About AI Safety Support
Our mission is to reduce existential risk from advanced AI by providing support for anyone who wants to contribute to work on the project of AI Safety. We are mainly focusing on helping new and aspiring AI Safety researchers, because we think that supporting this group is a neglected problem. But we are happy to support anyone regardless of career status.
Why we are hiring
We are currently seeking to expand our team, both because Linda (one of the two founders) is reducing her involvement in AI Safety Support (AISS), and because there was always more work to be done than could be managed by just two people.
What you will be doing
Your job is to identify useful projects and to implement them. You can choose what you work on but here’s a list of things you might do.
- Keep track of new opportunities and resources relevant for AI Safety Careers
- Give career advice to aspiring AI Safety researchers
- Run the next round of our mentorship program
- Write up a summary of the responses to our Career Bottleneck Survey to be published on the EA Forum
- Organise regular online AI Safety seminars and other meetups
- Organise the next AI Safety Unconference
- Write regular newsletters
- Actively participate in discussions and answer questions in the AI Alignment Slack
- Figure out who should talk to whom and make introductions
If you work for AISS full time, you will have to do many different types of tasks. However if you only want to work for us part time, more specialisation is possible.
About the job – The Logistics
- The job is remote.
- You can work part time or full time.
- Salary in the range 30k-50k USD annually for full time, depending on your experience, and proportionally less for part time.
- We are hiring either one full time person or the equivalent distributed among several part time workers.
- You’ll be a contractor, not an employee. This means we’ll just send you the money, and it is up to you and your local government to sort out anything else. Depending on where you live, you might have to register as a sole proprietor or similar.
- Starting time is flexible.
We’d be happy for you to combine working for us with other part-time occupations especially other jobs related to organising and/or AI Safety. For example:
- AI Safety Camp
- Your local/national/non-local EA group
- Doing AI Safety research
- … etc
Who are we looking for
We are looking for someone who cares deeply about the work we are doing, and is open to staying with AISS long term, if everything works out well.
(These are the essentials. If you think you can do these things, you are encouraged to apply.)
- Ability to take initiative
- Ability for self-directed work, including making plans and follow through, but also knowing when to ask for help
Useful skills and experiences
(You don’t need to know all or even most of these things! It’s just a list of things that might be useful. We’re a team. Not everyone needs to be an expert at everything, and you will have the opportunity to learn on the job.)
- Organising experience
- Research experience
- Written communication
- Using spreadsheets
- Knowledge about the AI Safety career landscape
- Knowledge about the AI Safety problem
- Web programming
- Community building
- General life experience
- Making people feel welcome
Application deadline: July 31
Our rough plan is to do all interviews in August, and make a decision no later than the end of September. However this is our first hire, so we don’t know how this will go. We’ll do our best to keep all applicants up to date with the process.
We’d like to talk to all of you (video call), but can’t make any promises since we don’t know how many applicants we’ll get. We will not ask you to do any time consuming, unpaid work trials. But we might ask some of you to do some minor, real paid work, to test out your abilities.
Should you apply?
Maybe you are thinking that surely there are many more qualified people than you. And maybe you’re right. But you don’t know that. We wish we could tell you if you got a chance or not, but we also don’t know what other applicants we’ll get.
If you have the required skills (I.e. initiative, and ability for self directed work) and want this job, then we hope you will apply. You can only improve the applicant pool by applying, not make it worse. Don’t worry about wasting our time, that’s our problem. We want your application.
If you are worried that you will be rejected and rejections hurt, then you have our sympathy. Rejection is a possibility and it does hurt. We don’t know how to fix that. If there is any way we can make this easier, let us know. (Seriously! This is an important problem that affects lots of people. If you have any ideas how applications can be done more humanely, please tell us
If you are unsure if you want to work with us, feel free to apply anyway, and leave it up to us to try to convince you. Recruitment should be a mutual decision involving both you and us.