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AI strategy & governance

The development of powerful AI doesn’t only pose the technical challenge of the control problem, but also major political and social challenges. AI policy is fast becoming an important area, but policy-makers are mostly focused on short-term issues like how to regulate self-driving cars, rather than the key long-term issues such as the geopolitical and existential risks associated with the technology.

The following is a list of positions that we think would be a good career step for a lot of people who want to work on policy or strategy relevant to AI. Some are directly focused on AI. Others are a great way to launch your policy career by gaining skills, experience, and a network in national security or technology policy. If you could make a contribution to this area, it’s likely to be one of the highest-impact things you could do with your life. This is particularly true because a significant amount of funding has emerged for this research in the last two years, but several of the most relevant organisations struggle to find people with the right skills, meaning that the area is highly talent-constrained.

To learn more about this area, see our problem profile on AI, our guide to working on AI strategy and governance and our podcast archive.

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If you have a good shot at getting any of these positions, we’d be keen to discuss your next career decision in-person. We’re in touch with most of the employers on this list, so we can sometimes provide introductions or information about roles that have not yet been advertised.

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You are viewing our curated list of the most promising publicly advertised vacancies we’re aware of. They’re all high-impact opportunities at organisations that are working on some of the world’s most pressing problems. These positions are demanding, but if you’re a good fit for one of them, it could be your best opportunity for impact.

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Work on our top recommended problems

These positions focus on the global problems where we expect additional work to have the biggest impact. This list is particularly focussed on opportunities to reduce extinction risks or positively influence the long-term future. It includes promising opportunities for direct impact, and also roles that will help you get the career capital you need to work directly on these areas later.

Work on other pressing problems

These positions focus on global problems that we consider to be among the most pressing. We expect additional work in these areas to be highly valuable, but it seems less likely to reduce extinction risks or positively influence the long-term future.

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The roles we list here are very demanding. If they seem out of reach right now, see our article on how to invest in yourself to maximise your impact in the long-term, or scroll down for more suggestions on how to find leads.

Organisations we recommend

Some of the highest-impact jobs are never advertised and are instead created for the right applicants. So below is our list of what we think are some of the best organisations working on some of the world’s most pressing problems. These are all potentially very high-impact places to work in any role, and many can help you to develop great career capital.

Our top priority areas:

Note: Our investigation of this area is only shallow, so we are not confident in our analysis and recommendations. See the Open Philanthropy Project’s overview of this area for more detail and a longer list of organisations.

Other promising areas:

Advocacy for animals on factory farms

Development of meat substitutes

Other places to find vacancies

This board contains a curated list – it does not aim to be comprehensive. If you want to do a thorough search, you should check organisation websites directly. You can also find more vacancies and volunteer opportunities on the Effective Altruism Jobs Facebook Group, the Effective Altruism newsletter, and the EA Work Club website.

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