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Director of Research

Earth Species Project

Earth Species Project









Middle or junior management

Mgmt responsibilities: 


Date posted:



About the Role

We are looking for a thought leader in artificial intelligence with a track record of managing a team of researchers. ESP is still growing and you will have the opportunity to shape our long-term research agenda.

You will work with biology and machine learning experts to create understanding from entirely new scopes. You have experience leading research teams in designing algorithms that find structure in labeled and unlabeled data (audio, video, text, accelerometer, and other modalities).

You will also help cultivate a team of AI researchers, and will play a key role in hiring, mentoring, and hands-on career development. ESP’s AI researchers are responsible for developing and applying techniques in machine learning, bioacoustics, and ethology, disseminating their work in scientific publications, and collaborating on these efforts with other members of the AI team as well as with external biology partners.

In addition to your scientific work, you will help support ESP’s fundraising efforts by reviewing proposals and providing information to funders, as well as supporting external relations by conducting media interviews and meeting with collaborators. You will be responsible for collaborating with the communications, impact, and executive leadership teams to ensure that our AI research is aligned with ESP’s mission and goals.

You will have the opportunity to work with partners at various institutions like Cornell University, Imperial College of London, University of Oxford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California Davis, University of California Santa Cruz, University of St. Andrews, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, the Internet Archive, and the Jane Goodall Institute.

About the Organisation

Earth Species Project (ESP) is a non-profit organization focused on using artificial intelligence to advance our understanding of animal communication, and ultimately to decode non-human languages. We believe AI has the potential to transform the way we perceive the world around us, expanding the ability of human beings to learn from other species. Our hope is that this will make a significant contribution to altering human perspective on how we relate to the rest of nature.

ESP partners with biologists and machine learning researchers at leading universities and institutions around the world, and we are honored to be supported by many forward-looking philanthropists and groups including the National Geographic Society and the entrepreneur and author Reid Hoffman.

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