We believe that unreasonably great results are best delivered by a highly creative, diverse group of humans working in concert.
OpenAI’s mission is to build safe AGI which benefits humanity, and we want our team to be representative of the world. Our team includes people of various nationalities, ages, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
We value potential as much as experience. Many of our top contributors had no deep learning experience prior to OpenAI—people learn the skills they need while also performing useful work along the way. Deep learning is a team sport, and we appreciate people who are exceptionally thoughtful and nice.
Learn about our hiring philosophy and process in our Interview Guide.
If you want to do software engineering, such as building our infrastructure, improving our robotics interfaces, or writing our Dota pipeline, no machine learning experience is required. Apply for our technical open positions.
If you want to get into deep learning, check out our Fellows, Interns, and Scholars programs. We are looking for people who want to learn to become core ML contributors within 6–18 months and we structure your work so you do useful work at every step while growing in ML.
Our culture is always evolving, and we believe new people can and should change how we operate and what we value. A few recurring themes stand out:
- Mission-driven. People at OpenAI care deeply about building AI in a way that benefits humanity.
- Goal-oriented. We move both quickly and deliberately to balance research and engineering objectives.
- Collaborative. Many of our biggest advances grew out of work done across multiple teams.
- Reflective. Building powerful technologies with the potential to impact society requires deep thought and discussion.
- Growth mindset. We believe in the power of feedback, and encourage a mindset of continuous learning and growth.
- Health, dental, and vision for you and your family
- Unlimited time off (we encourage 4+ weeks of vacation)
- Competitive leave for new parents
- Professional learning and development stipend
- 401(k) plan
- Catered lunch and dinner each day
- Flexible work hours
The Robotics team works on building a general-purpose robot that can perform a wide range of tasks using meta-learning in both simulated and real-world environments.
The Algorithms team makes fundamental advances on the frontier of machine learning. Topics of interest include unsupervised learning and representation learning, robust perception, out of domain generalization, and reasoning.
The Language team works to improve the language understanding and generation capabilities of AI systems. They are working towards building a flexible and reusable core of language capabilities for general AI systems.
The RL team performs fundamental research on sample-efficient reinforcement learning via meta-learning, aiming to train agents to master previously unseen games as fast as humans can.
The Multi-Agent team’s mission is to develop and understand multi-agent learning as a means towards unbounded growth of human-compatible intelligence.
The Foresight team (within Safety) systematically studies patterns in ML training and performance, with an eye towards predicting the future performance and resource needs of AI systems.
The Clarity team (within Safety) designs abstractions, interfaces, and ways of thinking that enable humans to meaningfully understand, supervise and control AI systems.
The Reflection team (within Safety) studies algorithms for learning and applying models of human values during ML training, with an emphasis on scalability to highly capable agents.
The Infrastructure team manages OpenAI’s compute clusters and develops tooling to accelerate research used across our organization.
The Hardware team develops efficiently scalable models and training techniques, and does pathfinding research to accelerate the development of next-gen AI hardware.
The Policy team derives its goals from the OpenAI Charter: ensure that AGI benefits all of humanity. Our mission is to create a stable international policy environment for the oversight of increasingly powerful AI technology.
The People & Operations teams work to recruit and develop a diverse set of talented people. We believe diversity and a culture of continuous learning are prerequisites for achieving safe, universally beneficial AGI.
The Finance team ensures the longevity of our organization by enabling us to make the right financial decisions at the right time, from seeking mission-aligned partners to generating financial reporting that reflects our research progress.
The Legal team enables OpenAI to advance our mission in a way that maximizes impact while safeguarding the company.
The Communications team works closely with all teams at OpenAI to design, write, and build content and experiences that can elegantly communicate our progress towards beneficial AGI to a wide audience.