Illumina Innovates with Rancher and Kubernetes
Research assistants are members of the Rancher Writing Program.
Research assistants help accelerate the process of producing high quality articles by conducting technical research on interesting topics like Kubernetes, CI/CD, cloud-native application development, and more. After agreeing on a subject, research assistants conduct research, compile notes, and create a detailed article outline. Afterwards, a Rancher writer will use the compiled information to create technical articles for the Rancher community.
If you prefer to write articles in addition to research, consider the writing role instead. Rancher compensates research assistants on a per-project basis.
We use the following workflow to align expectations and produce great content.
If this is your first time working on content with Rancher, your first step will be to apply to the program. If we've contacted you about working as a research assistant, you do not need to apply.
To submit an application, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line Research assistant application. Include the following information:
We can only evaluate applications based on the information you submit, so be sure to include as much detail as you can.
We will review your application as soon as possible and reach out to let you know if we think you might be a good fit.
Once you've been accepted into the research assistant program, the next step is to work with Rancher staff to come up with an appropriate topic and determine the project scope and deliverables.
This stage of the process involves:
If you have ideas for articles that you would like to research, let your Rancher contact know so they can verify that it is a good fit for the library and isn't currently being worked on by somebody else. Take a look at the Rancher content library to get a sense of the topics that are already available. Your contact may also provide you with a list of topics to choose from.
After agreeing on a topic, share a brief outline of what you think the article should cover to ensure that both sides agree on the appropriate scope for the project. Once the outline is approved, we'll discuss the terms of the agreement and send over a contract for you to sign.
Once you agree to the terms, you can begin conducting research. Keep the project scope and the following deliverables in mind as you work. Start with the article research template to build out a research document that covers the following areas:
Submit the written material as a single plain-text document formatted in Markdown and remember to attach any reference images or screenshots.
Once you've created the above research assets, submit them to your contact for review. We evaluate submissions by looking for the following qualities:
Your contact will let you know if your submission needs additional work any of the above areas. After satisfying the requirements, payment will be issued and you can discuss additional projects with your contact.