Opportunities at Leverage Research
Leverage Research is dedicated to aiding responsible scientific advances which benefit society. We run foundational research programs studying neglected areas of research and communicate our findings to both networks of researchers and the wider public. Our current focus is on studying, conducting, and supporting early stage science through our three main programs: History of Science, Exploratory Psychology, and Bottlenecks in Science and Technology.
We are always looking for exceptional individuals to join our team. Learn more about our work and our current openings below.
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Introduction to Leverage Research
Despite the vast number of researchers and enormous amount of money spent on research, there are still many domains that are importantly understudied.
These domains are overlooked for a variety of reasons. In some cases, the research itself requires a new approach, often by an interdisciplinary team which can be hard to assemble. In other cases, topics are controversial or unpopular, making it hard to find talented researchers or raise money. This is where Leverage Research sees an opportunity for positive impact.
About Our Current Programs
The bulk of Leverage Research’s efforts go into our three main programs:
History of Science,
Exploratory Psychology, and
Bottlenecks in Science and Technology.
Each of these programs was selected because we believe there is a special opportunity available to contribute to progress in nascent and struggling fields and thereby substantially improve the world.
Join Our Team
Join our staff to contribute to our early stage science research programs.
History of Science Researcher
Conduct historical research into the process of discovery.
Investigate critical discoveries in the early history of science and produce in-depth case studies describing the causal factors in those discoveries. Examine the primary and secondary literature, build an understanding of the discovery’s social context, grasp the physical principles or constraints at play, and gain hands-on familiarity with the relevant instruments and experiments. The ideal candidate will have at least 5 years of independent research experience or a Ph.D. in the history of science, philosophy of science, or a related field.
Events and Operations Manager
Help us grow our team and events program.
Scope, design, and execute internal and external events, managing every stage of the event process and connecting with key stakeholders and members of our network. Take responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the institute including everything from finances to legal compliance to HR. The ideal candidate is highly organized, great at prioritizing, extremely reliable, good with people, and a fast learner.
Executive Research Communication Assistant
Help share the institute’s perspective.
Work closely with our Executive Director to communicate the institute’s perspectives and research to the interested public, primarily through essays but potentially through other media as well. Encounter a broad range of ideas and conceptual models and write essays that communicate those ideas precisely, accurately, and accessibly. The ideal candidate will have previous experience communicating complex ideas to the public and be highly adaptable, always striving to improve, and will have strong facility with ideas, arguments, and abstract models.
About the Application Process
Learn about our application process.
Further Information and FAQ
How to Apply
To apply simply fill in this application form.
The application should take around 20 minutes, depending on how many roles you are applying for.
What do I need in order to apply?
You will be asked for basic contact information, to upload your resume, and to answer a few questions about your application.
The History of Science Researcher and Executive Research Communications Assistant positions also require a writing sample such as a research paper, dissertation, or research article you have previously written.
You might wish to click through the application questions once first and note down the questions and prepare your answers in a separate document, as you cannot save your application part way through.
The deadline for applications is 11:59 PM PT on Sunday, July 24, 2022.
I have submitted my application, what happens next?
Once the application deadline has passed we will email all of the applicants who we would like to progress to the next stage with information about what happens next.
The application process is different for different roles but is likely to involve a time-limited work task, online interviews, and, for the final applicants, a trial either in person or at our remote office.
If there is a particular date by which you need a decision on your application, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you.
I am not sure if I have the right qualifications or experience, should I still apply?
If you are interested in one of our open positions but not sure if you have the right qualifications, skills or experience please reach out to us at email@example.com and we would be happy to discuss the role and your application with you.