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Research Assistant

Seeking an inquisitive, detail-oriented, determined, and organized research assistant for Greg M. Epstein, the Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University and MIT and author of the New York Times bestselling book, Good Without God: What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe.

I work as a secular clergy person serving atheists, agnostics, and the nonreligious; I have also spent the past few years researching and writing about technology and ethics, for TechCrunch and elsewhere. I am currently writing a book, for MIT Press, about technology, religion, and humanity. The book will emphasize the importance of social, racial, and gender justice and equity, taking a critical lens to our modern technological society and the ways in which our devotion to tech can seem like a religion unto itself. That said, I am not against all tech, all the time - I just want to understand how it can be better used to improve the human condition for all people, rather than simply for the privileged few. The ideal candidate would find these questions and topics of strong interest and would be excited to work on a project exploring them.

Responsibilities would range from researching individual tech leaders, companies, and developments; to coordinating interviews with experts and sources of many kinds; to working on endnotes and tracking down various permissions to quote sources. It would be an inside look at the practical aspects of book publishing, as well as a chance to make meaningful contributions to important journalistic and philosophical conversations. I'm hoping to find someone who equally enjoys and excels at doing detailed and well-organized work and who wants the chance to explore and sharpen their own ideas and insights around some of the most important industries and discussions of our time. If you like working out all the details of and thus playing a meaningful role in creative projects, I'd love to hear from you and read about you!

So far I'm anticipating around 10 hours per week, give or take a bit, for the current academic year. Very flexible schedule. Someone local is great, but someone who can work effectively from anywhere else is fine too. I'm very happy to work around your deadlines with school, family, and other work obligations and will be extremely understanding about that sort of thing for the right person who, overall, has the time and energy to help with my project. Demonstrated previous successful experience with detail-oriented academic research of some kind is important.

NOTE: while it was convenient to make this job posting via our Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard and MIT account, this job is actually working with Greg Epstein in his individual capacity as an independent writer. You would not be working for the HCHM non-profit, or for Harvard University or MIT.

Brief further reading/listening if you want to familiarize yourself with my work: https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2018/05/mit-now-has-a-humanist-chaplain-to-help-students-with-the-ethics-of-tech/560504/ [1]; https://www.linkedin.com/posts/ted-conferences_zigzag-activity-6697195487629590528-cMLw/ [2]; https://theconversation.com/what-harvards-humanist-chaplain-shows-about-atheism-in-america-168237 [3]

  1. https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2018/05/mit-now-has-a-humanist-chaplain-to-help-students-with-the-ethics-of-tech/560504/
  2. https://www.linkedin.com/posts/ted-conferences_zigzag-activity-6697195487629590528-cMLw/
  3. https://theconversation.com/what-harvards-humanist-chaplain-shows-about-atheism-in-america-168237

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