Research assistant to the editor-in-chief

Cambridge, MA

Are you fascinated by the latest technological advances and research? Do you want to get into media? MIT Technology Review is looking for someone motivated, curious, ambitious, and organized to work directly with its editor-in-chief, Gideon Lichfield.

The mission

MIT Technology Review is a world-renowned name in technology news. We cover tech at the cutting edge, where it’s just emerging into the world. And we recently revamped our mission: to make technology more of a force for good, through authoritative, influential, and trusted coverage that leads to better decision-making by those who build, use, and regulate technology. We benefit from our close ties to one of the world’s top research institutions while enjoying strict editorial independence. And we’re expanding.

The opportunity

You’ll be at Gideon’s right hand as he works to take MIT Technology Review to new heights. About half your time will be spent doing research for him on a variety of technological topics as preparation for speaking engagements, conferences, and interviews with technology leaders, and producing notes, briefings, and presentations. The other half will be divided between managing his calendar, travel and other administrative tasks, and helping out with newsroom jobs such as the online publication of our bi-monthly print magazine.

While you will work directly with Gideon, you will also be a member of the editorial team and interface with every other aspect of the organization, including the marketing, events, and leadership teams. You’ll be working among some of the smartest technology writers in the world and learning about how a modern media company operates. 

The ideal candidate 

  • You will have excellent organizational skills with meticulous attention to detail and accuracy.
  • You will have strong research and written and verbal communication skills.
  • You have the ability to work collaboratively and independently.
  • You feel comfortable working with individuals at all levels of the organization.
  • You are proficient in Microsoft Office or similar productivity software, and you have a familiarity with (or a willingness to learn) online publishing software. 
  • Preferred qualities include prior administrative experience, experience with calendar management, a bachelor’s degree in a technology-related field, and experience working in a newsroom. Fluency in Chinese would be an added bonus (but certainly isn’t a requirement).