AI/ML Job: Research Engineer


Research Engineer at OpenAI

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ United States โ€บ California โ€บ San Francisco
  (Posted Apr 22 2022)

Job description
By applying to this role, you will be considered for Research Engineer roles across all teams at OpenAI.

About the Role
As a Research Engineer here, you will be responsible for building AI systems that can perform previously impossible tasks or achieve unprecedented levels of performance. We're looking for people with solid engineering skills (for example designing, implementing, and improving a massive-scale distributed machine learning system), writing bug-free machine learning code, and building the science behind the algorithms employed.

The most outstanding deep learning results are increasingly attained at a massive scale, and these results require engineers who are comfortable working in large distributed systems. We expect engineering to play a key role in most major advances in AI of the future.

We expect you to:
Have strong programming skills
Have experience working in large distributed systems
Be excited about OpenAIโ€™s approach to research

Nice to have:
Interested in and thoughtful about the impacts of AI technology
Past experience in creating high-performance implementations of deep learning algorithms

Below are some of our current teams and the work you may do on them.
Algorithms: Conduct exploratory research and drive algorithmic and architectural advances on the critical path to AGI. Algos has been responsible for a number of high profile OpenAI releases including GPT-2, Image GPT, Jukebox, DALL-E.
Alignment: Fine-tune large language models to perform tasks in accordance with the user's intentions. Explore learning from human feedback and decompose challenging tasks into simpler pieces that are easier to evaluate. Recent projects: InstructGPT, Book summarization
Applied AI Research: Develop innovative solutions and open-ended research to solve real-world problems. Care about applications driven by user feedback and long-term research โ€‹โ€‹with significant impact on products, while keeping a high safety product standard. Recent project: Text and Code Embeddings in OpenAI API
Code Generation: Research and develop AI programmers, the neural models that write, debug and improve computer programs. Creating AI which can solve hard symbolic reasoning problems is one of the most difficult problems in modern deep learning and you can attack it head-on. Seek new ways for increasingly powerful AI systems to interact with the world through a very general interface of computer code. Recent project: Codex that powered the creation of GitHub Copilot.
Language: Develop GPT advancements by exploring and forecasting future capabilities and resource needs. Seek a deep understanding of the scaling of our models across multiple orders of magnitude to optimize for best-case performance at the largest scale. Value impact over novelty โ€“ Team has found outstanding results from solid engineering with good design, implementation, and benchmarking.
Reasoning: The goal of the team is to create an artificial mathematician. This involves training language models to prove theorems, conjecture and verify proofs. Recent project: Solving formal math Olympiad problems.
Reinforcement Learning: Fine-tune large language models using RL to optimize meaningful objectives, such as providing informative and truthful answers to questions. Research how to improve and scale up RL from human feedback, and how to enable our models to carry out multi-step reasoning. Recent projects: WebGPT, Grade School Math.
Science of Deep Learning: Explore and understand the dynamics of training large models to guide both the training of current models and the trajectory of the next ones.

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.

At OpenAI, we believe artificial intelligence has the potential to help people solve immense global challenges, and we want the upside of AI to be widely shared. Join us in shaping the future of technology.

Benefits and Perks
Medical, dental, and vision insurance for you and your family
Mental health and wellness support
401(k) plan with 4% matching
Unlimited time off and 18+ company holidays per year
Paid parental leave (20 weeks) and family-planning support
Annual learning & development stipend ($1,500 per year)


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