*Associate Research Program Manager

Remote /
Research – Project Management /
Protocol Labs’ Associate Research Program Manager (ARPM) ten week summer program is an opportunity for undergraduates to learn how to build and direct a research program by assisting in the creation and oversight of Protocol Labs’ research initiatives and the management of PL’s research portfolio, and by conducting meta-research analyses.

Research at Protocol Labs

We’re not an ordinary research lab. We’re working hard to build the core protocols of the decentralized web pursuant to our vision for the future of the Internet. As part of our research team, you’ll be enabling outcomes at the forefront of our mission. Our research team is granted both the freedom to develop knowledge by working on novel applications and the responsibility to contribute those skills toward advancing the flagship projects of Protocol Labs and the research endeavors of leading institutions in the field. You’ll feel at home working with us if your knowledge and optimism enable you to craft creative solutions working around evolving needs.

Running from late June to early September (exact dates negotiable by cohort), the ARPM program is a chance for early-stage researchers to explore alternative career opportunities within the research ecosystem and gain experience developing, executing, and evaluating a cross-disciplinary research program within a technology startup environment.  ARPMs will learn how research labs are run and funded, how research consortia are established and coordinated, and how fundamental research relates to the development of  practical applications. With the support of the research management team,  ARPMs will pursue a research project focusing on how to understand and improve the pace of scientific progress.

As an Associate Research Program Manager at Protocol Labs, you will ...

    • Work closely with a Research Program Manager who will support and mentor you for the duration of the summer
    • Work cross-functionally with internal and external researchers, engineers, and internal stakeholders to set research priorities
    • Create research program specifications that effectively communicate research priorities to all stakeholders in the broader research ecosystem
    • Design and implement evaluation metrics for our research initiatives
    • Improve support for underrepresented groups in company-sponsored activities
    • Work with a small cohort of  your fellow ARPMs on a collaborative meta-research project
    • Learn how to thrive in a remote, globally-distributed, mission-driven startup

You may be a fit for this role if ...

    • You have completed at least two years of undergraduate study in a computational discipline (Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Physics)  at the time of application
    • You know how to effectively research and present a project proposal
    • You have a deep interest in scientific research, epistemology, meta-research, decision theory, and/or the history of science and engineering
    • In collaborative research efforts or group projects, you are often the one taking the lead to construct roadmaps, delegate responsibilities, and support the overall project toward completion
    • You enjoy helping research projects succeed, even when you are not directly involved in the research

Bonus points …

    • You have experience doing targeted outreach, such as organizing a student club or conference
    • You have worked as a research assistant or analyst in a University research project
    • You have a demonstrated interest  in applied mathematics, crypto-economics, cryptography, or distributed systems
    • You keep a zettelkasten or bullet journal

How to Apply:

    • Submit application with CV and cover letter (click “Apply for this job” to see cover letter prompts).
    • Have one letter of recommendation emailed to research@protocol.ai from the professional email address of your letter writer. Email subject should read “ARPM Letter: [applicant first and last name]”.
    • Complete the above steps no later than 11:59pm, Pacific Standard Time (PST), on January 15, 2021.
    •  Decisions will be communicated on or before February 15th.
What’s it like to work at Protocol Labs?
Protocol Labs mission is to improve humanity’s most important technology, the Internet. We build protocols, systems, and tools to improve how it works. Today, we are focused on how we store, locate, and move information. Our projects include IPFS, Filecoin, libp2p, and more.

As a distributed team, we hire anywhere in the world, and at various levels of experience (entry, senior, staff). We look for people with unique perspectives and diverse backgrounds.

We have a great benefits package, including parental leave, contributions to your retirement, competitive pay, and unlimited time off. For U.S.-based employees, we also provide platinum-level health, dental, and vision coverage for you and your family.