New Position: Research Assistant

Position title: Research assistant for a new book on the biology of homes

Position Description

The successful candidate will work with Rob Dunn and his group to help write a book on the species that live in and around homes and their ecological, evolutionary, and human histories (Never Home Alone) for Little Brown, in partnership with the Sloan Foundation. The work will include doing library research, coordinating and organizing research done by others in the group, conducting a small number of interviews, writing short blog posts about the writing as it progresses, and summarizing existing work in the lab group that relates to the biology of the home. The successful candidate will work with a large group of scientists and artists. The work done will build upon existing research in the lab on shower head ecology, sourdough bread, chimpanzee nests, the wild life of homes, and backyard ants.

Work Schedule

Twenty to thirty hours per week, depending on the work necessary.

Departmental Required Skills

Candidate should show evidence of experience in writing for general audiences, library research, working in an environment where many different projects are ongoing, and the ability to coordinate and engage many different people.

Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education

Experience in interviewing and fact-checking are a plus, as is experience conducting interviews, experience making videos, knowledge of diverse cultures, and fluency in a non-English language. Materials gathered for the book are likely to be in many languages (including Akkadian, German, Arabic and Nuatl).

Proposed Hire Date

ASAP. If interested in this position, please email Lauren Nichols ( with your CV, a letter of interest, and a writing sample.