Wild-Animal Suffering Research Position

We are looking to hire several paid full-time, part-time, or intern researchers to explore how to reduce wild-animal suffering, with a focus on environmental choices and policy.

For example, the researcher might write about the net impact on wild animals of crop cultivation, ocean acidification, insecticide use, meat production, geoengineering, and/or poverty reduction. The research could also explore high-level, foundational questions related to suffering in nature. Here are some examples of this kind of work:

  • Climate Change and Wild Animals
  • Trophic Cascades Caused by Fishing
  • Estimating Aggregate Wild-Animal Suffering from Reproductive Age and Births per Female
  • The output venue may include essays for our website, journal articles, popular articles, YouTube videos, lectures, etc.

    Our ethical perspective is antispeciesist and sentience-focused, and given that the overwhelming majority of wild animals die very shortly after birth, we tend to take a pessimistic view of their current situation (as we do for farm animals).

    Work can be done remotely with no set working hours. If hired, you could start at any time. Most of the work would be independent and self-driven but with occasional suggestions from senior staff. There is no travel required. Language requirement is research proficiency in English.

    Please send your application to contact@nullfoundational-research.org. Applications should as a first step include

    1. a CV or link to comparable information such as a LinkedIn profile
    2. a short, informal email about yourself, why you are interested in us, why you would be a good fit, and examples of research topics you would most like to pursue.

    Please type ‘Wild-animal researcher position’ in the email subject line.

    To apply for other research positions at our organization, see this page.