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Senior Visiting Research Fellow

We are looking for Senior Visiting Research Fellows to join the Legal Priorities Project for a fixed period of 3–12 months and take on a research project inspired by legal longtermism or our research agenda. As a Senior Visiting Research Fellow, you will be part of a team of researchers committed to tackling some of the world’s most pressing problems. In doing so, you will help us establish "legal priorities research" as an academic field. Your research will inform policymakers and litigators working on protecting the well-being of future generations and reducing existential risks.

We welcome applications from different levels of seniority (with at least a PhD in a relevant field or with equivalent qualifications, such as a JD or an LLM with extensive research experience). This includes postdoctoral, assistant professor, associate professor, or full professor level applicants. We also welcome applicants who currently hold an academic appointment elsewhere and wish to keep it during their visit, as well as applicants from outside of academia. Finally, this Visiting Fellowship is also open to researchers who are new to longtermism and wish to learn more about its applications in law.

There is no application deadline—you can apply anytime. We will evaluate applications on a rolling basis.

Expression of Interest

We welcome expressions of interest from researchers at any level of academic seniority (PhDs, postdocs, and professors). We would encourage you to get in touch with us if you are interested in law & governance of AI, biosecurity & pandemic preparedness, institutional design, or meta-research–in particular from a longtermist perspective.

Our Culture

Mission-oriented

Our mission is at the core of everything we do. We care deeply about protecting the interests of future generations and preserving the long-term potential of humanity. We work backwards from these long-term goals to prioritize the projects that we think are most promising and impactful.

Transparent

We constantly strive to communicate as transparently as possible, both internally and externally. We leave our egos at the (virtual) door and discuss ideas openly and honestly, letting the best ideas win. Honest criticism and feedback are both welcome and expected.

Global

We think globally. We aim to give all people and sentient beings equal consideration, across all jurisdictions and cultures. Our staff is spread around the world.

Warm, kind, and supportive

For most teammates, LPP is their main life project. We believe it is vital to have people on board with whom we genuinely love working. We aim to create a remarkably friendly work atmosphere.

Rational

We use evidence and careful analysis to tackle the world’s most pressing problems. We reason from first principles and value insights from a range of disciplines.

Giving

We are a team of givers who go above and beyond to support each other and share knowledge and feedback.

Working with us

The Legal Priorities Project is a nonprofit research organization that conducts and supports legal research that focuses on the protection of future generations and the long-term future. Though we are incorporated in the US, we are a global organization with staff based in multiple countries. Our team enjoys:

  • A fully remote work environment and flexible working hours
  • Attractive salaries
  • Five weeks of paid vacation, plus public holidays
  • An annual stipend for professional development and home office expenses
  • A friendly, open work culture that encourages feedback, collaboration, and
  • Support from our networks, operational assistance, and strategic help throughout the research process from planning to editing and publication.

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