Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline



Littlegate House
16-17 St Ebbe's st
ox1 1pt
United Kingdom


The Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA) is looking for a Researcher to help develop the intellectual foundations of the study of existential risk. 

With Dr Toby Ord, the primary focus will be to provide senior research support for the creation of a book on existential risk. This book would aim to be the go-to resource for existential risk: it will examine the arguments for mitigating existential risk, the types of existential risk, and the interventions aimed at reducing such risks. The ultimate aim is to make concern for existential risk a regular part of policy conversations, in just the same way that concern for the environment is.

Your main responsibilities will include:

  • Providing guidance on Tody Ord’s work on existential risk research agenda, 
  • Conducting individual research projects, in collaboration with partner institutions,
  • Shaping and advancing CEA’s research strategy,
  • Managing the design and execution of literature reviews,
  • High level research support as requested by Dr Toby Ord, 
  • Lending your expertise to the discussion of ideas and arguments, 
  • Advising on choice of topic and argument,
  • Providing feedback on written work,
  • Collating and processing feedback from external readers.

About The Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA) 

The Centre for Effective Altruism acts as a springboard for the effective altruism movement. It aims to: promote and strengthen effective altruism as an idea and a community, help figure out how best to advance the wellbeing of all, and inspire people to take action based on that knowledge.

Why is this role important?

This role provides an excellent opportunity to help improve the intellectual work being done by a leader in the effective altruism community—work that has the potential for very high impact. Your work will involve applying your advanced research skills to a variety of interesting topics. You will have the opportunity to challenge, and be challenged by, one of the intellectual leaders of the Effective Altruism community.

Who is suited to this role?

The ideal candidate for this role is an exceptional generalist researcher who is passionate about effective altruism and existential risk reduction. You need to be able to demonstrate an advanced understanding of a broad literature and array of different topics, write clearly and succinctly, and be willing to work autonomously. You should have an advanced understanding of standard academic referencing and have a good understanding of good style and grammar. 


  • Strong academic background and exemplary academic record,
  • Strong background of conducting research at a high level of rigour and professionalism,
  • High reliability and self-motivation,
  • Strong analytical skills,
  • Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal),
  • Evidence of commitment to and understanding of effective altruism, including, for example, previous experience working with effective altruist groups or organizations, or demonstrated high-level engagement with effective altruist ideas,
  • Evidence of willingness and ability to work autonomously, and to manage multiple tasks simultaneously

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our organisation. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status. We are happy to make any reasonable accommodations necessary to welcome all to our workplace. Please contact us to discuss adjustments to the application process.


The salary for this position is £38,000 per annum, for a 12 month contract. The applicant will be based in the CEA’s Oxford Offices.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

In order to apply for this position you should send a CV and cover letter to Ms. Tanya Singh at The deadline for applications will be at 8:00 am BST, 31st August 2018.