Senior Full-Stack Software Engineer, Internal Platforms

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What Openai is looking for in applicants

About the Team

OpenAI is seeking a full-stack software engineer to help us build a suite of cutting-edge products, research tools, and infrastructure. We’re exploring many exciting new directions at OpenAI and would be thrilled for you to join our effort!

About the Role

We are looking for a self-starter engineer who loves building and deploying production-tier systems in an iterative and agile environment.  In this role, you will design, develop and maintain the tools & infrastructure required for a variety of research and consumer projects.  A deep understanding of machine learning is not required, but a general interest is recommended, as you will be interfacing with many such technologies.  We value the ability to swiftly obtain a deep technical understanding of new domains, and to self-direct and identify the most important problems to solve.

OpenAI utilizes dozens of languages, libraries, and platforms, but an expert grasp of Python is the only concrete technical requirement.  The primary, initial project is a web application involving Python (Flask) and Javascript (React).  Previous experience with these two frameworks is strongly preferred.

Other recommended knowledge includes Kubernetes, PostgreSQL, and API patterns, as well as an understanding of many of the aspects of web application development (security, reliability, scalability, maintainability, etc.).

We’re looking for an engineer with:

  • 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
  • Ability to collaborate with a cross-functional team of engineers, researchers, designers, and operations
  • Experience optimizing applications for speed and scale
  • Proficiency with Python (ideally also with Flask)
  • Proficiency with JavaScript, React, and other web technologies

It’d be great if you:

  • Are self-directed and enjoy figuring out the most critical problem to work on
  • Own problems end-to-end and are willing to acquire missing knowledge to get the job done
  • Build tools to accelerate your workflows, but only when off-the-shelf solutions would not do
  • Enjoy a fast-paced work environment with tight feedback loops
  • Have 4+ years of relevant engineering experience at tech and product-driven company
  • Have experience with relational databases like Postgres/MySQL
  • Are interested in AI/ML (direct expertise not required)

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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