Senior Software Engineer, Platform

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What Openai is looking for in applicants

About the Team 

Join the Applied AI Engineering team, a core group who work to bring OpenAI's technology to the world in partnership with other organizations.
We are looking for a self-starter engineer who loves building and running production systems. In this role, you will build the systems that power a breadth of production ML use cases. You’ll also work closely with and directly accelerate machine learning researchers, but don't need to be a machine learning expert yourself. We value people who can quickly obtain a deep technical understanding of new domains, and enjoy being self-directed and identifying the most important problems to solve.
On this team you will be expected to balance building new components while improving the foundation on which it all runs. The codebase is currently a mix of Go and Python. Our services run on multiple Kubernetes clusters, and the clusters are versioned in Terraform. We always aim to deploy reliable systems with low error rates and redundancy built in. We’re only getting started building the API, and would like you to join to help build the rest of it!

About the Role

We look for a track record of the following:
  • Experience designing, implementing, and running production services.
  • Comfort managing and monitoring infrastructure deployments.
  • Willingness to debug problems across the stack, such as networking issues, performance problems, or memory leaks.
  • Experience with high-performance computing or infrastructure orchestration tools are a bonus.
  • While we don't require machine learning expertise, it's a bonus to find someone with experience in tools of high performance computing, machine learning optimizations, and model scaling.
    • This could include experience with mpi, NCCL, CUDA kernels, model and parameter sharding, Infiniband, and GPU hardware.
    • Ultimately it is more important one has a willingness to explore, understand systems, and learn how it all ties together. We are constantly discovering new capabilities in our models. Turning those discoveries into safe and performant production systems requires a generalist mindset and curiosity.
You might be a good match if you:
  • Are self-directed and enjoy figuring out the most important problem to work on.
  • Own problems end-to-end, and are willing to pick up whatever knowledge you're missing to get the job done.
  • Know your way around a Unix shell.
  • Build tools to accelerate your own workflows, but only when off-the-shelf solutions would not do.
  • Have been a startup founder or an early-stage engineer.
  • Enjoy fast paced work environment with tight feedback loops.

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)
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 other legally protected statuses. 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

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