*Who we are*
We’re Panda Planner. We create evidence-based tools to help people boost their productivity, up their joy, and live their best lives. We make a physical planner based on actual science that’s designed to heighten happiness. It’s simple, relatable, enjoyable—and it works. Now we’re bringing that approach to digital content with a no-nonsense, well-being blog and habit-building app. And you can help make it happen.
*What we want from you*
We have two options for research contributors:
We’re looking for high-quality contributors who have experience selecting and interpreting psychological and behavioral science research for a general audience. But we need more than summaries. We want actionable, step-by-step routines based on the findings.
We need writers who can scour the research, pull out the results, and give us a step-by-step breakdown of how someone might achieve a similar result. It’s about understanding the how of the study and making an action plan based on the details.
For example: In positive psychologist Martin Seligman’s book, Flourish, he outlines several “What went well” exercises. He suggests jotting down three things that went well during your day before you go to bed. In order to create a step-by-step routine based on this, we’d need this info:
1. What is the exercise?
2. What are the exact steps in the exercise?
3. What are the expected results? (i.e. What are the benefits of doing this?)
4. Where did you find this information? Provide links to the scientific studies and/or the resources that talked about it.
● Selecting studies that best support our topics and can break down into actionable plans
● Providing step-by-step action plans based on findings
● Outlining the exercise and benefits in simple terms, making the research accessible to a general audience
● Providing detailed sourcing information
● Hitting deadlines
We need researchers who can dig through the nitty-gritty of peer-reviewed studies, pull out the important details, and sum them up succinctly and accurately for the non-scientists of the world. And this goes way deeper than just abstracts—we want to represent the research correctly, and we want the best science on the subject.
Your on-point and accurate research summaries are the starting point for our articles. You do the research; we build creative content around it. It’s not traditional, but then again, neither are we.
● Selecting studies that best support our article topics, considering sample size, type of study, year of publication, validity, etc
● Providing accurate summaries of findings, even if that means adjusting article approach
● Summarizing study findings in simple terms, including study descriptions when necessary for context
● Pointing out any significant limitations or gaps in research to prevent article from overstating claims based on findings
● Hitting deadlines
*What we want from our content*
We want our content to inspire, inform, and bring about change without talking down to our readers or drowning them in jargon. We want seriously science-backed content that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Our content focuses on five themes:
*What you have*
1. Experience interpreting research correctly and succinctly for non-scientific audience
2. Ability to break down complex research into readable and accessible text
3. Familiarity with positive psychology researchers and concepts
4. Willingness to provide research summaries and/or action plans for use in digital content
5. Interest in enhancing well-being using the best tool available—science
*What we can give*
1. Details on how much and what type of research we want for each topic
2. Consistent work for the right contributors who can learn our approach over time
3. Opportunity to get in at ground level with an organization with big aspirations and the tools to get there
4. $75–$125 per project, depending on how many research summaries we need per topic
*What to do next*
1. Reply to this post and tell us why you’re the research contributor we need. Start it off with the words RESEARCH INTERPRETER so we know you’re paying attention.
2. Tell us what option interests you most or let us know if you’re in for both.
3. Provide 2–4 references including name, title, contact information, and working relationship
3. Include links to 2–4 writing samples that showcase your know-hows with explaining research in simple terms
Applications that do not follow instructions will be immediately disregarded. Thanks so much for your interest!
More than 30 hrs/week
More than 3 months3+ monthsProject LengthDuration
I am looking for a mix of experience and value