Course Writer

San Francisco, CA /
Content /
Contract Remote
About Brilliant

Brilliant is a tight-knit team of scientists, educators, engineers, designers, storytellers, and illustrators who are redesigning education at scale. 

We believe that math and science are fascinating and beautiful, but that the tools widely used to teach it are dry and ineffective. Brilliant makes learning STEM fun, through problem solving and interactive explorations – from foundational math and science to cutting-edge computer science and professional topics.

Brilliant helps over 9 million students, professionals, and lifelong learners around the world cultivate problem solving skills, build intuition, and master concepts rather than memorize them. To understand more about our approach, see our learning principles.

You can see all open roles and learn more about our team culture on our Careers page.

The Role

You will design learning experiences centered around interactive problem solving in math, science, or computer science. Brilliant makes delightful content for learners with a wide range of experience levels: from Pre-Algebra ideal for middle school students, to Math, Algorithm Fundamentals, or Scientific Thinking for a life-long learner looking to rebuild their relationship with STEM, to Quantum Computing for a professional programmer looking to break into a new field.

You will join a diverse group of educators on content team, and this role can grow to be highly cross-functional. Building a course on Brilliant requires close-knit collaboration with design and engineering teams to create effective, beautiful images and interactive experiences to illuminate concepts.

This is a remote work position.

Your Responsibilities

    • Write delightful active learning experiences that teaches people how to think, not how to memorize concepts or equations.
    • Challenge the current school curriculum standards and experiment with new teaching methods and narratives.
    • Provide a sense of what makes each new concept useful and predict what misconceptions and and misapplications might be the likely culprits of confusion when put to use.
    • Develop a narrative voice that empowers learners while distilling complex topics down to their components.
Who are you?

You’ve developed a strong grounding in math, science, or computer science that extends beyond traditional curricula. You can code something up in Python to solve a problem but you’re familiar with paradigms like functional programming (most of our interactives are made in Elm!). You’re familiar with modern interpretations of math and science (information theory, networks, and computation) and you’re comfortable using them to frame concepts to beginners. Everyone says you have a way with words when communicating even challenging concepts, and your writing skills (in English) are top notch.

Through your own personal education journey (whether it was inspiring or disappointing), you’ve developed strong opinions about how to teach, and what makes a problem or explanation great. Along the way, you've had to teach yourself some difficult topics, and you viscerally understand the difficulty of working with existing texts or online resources.

Finally, you’re knowledgeable about active learning, and you want to build a way for people to learn by doing, and eventually make lectures, videos, and PDFs full of powerpoint slides a thing of the past.

Application process:

We're always on the lookout for talented STEM educators and storytellers, but typically the open roles match with content areas that we are working on at any given time. Right now we're especially on the lookout for computer scientists.

In your application, please make clear what area of STEM you're most interested in writing content for along with a sample of your own writing in that area – this could be a problem set, an educational blog post, or a set of online lessons.

If your interests match open projects, we will reach out and send our STEM writing exercise. If there isn't a good match with our current batch of courses, we will keep your application in mind as we plan future projects.