Note from Ben@VeganJobs.com This job may not align with everyone's definition of a "vegan job" as the focus is not on ending fish farming but rather on improving the welfare of the 400 billion shrimp that are farmed annually and suffering in various ways. The Shrimp Welfare Project has extensive information and research available on their website on this "effective altruism" inspired project. The question of whether to allocate resources towards reducing animal suffering, how to carry out these efforts, what projects might attract seed funding and be viable, and influence on the public's perception of their moral obligation towards animals, is a topic of intricate discussion within the vegan community. Please evaluate whether it aligns with your values and if you can add value to this role with your perspective. Keep in mind, some language on there initiative's website is targeted towards farmers and industry. If you have any feedback you wish to share with me, please do: ben@veganjobs.com


Summary of position:

  • Start date: April 3rd with some flexibility.
  • Department: Leadership.
  • Hours: full-time (40 hours per week), however will consider part-time for an exceptional candidate.
  • Location: Remote.
  • Salary: Competitive for similar roles in non-for-profits in the country of residence.
  • Duration: Permanent position with initial 3 months probationary period.
  • Vacation policy: Extreme flexibility while exercising Freedom and Responsibility.
  • How to apply: Apply using this link.
  • Deadline to apply: February 17th, 2023


How you will make a difference

We are looking for a proactive and detail-oriented Research Lead who is excited to lead and conduct research to support improving the welfare of farmed shrimps.

Your role, as Research Lead, will include the following:

  1. Leadership: You will be expected to lead a team of volunteer researchers, establish annual objectives, provide regular feedback and appropriate recognition, conduct annual performance reviews and support ongoing professional development.
  2. Research: Work closely with our Chief Impact Officer and Aquaculture Welfare Specialist to conduct shrimp welfare based research in line with SWP’s mission and vision.
  3. Content Creation: Preparing and authoring materials to educate, communicate strategies, key findings and implications. Some of your research may be used in conferences, and will need to be summarized for presentations.
  4. Project Management: Manage time efficiently to coordinate and execute project components, for multiple projects at a time in a deadline-driven, fast-paced environment.


What we need

  • Passion for SWP’s mission and relevant skills, such as:
    • Strong ability to synthesize academic literature and expert opinions.
    • Critically evaluate different types of evidence.
    • Draw conclusions from limited evidence with logical and transparent reasoning.
    • Communicate key findings to a general audience.
  • Quantitative analysis skills:
    • Comfortable using Excel for analysis.
    • Ability to interpret statistical results, e.g. regressions.
  • Excellent level of spoken, reading, and written English skills.
  • Strong leadership skills with the highest level of integrity, quality, collaboration, and authenticity.
  • Exceptional level of attention to detail and organization.
  • Ability to prioritize and be proactive.
  • Commitment to being a team player with a growth mindset who is comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, and is adept at finding common ground with parties with whom you may disagree.

You can see more about what makes a good Research Lead here.

We are open to candidates who may be stronger in some areas while still developing in others. We understand that applying for a new position takes effort and want to thank you in advance for taking the time to introduce yourself.  We can’t wait to meet you!


What would be a plus to have 

  • Minimum 2 years of research experience.
  • Experience in Effective Altruism/Animal Welfare research.
  • Interest in expanding existing academic knowledge on shrimp welfare.
  • Knowledge of and alignment with the core values of Effective Altruism.


Benefits of working at SWP

  • You will improve the lives of billions of animals.
  • Raise a greater awareness of the importance of improving shrimp welfare.
  • Be part of a highly skilled, driven and diverse team of passionate individuals from all over the world.
  • Gain experience building and scaling a highly effective non-profit in a startup environment.
  • You will have a significant influence on the direction of the organization as a whole.
  • Gain access to a community of like-minded individuals.


Equal opportunity

SWP is committed to building a diverse and inclusive team. We encourage qualified individuals to apply, regardless of ethnic background, race, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, age, ability etc. Please contact us at info@ShrimpWelfareProject.org if you have any questions or concerns regarding accessibility, and we will endeavor to make adjustments throughout the process where possible.

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About Shrimp Welfare Project

Shrimp Welfare Project is an organization in the Effective Altruism space. Effective Altruism (EA) and the idea that sentient beings deserve consideration are the core values that our team shares. EA is a philosophical and social movement that advocates the use of evidence and reasoning to determine the most effective ways to benefit others. Learn more at effectivealtruism.org - it’s really important for us!

Our mission is to improve the welfare of billions of shrimps, in the most cost-effective way possible. To achieve this, we have a three-pronged strategy:

  • Supply-side: work with producers in India and Vietnam to help them address a number of issues related to shrimp farming, including but not limited to water quality.
  • Demand-side: reaching out to relevant stakeholders (such as seafood importers in Europe) to commit to sourcing their shrimps from producers that fulfill certain higher welfare standards.
  • Outreach: In addition to our supply- and demand-side work, we aim to increase the awareness of shrimp welfare as a cause area by participating in relevant conferences and webinars.  We engage in discrete research projects within SWP, distributing our findings where beneficial, and assist in academic research where possible..

In the medium term, we aim to transition consumption towards a (today inexistent) market for higher-welfare shrimps.

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