Current Job Postings

Director of European Policy

Location(s): Remote work from Brussels, less preferred from Strasbourg, Berlin, or Paris.

Type: Full-time equivalent

Job Description: This position will be responsible for leading and managing FLI’s European-based policy and advocacy efforts on both lethal autonomous weapon systems (lethal AWS) and on artificial intelligence (AI). This position will work closely with other FLI staff under the supervision of the FLI Board. The position may require direct supervision of more junior staff, the management of external consultants, and the execution of  term-limited projects with partner organizations. Duties may include: 1) developing formal policy positions for FLI in Europe, 2)  identifying opportunities for FLI to reactively and proactively influence the positive governance of AI and lethal AWS, 3) advocating and lobbying for FLI’s positions through written materials, virtual and in-person meetings, and other advocacy engagements, 4) representing FLI and its positions in various public forums, including in the European press, and 5) developing the strategic vision for FLI’s future engagement in Europe. Additional details on FLI’s policy work are available at www.futureoflife.org/policy-work

Required Qualifications:

  1. Advanced degree (Masters equivalent or higher) in policy, law, or a technical field related to emerging technologies. 
  2. Three (3) or more years of relevant work experience, mid-career and senior candidates encouraged to apply. 
  3. A high-degree of personal commitment and motivation to improve the future governance of emerging technologies to reduce global catastrophic and existential risk. 
  4. An ability to work independently and quickly, with a proactive work-ethic. Though the position will work closely with FLI colleagues and colleagues in other partner organizations, the position will require an ability to work geographically separate from others. 
  5. Eligibility to work in the European Union. 
  6. Fluency in English, both written and oral. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Experience working with or in European governments or the European Union in policymaking or advocacy positions. 
  2. Experience advocating for and against policies in a public and private setting with European policymakers and their staff.
  3. Knowledge of the technical capabilities and limitations of AI systems, and of lethal AWS.
  4. Additional language proficiency, especially French and German. 

Application Procedures:

  1. Access the Director of European Policy Application Form.
  2. Fill in the required fields. 
  3. Please respond to the following prompts/questions in the Google Form application:
    1. Consider a future world where you have been working in this position for ~5 years. What are some accomplishments you would like to have obtained a) for yourself, and b) for FLI? (Less than 500 words, English)
    2. Please describe if, and why, you believe the following are important for the future: a) the governance of artificial intelligence in the European Union, and b) the governance of lethal autonomous weapon systems both in the EU and globally (Less than 500 words, English) 
  4. Upload your resume/curriculum vitae and a cover letter to the Google Form.
  5. Submit the form. Note that the form will not save your work between sessions.
  6. Questions or concerns may be directed to  jobsadmin@futureoflife.org    

Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the job is filled.

Pay: Negotiable competitive pay will be commensurate with experience. 

Policy Advocate

Location(s): Remote work from the District of Columbia metro region.

Type: Full-time equivalent

Job Description: This position will be responsible for supporting FLI’s ongoing policy work and advocacy in the U.S. government, especially (but not exclusively) at a federal level. In this role, this position will be focused primarily on influencing near-term policymaking on artificial intelligence (AI) systems to maximize the societal benefits of increasingly powerful AI systems. Additional policy areas of interest may include synthetic biology, nuclear weapons policy, and the general management of global catastrophic and existential risk.This position will work closely with the Senior Adviser for Government Affairs and other FLI staff under the supervision of the FLI Board. Duties will include: 1) directly lobbying and advocating for FLI’s positions through written materials, virtual and in-person meetings, and other advocacy engagements, 2) identifying opportunities for FLI to reactively and proactively influence the U.S. government by reviewing and synthesizing think-tank events, Congressional hearings, Executive Branch public documents, and other materials, 3) networking with other policy advocates in the D.C. area with similar interests as FLI, to include possible coalition building, 4) assisting in the development formal policy positions for FLI, and 5) representing FLI at D.C. area policy events, including government meetings, think-tank conferences, and other formal and informal gatherings. Additional details on FLI’s policy work are available at www.futureoflife.org/policy-work

Required Qualifications:

  1. College degree in policy or a technical field related to emerging technologies. 
  2. Varied levels of work experience considered for the position. 
  3. A high-degree of personal commitment and motivation to improve the future governance of emerging technologies and to reduce global catastrophic and existential risk. 
  4. Basic knowledge of the U.S. federal government and its policymaking processes, especially the U.S. Congress. 
  5. Strong interpersonal skills. 
  6. U.S. citizenship or green card holder 
  7. Fluency in English, both written and oral. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. An advanced degree in policy, law, or a technical field related to emerging technologies.
  2. Expert knowledge of the U.S. federal government and its policymaking processes, especially the U.S. Congress. 
  3. Experience working with or in the U.S. government in a policy-related role, especially in an advocacy capacity. 
  4. Experience advocating for and against policies to other decision makers.

