AI Alignment Teaching Fellow

Support future researchers in positively steering the development of AI

Apply by 30 May

Who we are

We’re focused on helping people create a better future for humanity. We do this by designing and running courses on some of the world’s most pressing problems, and providing engaging and action-guiding experiences for individuals and organisations that want to make a positive difference.

BlueDot Impact was founded in August 2022 in Cambridge, UK, and grew out of a non-profit supporting students at the University of Cambridge to pursue high-impact careers. Our courses quickly gained traction, as many of the challenges facing students at the university were also faced by students and professionals worldwide. To learn more about our company’s story, check out this podcast interview with Dewi, one of our founding team members.

Thus far in 2023, we’ve supported over 1,000 people to learn about and contribute to AI safety and pandemic preparedness. During the first 6 months of 2024, we will:

  • Ship a new iteration of our courses each month to generate faster organisational learning and support more students (up from every 3-4 months in 2023);
  • Pilot new initiatives to increase the proportion of students taking impactful actions after graduating our courses; and
  • Build on our existing relationships with teams in the UK Government to support their AI Safety work, including the UK Office for AI and the UK’s AI Safety Institute.

What is a Teaching Fellow?

Our course facilitators guide weekly discussion calls with small cohorts of 6-8 students to help them understand the course topics, dig deeper into specific areas of interest and support participants with steps after the course.

Facilitators are typically assigned 1-2 cohorts, but we are launching a new facilitation approach, where some of the facilitators (known as ‘Teaching Fellows’) are on part- to full-time contracts, facilitating more cohorts and are more closely involved with ongoing curriculum and session plan development.

We’ve seen that facilitators who facilitate multiple cohorts tend to:

  • Deliver higher-quality learning experiences
  • Be better equipped to accelerate the impact of their participants after the course
  • Provide more nuanced feedback on the curriculum

We created this role because we are excited to work more closely with facilitators to improve their teaching skills and continuously improve the course material. We believe these improvements will help deliver higher-quality learning experiences to participants and accelerate their impact.

What you’ll do

Teaching Fellows will:

  • Facilitate 5-10 cohorts
  • Work closely with the course designer to improve the curriculum and session plans
  • Offer 1-1 calls with participants to support their learning and actions

Some ideas we had in mind to additionally support Teaching Fellows, which we are excited to shape with you include peer-to-peer feedback and mentoring new facilitators.

The start date for the first week of facilitator training is June 9, 2024. The fellowship will last 16 weeks.

Time demand will be roughly 15-30 hours per week, depending on the number of cohorts facilitated. All work will be fully remote.

If the initial 16 weeks go well, we’d be open to making this a longer-term role. We aim to run our courses back-to-back, meaning this could be a year-round position.

About you

We are looking for someone who is passionate about supporting researchers to positively develop future AI systems.

You might be particularly good for this role if you:

  • Previously facilitated a BlueDot Impact course or have experience using active learning techniques.
  • Are engaged with the materials in our curriculum or have written about or conducted research on topics related to AI safety.
  • Have a strong understanding of machine learning.
  • Are genuinely invested in the learning and potential for action of your participants

We encourage speculative applications; we expect many strong candidates will not meet all of the criteria listed here.

Location and compensation

This position is fully remote. We accept applications from anywhere in the world and will assign you to a cohort based on your given availability. Our participants are also spread around the world, so having global Teaching Fellows will complement this!

Compensation is based on the number of cohorts you facilitate and will fall in the range of £6,750-£12,600 for each round of the course.

Apply for this role

The application process consists of three stages:

  • Stage 1: Initial application (<20 minutes).
  • Stage 2: Interview (40 mins).
  • Stage 3: Reference checks.
Deadline: 30 May

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