Research Scientist

OpenAI, San Francisco

Discovering and enacting the path to safe artificial general intelligence.

 As a Research Scientist at OpenAI, you'll be tasked with developing machine learning techniques and applying them at scale to our projects. 

 * Track record of coming up with new ideas in machine learning, as demonstrated by one or more first author publications or projects
 * Past experience in creating high-performance implementations of deep learning algorithms (optional)

OpenAI has a number of open roles for researchers. Example teams include:

* Robotics: while working towards breakthroughs in robotic manipulation, develop novel techniques for reinforcement learning and imitation learning.
* Basic research: develop new and improved methods for generative models and unsupervised learning, reinforcement learning, evolutionary algorithms, and metalearning.
* Safety: enable humans to guide AI agents towards achieving difficult-to-specify goals; work on bringing humans into the training process of advanced agents; investigate the failure modes existing machine learning techniques and develop defenses against them.

In all cases, you should be motivated by a desire to solve the most important problems and obtain unprecedented results, rather than producing yet another paper. You should be eager to push your methods to their maximal performance, rather than being satisfied with toy tasks and proofs of principle.


  • Foresight
  • RL
  • Algorithms
  • Robotics
  • Clarity
  • Language

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.

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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