world catastrophic danger discount capability constructing (amongst others)
  • Fill tons of of roles at most of the most impactful organisations tackling the worlds’ most urgent issues

Over 1,000,000 folks go to our web site every year, and hundreds of individuals have instructed us that they’ve considerably modified their profession plans because of our work. Surveys carried out by our major funder, Open Philanthropy, present that 80,000 Hours is likely one of the single largest drivers of expertise transferring into work associated to decreasing world catastrophic dangers.

Our hottest items are learn by over 1,000 folks every month, and they’re among the many most vital methods we assist folks shift their careers in direction of higher-impact choices.

The roles

We’re itemizing these roles collectively as a result of there’s a variety of overlap in what they’ll give attention to, and we suspect among the similar candidates could possibly be robust suits for each.

The principle distinction is that the author function focuses extra on the craft of writing compelling and informative items for the viewers, and the writer-researcher function focuses extra on supporting the information base that informs the items. The flexibility to write down clearly is essential to each roles.

As a author, you’d:

  • Use interviews or analysis notes to write down new articles for the 80,000 Hours web site, e.g. new profession critiques or profiles of high world issues
  • Flip current analysis content material into extra accessible and fascinating items, e.g. placing collectively our drawback profiles right into a guide
  • Write substantive newsletters for an viewers of 450,000 folks
  • Refine the presentation and framing of our content material on central touchdown pages, e.g. our profession critiques web page
  • Handle and edit exterior knowledgeable contributors to write down articles
  • Frequently study from analytics and person suggestions what sorts of framings are most participating

As a writer-researcher, you’d:

  • Analysis and assist write new articles for the 80,000 Hours web site, e.g. new profession critiques
  • Survey and interview consultants within the points we prioritise
  • Write analysis notes for writers to show into articles and newsletters
  • Replace or rewrite core articles with new data and assets, e.g. about quickly evolving world issues
  • Handle and edit exterior knowledgeable contributors to write down articles

Forms of items you would possibly work on in both function embody:

For each roles, what you’d give attention to will rely in your strengths and pursuits, in addition to the wants of our viewers. E.g. in case you have a specific curiosity in writing concerning the abilities most wanted for pursuing a high-impact profession, or in writing a few specific drawback space (akin to AI security), you could possibly specialize in that!

Who we’re in search of

For each roles, we’re in search of:

  • Sturdy information of and dedication to the values of efficient altruism and longtermism
  • The flexibility to study shortly and independently
  • Pleasure to work on no matter sorts of tasks are highest precedence in a fast-paced and extremely collaborative surroundings
    • We’re a small crew attempting to do troublesome and bold issues — this implies we regularly pitch in on plenty of points of each other’s work!
  • match with our cultural values

For the author function we’re additionally in search of:

  • An distinctive aptitude for — and ideally a monitor file of — writing compellingly. We would like somebody who can flip analysis notes or a short into writing that’s concurrently attention-grabbing, straightforward to learn, nuanced, exact, correct, and clear – and possibly even humorous.
    • Useful backgrounds embody journalism, running a blog, nonfiction writing, podcasting, and inventive writing

For the researcher function we’re in search of:

  • An distinctive aptitude for — and ideally a monitor file of — generalist analysis and writing. We would like somebody who can determine what’s true, what’s unknown, and what’s related for profession selections given a fancy and altering scenario with our high precedence issues, usually amidst knowledgeable disagreement.
    • Useful backgrounds embody assume tanks, educational or nonprofit analysis, running a blog, journalism, nonfiction writing, podcasting, surveys, or a background in a high drawback space like catastrophic dangers from AI.

We’re conscious that components like gender, race, and socioeconomic background can have an effect on folks’s willingness to use for roles. We’d prefer to particularly encourage folks from underrepresented backgrounds to use!

Wage, hours, location, and advantages

The wage will fluctuate based mostly on expertise and the obligations you tackle, however to offer a tough sense, we’d count on the beginning wage for somebody on this place to be £60,000–70,000 per 12 months plus advantages — and doubtlessly extra for somebody exceptionally skilled. Our salaries are calculated in line with a formulation that’s clear to all major employees at 80,000 Hours.

Employees can work versatile hours. We encourage employees to work no matter schedule (according to full time standing) will permit them to be most personally efficient.

We choose folks to work in-person in our London workplace if potential. We’re open to distant work in some instances. We are able to sponsor visas.

The beginning date of the function is versatile, however we’d count on you to begin throughout 2024 and like you to begin roughly as quickly as you’re obtainable.

Our advantages embody:

  • The choice to make use of 10% of your time for self improvement
  • 25 days of paid vacation, plus financial institution holidays
  • Pension scheme / retirement plan with employer contributions
  • Personal medical insurance coverage
  • Lengthy-term incapacity insurance coverage
  • As much as 14 weeks of totally paid parental go away
  • Childcare allowance for kids underneath 5
  • Protection of work-related bills like journey to conferences and workplace gear
  • £5,000 annual psychological well being assist allowance
  • £5,000 annual self-development funds
  • Bathe services, a small fitness center, and free meals supplied at our London workplace

To precise curiosity within the function, please fill in this manner.

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