Working in academia can be wonderful… BUT in researching topics like sexual pleasure, there’s inevitable pushback to frame it in terms of dysfunction or risk prevention… to tailor for clinicians or public health organizations not for all the billions of humans in non-clinical populations who might want to have more pleasure.
We’re looking for people who’d like to put the grant-world behind them and join a team with the means and mission to conduct and publish research about specific pleasure-strategies in different populations. You’ll design and conduct studies and publish 5-10 pleasure-focused papers per year in open-access journals – establishing a bottom-up, evidence-based range of what feels good, sexually, and why.
This position is full-time in our Berkeley, California office. We’re open to discussing relocation if it’s the right fit. (If you’re a professor and can’t move for a full-time position, but have published about pleasure and would like to collaborate or co-author, email firstname.lastname@example.org – we’d love to meet you.)
The Right Research Scientist Candidate Has:
– Published extensively and loves the process: from lit reviews to writing manuscripts to and submitting and revising manuscripts.
– A believe in open-access journals and a belief that the public should be able to decipher and benefit from published research (not just other scientists and clinicians.)
– Deep experience in study design, particularly survey-creation.
– Experience and familiarity with established happiness/well-being and thriving measures, not just measures of satisfaction or absence of dysfunction.
– Experience in various forms of thematic analysis of survey open-ended survey responses – and has the ability to not just find and sort clusters, but identify and appreciate innovative/insightful responses.
– A determined spirit willing to forge ahead and creatively find ways around seeming barriers – like the relative lack of established pleasure-specific measures and relative lack of background literature about specific sexual techniques.
– A tendency to suspend skepticism and envision potential solutions, even if they path to accomplishing them is not apparent at first.
– Empathy to hone in on what would be valuable to people in a population, not just what would be valuable to clinicians / public health organizations.
– Strong productivity and a self-directed ability to do all of the above on a schedule.