Job Opening: Research Assistant

 
The Center for Complex Interventions, Inc. (CCI) is a non-profit that applies scientific research to large scale, complex problems such as COVID testing and climate change. CCI is looking for a research assistant to support senior researchers as well as provide administrative help to the organization’s Executive Director. This role will be flexible in nature as the research assistant will be expected to provide research and writing support to a number of different projects.
 
Core aspects for this role include
  • Researching and preparing detailed reports on existing policies and research in the climate and public health sectors. 
  • Researching approaches to impact measurement across several different disciplines including network science and ecology.
  • Managing a large database of information for a climate related project. The research assistant will be required to continually update entries as the climate field evolves. 
  • Regularly checking in with 3-5 CCI researchers to keep track of how projects are progressing and reporting back to the Director of Research and the Executive Director. 
  • Writing project updates to send to CCI’s funders. 
  • Assisting the Executive Director with administrative tasks including HR and finance. 

Requirements
  • BA/BS degree.
  • Proven ability to complete independent research. 
  • Independent and self-motivated, comfortable working with little outside direction.
  • Resourceful, curious about a range of different topics, and enjoys investigative research that involves following multiple threads in order to identify connections/themes that may be challenging to uncover through a straightforward Google search.
  • Wide-ranging interests and a willingness to help with a variety of tasks.
  • Experience with technical and scientific subjects such as machine learning, human biology, medicine, and environmental science. 
  • Excellent critical reading skills: must have the ability to absorb large amounts of material quickly. 
  • Excellent writing and editing skills. 
  • Willingness to perform administrative tasks in addition to research.
 
Salary and Benefits
You will be a full time (1-year term that may be renewed based on fit and performance) salaried employee if you're in the US and an independent contractor otherwise. We offer a competitive salary in the nonprofit sector. 
US employees have the following benefits:
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage (CCI covers 80% of employee costs and 70% of dependent costs for medical insurance and 50% of employee costs for dental and vision insurance).
  • Life insurance coverage
  • 401(k) forthcoming
     
How to Apply
Please send a cover letter and resume to the Executive Director, Samantha Bates, at samantha@centerofci.org. Feel free to reach out to Samantha with any questions.
 
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The Center of Complex Interventions, Inc. (CCI) is an equal opportunity employer. CCI complies with and adheres to all United States state and federal anti-discrimination laws with respect to its employment practices. CCI does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin or ancestry, age, or disability or any other category protected under state or federal law. This policy extends to recruiting, hiring, compensation, benefits, assignment, working conditions, termination, re-employment, employee treatment, and all other terms, conditions and privileges of employment. All employment-related decisions are made on a nondiscriminatory basis so as to further the principle of equal employment opportunity.

Job Opening: Senior Frontend Engineer

 
The Project
We're looking for a frontend engineer to help build a brand new open source product that helps users of all skill levels use, extend, and visualize their data. We are heavily inspired by Dabble DB.
 
The current team is two engineers, we're alumni of Creative Commons and have experience working on open source projects and building community. We're aiming for an initial team size of four, including this position and a product designer. We're based out of the nonprofit Center of Complex Interventions and are advised by Joi Ito and Reid Hoffman.
 
The Position
We haven't started writing code for this project yet and you'll be our first frontend engineer. We expect that you'll have full ownership of the front end, including picking the stack, writing modular, scalable, and well-documented code, and ensuring accessibility, near-instantaneous performance, and a great user experience. You'll also help with ideation and design of the MVP and new features, collaborating closely with our product designer.
 
This position also involves ownership in building an active community around the product, including participating in conversations with both contributors and users, mentoring for programs like Google Summer of Code, and maintaining documentation, reviewing pull requests, and so on. We are a fully distributed team, and you can be located anywhere in the world, as long as you are can make time between 2 PM and 8 PM UTC for meetings as needed.
 
Qualifications
We're looking for an experienced engineer that has architected, built, and deployed complex frontend applications that deal with large amounts of data. Ensuring scalability, accessibility, and performance are critical, and ideally, you have strong opinions on how to make that happen. We also expect you to be an advocate for creating an exceptional user experience. Excellent communication skills in English (both written and verbal) are essential, since this position is fully remote. You should be able to work independently, build good working relationships remotely, and be a proactive communicator. You should also enjoy writing documentation, helping others, and building a community. You're probably also curious and enjoy learning new things.
 
Some nice-to-haves:
  • solid understanding of SQL and databases
  • experience as a contributor or maintainer of open source software
  • experience with usability testing
  • familiarity with Python
  • remote work experience
     
Salary and Benefits
You will be a salaried employee if you're in the US and an independent contractor otherwise. We offer a competitive salary in the nonprofit sector. We also have a budget for learning material (books, courses, etc.) and conferences.
 
US employees have the following benefits
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage (CCI covers 80% of employee costs and 70% of dependent costs for medical insurance and 50% of employee costs for dental and vision insurance).
  • Life insurance coverage
  • 401(k) forthcoming
     
How to Apply
Please fill out this form.
 
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The Center of Complex Interventions, Inc. (CCI) is an equal opportunity employer. CCI complies with and adheres to all United States state and federal anti-discrimination laws with respect to its employment practices. CCI does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin or ancestry, age, or disability or any other category protected under state or federal law. This policy extends to recruiting, hiring, compensation, benefits, assignment, working conditions, termination, re-employment, employee treatment, and all other terms, conditions and privileges of employment. All employment-related decisions are made on a nondiscriminatory basis so as to further the principle of equal employment opportunity.