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Subject Editor

Who we are

Our mission is to make the world a better place by unleashing the potential of billions of students worldwide. We believe that the current education system is broken because it rarely takes advantage of our personal motivations, leverage what science tells us about how our brains learn best, or use technology and big data to optimize and validate it's methods.  

We're solving the 7 trillion dollar problem of one-size-fits-all education by creating a next-generation learning platform that makes learning fun and fiercely effective -- and that gets better the more we use it.  The first application of our platform serves pre-meds and medical students.  We currently serve 1 out of every 8 medical students across the country and are on pace to make it 1 out of 4 by the end of 2014.  

What we're looking for

Firecracker is looking for cooperative, team-oriented, and consistent pre-medical, medical, and PhD students who are passionate about our mission and want to work in a supportive and family-like environment that prizes standardization and celebrates high attention to detail and error-free work.  

The ideal candidate will love the opportunity to author and edit topics from 1 subject of their choosing for the academic year (or remainder thereof).  Most Subject Editors choose a subject they are currently studying and that they have a strong interest in (e.g. anatomy, cardiology, emergency medicine, and others). 

Firecracker is headquartered in Cambridge Massachusetts, but we are also looking for candidates who live elsewhere.  

Subjects we are currently recruiting Subject Editors for: 

  • College-level General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Sociology, Psychology, Biochemistry
  • Medical school level Anatomy, Behavioral Science, Biochemistry, Embryology, Immunology, Microbiology, General Pathology, Pharmacology, Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Hematology/Oncology, Nephrology, Neurology, Orthopedics & Rheumatology, Psychiatry, Pulmonology, and Reproductive systems
  • Medical school level Clinical Neurology, Clinical Psychiatry, Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, Gynecology, Clinical Cardiology, Clinical Endocrinology, Clinical Gastroenterology, Clinical Hematology & Oncology, Clinical Infectious Disease, Clinical Nephrology, Clinical Orthopedics & Rheumatology, Clinical Pulmonology, Obstetrics, and Pediatrics

Specifically, we want someone who is/has: 

  • Cooperative, unselfish, consistent, methodical, relaxed, friendly, detail-oriented, and self-disciplined
  • Strong academic credentials, GPA and test scores
  • Teaching experience
  • Strong writing skills
  • A current or recent Firecracker user 
  • Available for a brief (15 minute) video call once a week
  • Willing to do whatever it takes to help Firecracker and her users succeed and adopt new roles and responsibilities on an as-needed basis

Subject Editors must first complete a screening project in which they author a minimum of two topics and two exam-like questions.  Once offered a contract, Subject Editors are expected to work 5-10 hours a week and own their chosen subject for the entire academic calendar (or remainder thereof if they start late into the year).  The academic year begins in August and runs through August of the next year.

All of our editors start off as Subject Editors and most stay with us for many years and eventually join our editorial or advisory boards once they become attendings, run their own labs or become professors.  In between, those who want to mentor and manage others have the opportunity to do so (i.e. as Senior Editors or Managing Editors). 

Our goal is to recruit the best and brightest and do whatever we can to keep them involved throughout their careers.  Our mission to make the world a better place by unleashing the potential of billions of students worldwide will outlive us all.  Therefore, we want people who see our work at Firecracker as core to their own sense of purpose.  

What you'll get:

  • The immense satisfaction that comes from doing something critical for the advancement of humanity alongside other extraordinarily awesome people
  • Rapid intellectual and professional growth
  • A supportive and family-like environment that prizes standardization and celebrates high attention to detail and error-free work
  • $15/hr
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