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Speculative Technologies is a nonprofit research organization founded by Ben Reinhardt, with a mission to create an abundant, wonder-filled future by unlocking powerful materials and manufacturing technologies that lack a home in existing institutions.
Inspired by the US government's DARPA program, Reinhardt envisions a privately funded system to drive innovation.
The organization aims to address the cracks in the current innovation ecosystem and prevent game-changing technologies from being lost.
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First cohort of field strategists
Speculative Technologies has opened applications for its first cohort of field strategists.
This nine-month program aims to identify talented individuals who can design research programs for the development of cutting-edge materials and manufacturing technologies.
A training ground for field strategists
The field strategist role is designed to develop professionals who can identify leverage points in potentially impactful research fields and create a detailed roadmap to unlock powerful technology.
This program is ideal for those who want to influence the trajectory of technology beyond what a single lab or company could do.
Why should you apply?
This opportunity is perfect for technologists and researchers who feel constrained by their current roles in academia, industry, or startups.
Field strategists will be able to build networks of people excited about their vision, design research programs, and work on big-if-true technologies in materials and manufacturing.
What to expect from the program
Field strategists will be provided with a $10,000 monthly salary, coaching on how to effectively coordinate groups, access to Speculative Technologies' network of researchers, businesses, and funders, and potentially a full-time role running the program.
The role is remote, but travel will be necessary for visiting labs and building relationships.
Who should apply?
Ideal candidates include individuals with a Ph.D. who have industry experience, postdocs or professors frustrated with their current academic environment. Also those with experience in funding organizations, and technically-trained entrepreneurs who believe a startup is not the best way to realize their technology vision.
How to apply and achieve success
Applicants must have a passion for technology, spearhead research, and be willing to take extreme ownership of an idea.
Success in this role involves developing a clear, specific, and compelling research program that can secure funding, coordinate resources, and achieve specific goals in a five-year timeframe.
If you're interested in changing the course of your career and making a significant impact in the field of materials and manufacturing technology, don't miss this opportunity to become a field strategist with Speculative Technologies.