Part-time remote work opportunity: Assistant to Matthew Weed, PhD [position filled]

Dec. 14, 2021

Dr. Matthew Weed is a totally blind and very brittle type I diabetic graduate of the School of Public and International Affairs (MPA’95); a consultant and speaker on improving outcomes and access to healthcare for people with chronic health needs; an innovator in technology and education; and a motivational and topical speaker. He also helps students applying to colleges and health professions schools. His website is at

Matthew has degrees from Princeton, Yale, and Harvard universities; succeeded in helping many students get into US colleges and health professions schools; completed a rollerblading marathon; co-created technology that made books accessible to the blind; traveled around the world—twice; published in the academic literature; and worked at the National Institutes of Health and University of Wisconsin-Madison. His life proves that no matter the seeming obstacles, determination, discipline and creativity along with help from people who choose to get involved in others’ lives, can make anything possible for all of us.

Many of Matthew’s hundreds of former mentees are now leaders in healthcare, research and policy making. Dr. Weed’s life experiences facilitate his work with leading health professions schools on initiatives to cost-effectively improve patient outcomes while helping pre-health and health professions students learn how patients manage disease and disability in the world outside of the clinical setting. He is also co-developing new services to help people who are older and/or have visual impairments become more comfortable using technology to stay in better touch with everything from health professionals and events in the neighborhood to families and social networks.

As Matthew’s activities grow, he needs to find people who can help him with various tasks, many of which are semi-time-flexible and all of which can be done remotely. Note: the position is part-time, averaging five hours per week.

Duties may include:

  • Assistance building and running PowerPoint presentations for his fast-growing speaking practice. Talks are planned for Northwestern Med and U. Minnesota Dentistry. Others at Penn, Harvard and UCI Med are possible for example (MS PowerPoint experience needed)
  • Possible literature research for the projects he’s working on with partner institutions (including Samuel Merritt University and potentially UCSF Med).

Benefits and compensation:

  • Starting pay from $16-$18 per hour depending on education and experience.
  • Mentoring from Dr. Weed and others in his science, health, and policy networks will be available as will opportunities to work with people at leading schools.

Position requirements:

  • Ability to commit in writing to working with Dr. Weed for at least a year is strongly preferred.
  • Being self-disciplined, organized, timely and comfortable engaging with others are big pluses.
  • All tasks can be done remotely.

This position has been filled