Research Fellow

Remote /
Technical Team /
/ Remote
Prime Movers Lab invests in the founders of breakthrough scientific startups with the potential to transform billions of lives. Since launching in 2018, Prime Movers Lab has focused on six key areas including energy, infrastructure, transportation, agriculture, manufacturing, and human augmentation with over $1.2 billion of assets now currently under management.

At the core of our differentiated approach is our deep technical and scientific diligence used to evaluate groundbreaking technologies, along with a relentless commitment to serve and add value to every founder, investor, partner, and member of our ecosystem. We are expanding our fellowship program and are welcoming new experts as we aim to create a world of abundance for people everywhere.

We are offering fellowship opportunities to Ph.D. students and post-docs who want to gain exposure to venture capital and startups in deep technology. Fellows in this program will have an opportunity to dive deeply into an agreed-upon sector of interest where the focus will be on researching existing and emerging technologies, markets, companies, and potential customers for a shared area of interest. Fellows will seek out and engage with startups and experts in the field to help inform investment hypotheses and identify possible investment opportunities.

Fellows will publish a thought paper at the conclusion of their fellowship and may contribute to additional content creation and deal flow during their tenure. The fellowship is 16 weeks long, with the time commitment being 10-12 hours per week. Compensation for this role is $50 USD per hour.


    • Work with the investment partners to develop deep expertise in an investment sector identified by our General Partners.
    • Research and report out on current state of the art and emerging technologies within a given scientific sector of deep interest to the firm.
    • Produce a thought paper on an agreed upon sector of interest, with guidance from other team members.
    • Contribute to blogs, webinars, and other public facing content during their tenure.  
    • Evaluate, appropriately document, and report on new investment opportunities to meet deal flow objectives.
    • Participate on calls with entrepreneurs and support the development of new investment themes through primary research while also sourcing and identifying promising founders and startups in a specified sector. 


    • Ph.D. (completed or in progress) in physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering.
    • Must be a quick learner and self-starter that can get up to speed and has a strong desire to deeply understand technical areas outside their core expertise.
    • The required time commitment is 10 hours per week for 16 weeks.
    • Strong communication and presentation skills.
    • Team player mentality with a science and service focus.
    • Must be legally authorized to work for Prime Movers Lab in the United States.


    • A strong translational or applied research focus is preferred.  
    • Additional entrepreneurship, industry, or business experience is a plus.
    • Previous exposure to startups is preferred.