The famous British physicist, Stephen Hawking, has shared probably the most interesting job listing that I’ve ever seen.
Aside from being a physicist, Hawking may be best known for his fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which has left him close to completely paralyzed. After a tracheotomy, Hawking lost the use of his voice and now relies on an intricate computer system mounted to the back of his wheelchair that synthesizes his speech.
Last week, a job posting appeared on his personal website, called out with the following image of the system that allows him to speak and control functions throughout his house, like turning the TV on and off:
Check out the requirements to become Hawking’s assistant, which are as intense as the device strapped to the back of his chair:
The original purpose of this position was “to aid Professor Hawking in those areas which he has difficulty due to his disability.” The job has since expanded and now includes:
- Managing national and international travel for Prof. Hawking and his care team. Expect to spend around 3 months per year abroad!
- Development and maintenance of Professor Hawking’s communication and speech systems
- Procurement and maintenance of his wheelchairs and accessible van
- Preparation of lecture graphics and public speaking
- Dealing with the media and press
- Answering inquiries from the public and maintaining the website
The post requires a wide range of skills, most importantly:
- Ability to work under pressure
- Maintenance of “black box” systems with no instruction manual or technical support
- Computer literacy
- Electronics knowledge
- Ability to speak to a large audience
- Ability to show others how to use complex systems
The right person is going to have to be a mix between MacGyver and a pop star, given all of the technical and public speaking requirements.
How much does it pay you ask? Around 25,000 pounds, which is the equivalent to $38,500 U.S. Sounds like a great opportunity, but even I wouldn’t take something like this on for that kind of money. If you’re a brave soul who lives in the U.K. or would move for a once in a lifetime opportunity like this, you can apply here.