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Researcher, Alignment Science

Alignment - San Francisco

About the Team

OpenAI’s Alignment Science research teams are working on technical approaches to ensure that AI systems reliably follow human intent even as their capabilities scale beyond human ability to directly supervise them. 

We focus on researching alignment methods that scale and improve as AI capabilities grow. This is one component of several long-term alignment and safety research efforts at OpenAI, which we will provide more details about in the future.

About the Role

We are seeking Researchers to help design and implement experiments for alignment research. Responsibilities may include:

  • Writing performant and clean code for ML training

  • Independently running and analyzing ML experiments to diagnose problems and understand which changes are real improvements

  • Writing clean non-ML code, for example when building interfaces to let workers interact with our models or pipelines for managing human data

  • Collaborating closely with a small team to balance the need for flexibility and iteration speed in research with the need for stability and reliability in a complex long-lived project

  • Understanding our high-level research roadmap to help plan and prioritize future experiments

  • Designing novel approaches for using LLMs in alignment research

You might thrive in this role if you:

  • Are excited about OpenAI’s mission of building safe, universally beneficial AGI and are aligned with OpenAI’s charter

  • Want to use your engineering skills to push the frontiers of what state-of-the-art language models can accomplish

  • Possess a strong curiosity about aligning and understanding ML models, and are motivated to use your career to address this challenge

  • Enjoy fast-paced, collaborative, and cutting-edge research environments

  • Have experience implementing ML algorithms (e.g., PyTorch)

  • Can develop data visualization or data collection interfaces (e.g., JavaScript, Python)

  • Want to ensure that powerful AI systems stay under human control

About OpenAI

OpenAI is an AI research and deployment company dedicated to ensuring that general-purpose artificial intelligence benefits all of humanity. We push the boundaries of the capabilities of AI systems and seek to safely deploy them to the world through our products. AI is an extremely powerful tool that must be created with safety and human needs at its core, and to achieve our mission, we must encompass and value the many different perspectives, voices, and experiences that form the full spectrum of humanity. 

We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status. 

For US Based Candidates: Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities, and requests can be made via this link.

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Compensation

$245K – $450K