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The Singularity Institute is hiring virtual assistants (work from home, from anywhere)

10 Post author: lukeprog 25 February 2012 04:44AM

The Singularity Institute is hiring 1-3 virtual assistants. (That is, personal assistants that work from home, anywhere with internet access.)



  • Work directly with some of the central figures of Less Wrong, especially Luke(prog) and Anna Salamon.
  • Work from home most of the time.
  • Trial period of part-time work at $13/hr; if all goes well then get hired as a contractor for full-time work or more (if you're available) at $15/hr.


  • Capable of self-management and figuring things out. An example instruction is "Find me three ghost writers who have previously published best-selling science books and figure out how much they cost." We don't have time to figure out how one goes about doing that, so we need our virtual assistants to be able to do research (by internet and phone) to figure out how to do that.
  • Be generally on-board with with rationality and existential risk mitigation. (This makes communication and goal coordination easier.)
  • Be clear and professional in emails and (much less often) on the phone.


How to apply:

Send an email to jobs@intelligence.org with the subject line "Virtual Assistant Position." Attach your résumé if you have one, or at least describe why you think you'd be good at this job. Also list other skills and experience you have, even if you're not sure they'd be relevant.

Comments (4)

Comment author: beoShaffer 25 February 2012 03:55:14PM 4 points [-]

Find me three ghost writers who have previously published best-selling science books and figure out how much they cost.

Do you want applicants to actually do this as a test? Do you actually want the ghost writers?
Unfortunately, my schedule won't let me apply. But the first one seems like a good way to screen applicants, and I have some contacts that may allow me to find you those ghost writers, if it is actually important.

Comment author: lukeprog 26 February 2012 01:56:48AM 2 points [-]

No need to do this test; my current non-virtual assistant has already partly completed the project.

Comment author: red 10 October 2012 10:16:55PM *  1 point [-]

Somewhat new to Less Wrong (arrived at Common Sense Atheism two years after it's inception) but wondering if there is still a need for a dedicated virtual assistant interested in all of the above?

Comment author: lukeprog 10 October 2012 11:45:37PM 0 points [-]

Possibly. Please contact malo@intelligence.org.