Research Scientist, Learned Optimizer Team

OpenAI, San Francisco

Discovering and enacting the path to safe artificial general intelligence.

At OpenAI, we’re excited to pursue approaches to AI that improve with scale. Towards this end, we are spinning up a Learned Optimizer Team. This team will work on techniques that automate and optimize various parts of the process of training deep neural nets. This direction of research will enable faster and more efficient progress towards advanced AI capabilities and play a key role in the trajectory of OpenAI as an organization. 

As this is a nascent effort, we are looking for someone who has deep experience in relevant fields and will be able to operate autonomously and effectively amid high ambiguity, exercising technical leadership as well as good engineering practices to pursue transformative breakthroughs for the field of deep learning. You would be a founding member of this team and play a critical role in shaping its success.

We would especially be excited to talk to people with experience in one or more of the following fields (one is enough):

  • Learning data augmentations, activation functions, optimizers, device placement
  • Neural architecture search
  • Reinforcement Learning
  • Population-based training
  • Evolutionary strategies
  • Bayesian optimization with neural networks
  • Optimization theory

We expect you to have:

  • Self-direction and ability to develop, own and pursue a research agenda
  • Proficient programming skills
  • Experience building state of the art or production-scale ML systems, especially optimized for compute usage
About OpenAI
We’re building safe Artificial General Intelligence (AGI), and ensuring it leads to a good outcome for humans. We believe that unreasonably great results are best delivered by a highly creative group working in concert. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

This position is subject to a background check for any convictions directly related to its duties and responsibilities. Only job-related convictions will be considered and will not automatically disqualify the candidate. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Health, dental, and vision insurance for you and your family
Unlimited time off (we encourage 4+ weeks per year)
Parental leave
Flexible work hours
Lunch and dinner each day
401(k) plan

About OpenAI

OpenAI is a non-profit AI research company, discovering and enacting the path to safe artificial general intelligence. OpenAI's mission is to build safe AGI, and ensure AGI's benefits are as widely and evenly distributed as possible. We expect AI technologies to be hugely impactful in the short term, but their impact will be outstripped by that of the first AGIs. We're a non-profit research company. Our full-time staff of 60 researchers and engineers is dedicated to working towards our mission regardless of the opportunities for selfish gain which arise along the way. We focus on long-term research, working on problems that require us to make fundamental advances in AI capabilities. By being at the forefront of the field, we can influence the conditions under which AGI is created. As Alan Kay said, "The best way to predict the future is to invent it." We publish at top machine learning conferences, open-source software tools for accelerating AI research, and release blog posts to communicate our research. We will not keep information private for private benefit, but in the long term, we expect to create formal processes for keeping technologies private when there are safety concerns.


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