Application Procedures:

  1. Access the Policy Advocate Application Form.
  2. Fill in the required fields. 
  3. Please respond to the following prompts/questions in the Google Form application:
    1. Consider a future world where you have been working in this position for ~5 years. What are some accomplishments you would like to have obtained a) for yourself, and b) for FLI? (Less than 500 words, English)
    2. Please describe if, and why, you believe the following are important for the future: a) the governance of the artificial intelligence in the United States, and b) civil society organizations advocating directly with the U.S. government to improve governance (Less than 500 words, English) 
  4. Upload your resume/curriculum vitae and a cover letter to the Google Form
  5. Submit the form. Note that the form will not save your work between sessions.
  6. Questions or concerns may be directed to  jobsadmin@futureoflife.org   

Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the job is filled.

Pay: Negotiable competitive pay will be commensurate with experience. 

Policy Researcher

Location(s): Remote work, within the time zones of U.S. Pacific Time Zone to Central European Time Zone

Type: Full-time equivalent

Job Description: This position will be responsible for supporting FLI’s ongoing policy work in a wide array of governance fora through the production of thoughtful, practical policy research. In this role, this position will be focused primarily on researching near-term policymaking on artificial intelligence (AI) systems to maximize the societal benefits of increasingly powerful AI systems. Additional policy areas of interest may include lethal autonomous weapon systems, synthetic biology, nuclear weapons policy, and the general management of global catastrophic and existential risk. This position will work closely with numerous FLI staff under the supervision of the FLI Board. Duties will include: 1) focused research on particular policy topics to refine FLI’s understanding of them and their suitability for future advocacy, 2) assisting in the development of formal policy positions for FLI, including through the production of white papers, 3) producing written responses to solicitations for input from various government bodies, including regulatory notices, 4) identifying opportunities for FLI to reactively and proactively influence governance by reviewing and synthesizing a wide range of materials, 5) engagement with other policy researchers and academics to identify sound policies to improve governance, and 6) virtual and in-person attendance at relevant conferences and research-orientated gatherings. Additional details on FLI’s policy work are available at www.futureoflife.org/policy-work

Required Qualifications:

  1. An advanced degree in policy, law, or a technical field related to emerging technologies.
  2. Variable experience considered, up to ten years of relevant experience.
  3. A high-degree of personal commitment and motivation to improve the future governance of emerging technologies and to reduce global catastrophic and existential risk. 
  4. An ability to work independently in a research and writing capacity on short deadlines.
  5. Fluency in English, both written and oral. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Established track record and publishing of practical policy research, especially legislative research. 
  2. Experience working with an academic or other research institution, such as a think-tank. 
  3. Knowledge of the technical capabilities and limitations of AI systems, of lethal AWS, and other emerging technologies.
  4. Additional language proficiency, especially French and German.  

Application Procedures:

  1. Access the Policy Researcher Application Form.
  2. Fill in the required fields. 
  3. Please respond to the following prompts/questions in the Google Form application:
    1. Consider a future world where you have been working in this position for ~5 years. What are some accomplishments you would like to have obtained a) for yourself, and b) for FLI? (Less than 500 words, English)
    2. Please provide a concise, well-researched policy white-paper (or similar type of document) on a topic of your choosing. This may be from existing material that you were the primary author of, or an original writing sample. This can be a theoretical topic, or in response to a real-world example (e.g., a recent government proposal that you have a particular interest in).  (Less than 1000 words, English) 
  4. Upload your resume/curriculum vitae and a cover letter to the Google Form
  5. Submit the form. Note that the form will not save your work between sessions.
  6. Questions or concerns may be directed to jobsadmin@futureoflife.org   

Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the job is filled.

Pay: Negotiable competitive pay will be commensurate with experience.