Jobs

You can find jobs at organizations we find interesting (Convergent Research and their Focused Research Organizations, Arc Institute, Arcadia Institute, and Astera Institute) here.


Right now New Science is hiring for the following positions:

  1. Head of Program to lead and support our current fellowships and to design and lead our future programs. See full description here.
  2. Lab Tech to support the fellows in our first two fellowship and to grow into managing our lab space or leading further programs. See full description here.
  3. Head of Content to be responsible for the content appearing on newscience.org that would be useful to scientists and that would increase the scientific standing of New Science. See full description here.
  4. Researcher to investigate potential people, projects, and areas of biology and biology-adjacent research to support. See full description here.
  5. Special Projects to work on services for scientists. See full description here.
  6. Something else?

New Science has raised more than $1.5m from the Survival and Flourishing Fund, Vitalik Buterin, Raymond Tonsing, and a number of individual and anonymous donors for its mission of building the 21st century institutions of basic science. See a profile of New Science and other emerging scientific organizations in The Atlantic.

We’re starting with two fellowships for young scientists: the 2022 summer fellowship and the 2022 one-year fellowship. In the process, we are preparing to start supporting scientists to do longer-term work and to have support structures outside of the traditional academia that would enable them to continue doing full-time basic research without worrying about ever having to write an NIH grant again.

Eventually, we envision a network of research institutes, both affiliated with New Science and not affiliated with it, and other types of scientific organizations supporting the process of research, creating an independent scientific ecosystem that would constitute the aforementioned 21st century institutions of basic science.

The role of New Science in this bigger vision is to:

  1. Start to attack specific structural, cultural, and talent-related issues facing academia (as detailed here) running research programs ourselves.
  2. Provide the scientific infrastructure for scientists, abstracting away as much of the activities they don’t have comparative advantage in and leveraging their talents to the greatest extent.
  3. Provide support to the broader institutional ecosystem in the form accumulating the knowledge required to run new organizations, connecting people within the ecosystem and those wishing to join, providing services to the ecosystem, etc.

We are based in Boston and strongly prefer being in-person. We are happy to help you with and to pay for your relocation. We offer top-tier healthcare (including dental and vision) benefits. We pay competitively.

Biology experience is not required for all positions, but will be a big plus for many of them, given that we are essentially providing scientific infrastructure for scientists and supporting them in their research.

If you’re interested in joining us, please fill out the form below. If it seems like a potentially good fit, we’ll be happy to brainstorm what your role at New Science could look like.

Do not hesitate to reach out to alexey@newscience.org if you have any questions.

Open positions

Head of Program

This is a full-time position based in Boston, Massachusetts. The expected salary is $90-160k, depending on experience.

For our first one-year fellowship, New Science will assemble up to ten brilliant young scientists for a fully-paid-for research experience in Boston. We will select fellows on the audacity of their ideas and will provide them with stipends, lab space, materials, and mentorship, giving them maximal freedom to pursue something of their own and combining that freedom with the mentorship and support that allows them to fully express their talents. At the same time, we’ll be providing them with the kind of support traditionally not encountered at such programs, like letting teams of scientific “co-founders” to apply to pursue a project together or funding a full-time research technician to join someone’s project.

You will oversee both the big picture and the details of the program, working closely with New Science’s team to determine the precise architecture of the program and to ensure that fellows come to the lab prepared to do research from day one. During the fellowship, you will support fellows by making sure that their research stays on track while coordinating with the lab technician and with mentors. And while in the first year only the most adventurous students are going to apply, you’ll make sure that for the New Science 2023 one-year fellowship, everyone considers applying.

In the meantime, as a member of our early core team, you will either be working on a better version of the fellowship or taking steps to conceive and establish our next major program.

If you are interested in being New Science’s Head of Program, you can submit your application in the Airtable below.

Lab Tech

This could either be a temporary position for one year (Sep 2022-Aug 2023) or a full-time position in Boston, Massachusetts. The expected salary is $70-120k, depending on experience.

In this position, you will support the fellows during the 2022 one-year fellowship in the lab, assisting fellows with their experiments and making sure they’re never blocked by the lack of familiarity with a lab technique or anything else that has to do with empirically testing their hypotheses.

If you are interested in being New Science’s Lab Tech, you can submit your application in the Airtable below.

Head of Content

This is a full-time position. We strongly prefer you to be with us in Boston, Massachusetts but we are willing to consider exceptional remote applicants. The expected salary is $80-150k, depending on experience

New Science is first and foremost an institution of science. In light of this, the target audience for the content we are publishing are scientists. This means that we are most interested in pieces that help young scientists to think about science, to do science, and to advance in their career in science; in pieces that show how science and academia works; in “definitive” guides about topics in science and academia; in novel science writing about the latest advances in science; in profiles of science done at New Science and of scientists supported by New Science or participating in the broader ecosystem.

Examples of writing we find inspiring:

Some relatively specific ideas for writing we find intriguing:

If you are interested in being New Science’s Head of Content, you can submit your application in the Airtable below.

Researcher

This is a full-time position. We strongly prefer you to be with us in Boston, Massachusetts but we are willing to consider exceptional remote applicants. The expected salary is $90-120k, depending on experience

You’re a researcher who will help us find and evaluate specific opportunities and broad areas of research in the life sciences. You have a favorite methods section. You’re always tracking down obscure sources. You’re that friend who accidentally rattles off a whole review paper in conversation.

The details of this job will depend on your skills, but we suspect that you would spend most of your days doing things like:

You should expect spending a lot of your time serving as an internal, incredibly broadly-minded technical expert, who would be evaluating the potential of the concrete scientific ideas or fields we’re looking into and a lot of your time independently looking for promising people, ideas, and directions of research that we are not looking into but we should get into.

If you are interested in being New Science’s Researcher, you can submit your application in the Airtable below.

Special projects

We are looking to create “services” for the broader scientific ecosystem that would be helpful for scientists. Inspiration for the kinds of projects we’re thinking about doing:

Projects:

If you are interested in doing special projects with us, fill out the Airtable just below.

Something else?

If you’re excited about the mission of New Science but you don’t feel like any of the positions listed would be a perfect fit, do not hesitate to submit a general application. If it seems like a good fit, we’ll be happy to brainstorm what your role could look like (for example, David is our Head of Strategy, even though no such position existed when he applied). More often than not, early hires do not fit any of the pre-defined roles very well but are distinguished by the desire to contribute to the mission and find a unique role for themselves that fits their particular strengths especially well.

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Interesting jobs at other organizations

You can find jobs at organizations we find interesting (Convergent Research and their Focused Research Organizations, Arc Institute, Arcadia Institute, and Astera Institute) here.