Research Associate (multiple positions)

We are looking for multiple Research Associates to plan and conduct interdisciplinary research under ALLFED's areas of work, potentially including:

Food security, novel food production methods, food system futures, nutrition, water access, agricultural systems, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, agricultural engineering, agricultural science, international relations, psychology, data science, logistics, geographic information systems, and economics.

Location:

Remote / home working.

Duration and Hours:

  • This is a full time (~40 hours/week) position. You will need to take part in research team calls (phone or online conferencing, which may be very early/late for you due to time zone differences). The majority of time you will be able to set your own working hours.

Remuneration:

To be agreed based on scope and experience.

Reports To:

Director of Research (Research Coordinator)

Key Responsibilities:

  • Seek out and apply the latest knowledge to the context of global catastrophic events / scenarios
  • Do literature research on various interdisciplinary topics, for example, food security, novel food production methods, food system futures, nutrition, water access, or agricultural systems (more here)
  • Collect findings in documents and analyze in spreadsheets/code
  • Discuss your findings/knowledge with team members, maintain appropriate notes and records
  • Maintain and develop research collaborations, collaborators’ contacts and records, so that they are readily available to the research team and the organization
  • Keep all research documentation and data in good order and readily accessible for the research team, coordinators, and management, in keeping with ALLFED’s policies and guidelines
  • Draft other research-specific communications
  • Prepare reports, articles, and presentations
  • Request, collect, and convey feedback on ALLFED’s research papers and outputs as well as the organization itself
  • Create, evaluate, and help prioritize project proposals
  • Communicate research projects’ progress, milestones, deliverables, resources, and budgets, and other project updates as needed to Management/Research/Projects Coordinator(s)
  • Contribute to securing funds for research by identifying sources of funding and assistance with approaches and grant applications
  • Other related tasks

Essential (must have):

For all ALLFED roles

  • A mature attitude - we are trying to help feed the world
  • Reliable, hard-working, able to get along with people
  • Self-motivated and able to work with little supervision to deliver project objectives in a timely manner
  • Excellent record-keeping and organizational skills
  • Comfortable with working remotely and online collaboration systems
  • Able to give/take constructive feedback about work to/from other team members
  • Willingness to learn new tools, methods, software
  • Awareness of a significant responsibility that comes with ALLFED’s work, especially when it comes to outreach and public media presence
  • Good English spoken and written language skills
  • Access to high speed internet (for your research and video conference calls)
  • Headset (microphone + headphones) for calls

Specific to this role

  • A bachelor’s degree; 
  • Excellent attention to detail;
  • Excellent analytical and reporting skills;
  • Flexibility: As Einstein said, "If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?" We frequently reprioritize research projects based on updated understanding to remain most effective.

Desirable (Nice to have):

  • A completed or in-progress bachelor’s or advanced degree relevant to one of ALLFED’s priority research areas (chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, agricultural engineering, agricultural science, international relations, psychology, data science, logistics, geographic information systems, economics, or a related discipline)
  • Ability to code
  • Good presentation skills
  • Willingness to present and discuss work at conferences
  • Big-picture thinking / ability to see how research interlinks with communications and preparedness planning
  • Familiarity with global catastrophic risks
  • Good at reasoning under uncertainty
  • Impact-driven: you prioritize for improving the world maximally
  • Motivated by longtermism

We look forward to hearing from you! Please direct any
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