US-based Semiotics Assistant and Trends Researcher

This is a part-time position.

Gemic is looking for culturally aware, intellectually curious and academically talented individuals to assist with semiotics projects in the US on an ad hoc basis.

Gemic is a global growth strategy firm with offices in Helsinki, New York, Toronto and Berlin. We help some of the largest global companies solve their most difficult strategy challenges. Gemic has a world class semiotics offer. We use semiotics to uncover the codes of culture – the hidden meanings shaping the lifeworlds of consumers and their relationships with brands. We use these insights to better understand our clients’ challenges, to identify how culture is evolving, and to create platforms for growth that are innovative, future-proofed and culturally resonant.

We wish to build our cultural expertise in the US through connecting with a Semiotics Assistant to work closely with us on ad hoc projects. Your job will be to help us deliver world-leading perspectives on the big shifts and trends shaping consumer culture. Following briefs from the semiotics team, you will collect and analyse the “cultural texts” that underpin these perspectives. Your work will feed into project presentations and white papers. Additionally, a key part of your role will involve updating and managing a proprietary platform of semiotics data.

The ideal candidate

To succeed in this role you should:

  • be a bachelor’s or master’s student or graduate in the social sciences or humanities, with an excellent academic track record.
  • possess at least a passing knowledge of semiotics (even though a degree in semiotics is not required).
  • be highly analytical, rigorous, culturally-aware, with an interest in visual culture.
  • have excellent report-writing skills.
  • be organised, flexible and able to fit assignments into your schedule.


The work is flexible and approximately 16 hours a week. The role is, of course, remote; you’ll liaise with us via email, Slack and Skype. Ideally, however, you should be based within easy distance of large, culturally innovative urban centres in the US.

The rate of pay will be $20 an hour.

How to apply

If you’re interested in this role, please send your resume, a sample of your academic work, and covering email to

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