The Future of Humanity Institute has a biotechnology research team which investigates the danger of Global Catastrophic Biological Risks, and how these are best addressed. FHI offers talented researchers freedom to think about the most important issues of our era in an environment with other brilliant minds who are willing to constructively engage with a broad range of ideas.
Our work ranges widely by both discipline and scope: from assessment of emerging technologies to biological weapon counter-proliferation policy; and from work aimed at understanding broader principles to work making concrete governance recommendations. As such we are looking for exceptional researchers, no matter their background or level experience, who share our interest in biological risks which credibly threaten human civilization as a whole.
Some concrete examples of the work we do:
- Existential Risk and Cost-Effective Biosecurity
- Who should we fear more: Biohackers, Disgruntled Postdocs, or Bad Governments? A simple Risk Chain Model of Biorisk
- Information Hazards in Biotechnology
- UK Government’s approach to emerging infectious diseases and bioweapons
Applications close 19th October 2020, noon BST.
We are hiring researchers across our levels of seniority:
Researchers: You will hold a first degree, with evidence of research potential in a relevant field. You would be expected to pursue independent research projects, with little guidance from more experienced team members. For the Researcher positions apply here.
Research Fellows: You will have a Bachelors and/or Masters degree with at least two years of research experience and evidence of research potential in a relevant field for your specialism. Typically, Research Fellows have a PhD or an equivalent amount of research experience. You would possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to pursue independent tracks, with an ability to manage your own research and related activities with little guidance. For the Research Fellow positions apply here.
Senior Research Fellows: You would hold a relevant Ph.D. with either post-qualification research experience or equivalent experience in a non-academic setting. Typically, Senior Research Fellows have 5+ years of post-PhD research experience. You would have a strong publication record or equivalent experience in a non-academic setting. Excellent candidates can set up their research teams, under the guidance of the Director. For the Senior Research Fellow positions apply here.
If you aren’t sure which two grades applies to you, then please apply to both of them, and we will consider you for the right one.