Research Operations Assistant

About Basis

Basis is a nonprofit applied AI research organization with two mutually reinforcing goals.

The first is to understand and build intelligence. This entails establishing the mathematical principles of reasoning, learning, decision-making, understanding, and explaining, and constructing software that embodies these principles.

The second is to advance society’s ability to solve intractable problems. This involves expanding the scale, complexity, and breadth of problems we can solve today and, more importantly, accelerating our ability to solve problems in the future.

To achieve these goals, we are building both a new technological foundation inspired by human reasoning, and a new type of collaborative organization that prioritizes human value

About the Role

This role is to support the research and operations of Basis. The tasks will be split between (i) organizational and administrative tasks, and (ii) researching and developing technology and practices that enhance our organizational capacities.

Applicants for this role will ideally have both technical ability and interest, and exceptional organizational and planning capacity.

Key Qualifications:

  • Experience: Two years experience in an operations role, preferably in a fast-moving company.
  • Exceptionally well-organized and communicative.
  • Nimble: Quick at executing and can react dynamically to changing needs.
  • Suited to a startup environment: Able to progress with high degree of autonomy, and under uncertainty. Gets things done. Is able to juggle diverse responsibilities.
  • Collaborative spirit: Comfortable working closely with research teams and understanding their needs.
  • (Ideally) Some coding experience.

What We Offer:

  • A collaborative and supportive work environment.
  • An opportunity to be at the forefront of AI research and its applications.
  • Engagement with complex, meaningful problems with societal impact.


  • Recruiting and Hiring: Sourcing of candidates, coordinating virtual interviews and onsite visits, planning recruitment events, and facilitating hiring decisions.
  • Employee management: Coordinating completion of employee performance reviews, tracking employee spend, planning travel and hotel arrangements for in-person events and offsites.
  • Culture: Ensuring we are living up to our guiding principles and values, and implementing practices to make our staff happier and more effective.
  • Public-facing materials: Website management; developing slides and writing up material for public presentation and branding.
  • (Ideally) Technical development of operations projects: Contributing to development of internal software products that improve our operational processes.

Role Details

  • FT/PT: This is a full-time position.
  • Location: In person in NYC.
  • Salary range: Competitive salary and benefits.

Apply here.