Research Scientist, Codex

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What Openai is looking for in applicants

About the team

The Code Generation team at OpenAI researches and develops AI programmers - 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 we’re attacking it head-on.

We seek new ways for increasingly powerful AI systems to interact with the world through a very general interface of computer code. Our first release, Codex, demonstrates the power of neural program synthesis through a family of large generative models that power GitHub Copilot. We’re excited to explore creative new interactions which will reshape the way the industry thinks about coding.

About the role

On the Code Generation team, you’ll work at the very center of OpenAI’s mission to create intelligent AI systems that benefit all of humanity. In our day-to-day work, we build on top of all the achievements of OpenAI to date, by training some of the largest models ever created, studying scaling laws, running distributed reinforcement learning, and aligning our most capable models.

We seek a talented Research Scientist to help us deliver the next breakthrough.

In this role, you will: 

  • Seek new sources of training data for the next generation of code-generating models
  • Carefully study the scaling properties of our models. Every day we ask ourselves how it will influence the capabilities of our models if we obtain more training data, if we increase the number of parameters in our models or if we spend more FLOPs on their training. Most importantly, we’re interested in the limits of what we can achieve with any combination of the above.
  • Propose new architectural improvements that will allow our models to reason better and attend to very long contexts 
  • Research new ways for code-generating models to interact with humans to provide positive economical value

This might be a good match if you:

  • Have a track record of solving important machine learning problems with new ideas or new insight on existing ideas, demonstrated by accomplishments such as first author publications, impressive projects, or a product
  • Possess the ability to own and pursue a research agenda, including choosing impactful research problems and autonomously carrying out long-running projects
  • Are a team player: we have less research freedom than in other labs, but we work collectively towards a common goal.
  • Value impact over novelty: a surprising number of very hard problems can be solved with a careful application of existing techniques.
  • Aren’t afraid of grunt work: we often see that the most dramatic results are achieved by people who decide to go via hard, even if not necessarily the most exciting way.

Nice to haves:

  • Past experience in creating high-performance implementations of deep learning algorithms
  • Previous work with code-generating models, symbolic reasoning systems, or reinforcement learning

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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