I just wanted to let everyone know that the Global Catastrophic Risk Institute is putting out a preliminary, informal, open call for people at all career points interested in working on any aspect of global catastrophic risk.

Of particular interest are

  • Scholars and professionals at intermediate and senior career points (Ph.D. graduates and up, or equivalent professional experience) whose work overlaps with GCRI’s primary active projects on social and policy dimensions of AI, especially as documented here, or with our primary agenda of cross-risk evaluation and prioritization as documented here.
  • Scholars and professionals at intermediate and senior career points, especially people with backgrounds in social and policy fields or in risk and decision analysis, who are seeking to get more involved in global catastrophic risk and who would like to talk with us about how their existing expertise could apply.
  • Students and junior professionals who are interested in contributing to GCRI’s work, especially those who anticipate a career focused on similar global catastrophic risk topics, and especially on social and policy dimensions of AI as documented here or on cross-risk evaluation and prioritization as documented here.
  • Students and junior professionals who are interested in careers in global catastrophic risk, especially people interested in the interface between social/policy dimensions and science/technology dimensions, who could use advice on how to orient their studies and professional activities.

We welcome inquiries from people anywhere in the world. For logistical reasons, we have some preference for people based in the US or elsewhere in the Americas. People from underrepresented demographic groups are especially encouraged to reach out.

We also welcome inquiries from other organizations searching for global catastrophic risk talent to see if people in GCRI’s network would be a good fit for positions they have to offer.

We regret that our finances do not permit us to offer funding to collaborators right now, though we are actively fundraising and may be able to offer funding in the near future.

People interested in speaking with us or collaborating with us should email me, Robert de Neufville, at robert [at] gcrinstitute.org with a short description of their background and interests, as well as what they hope to get out of their interaction with GCRI. Please also include a resume/CV and/or link to your professional website, and note the city or area you are based in.

We look forward to hearing from you!


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Hi, I'm curious, what are the main aims, expectations and things you hope will come from this call out? Cheers

Thanks for your interest!

We really want to encourage talented people to get involved with and make careers working on GCR issues. We believe it's an important part of our work to help build the GCR community. It's also a way for us to get to know people interested in connecting with the community.

Thanks to everyone for the great response so far! I'll actually be away until July 8, so if you are interested in our call for advisees and collaborators, please contact Dr. Seth Baum, seth [at] gcrinstitute.org until then.