Software Engineer, Security

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What Openai is looking for in applicants

About the Team

Security is at the foundation of OpenAI’s mission. OpenAI is pushing artificial intelligence to unprecedented scale. We have a large cloud footprint and run some of the biggest Kubernetes clusters in the world. The OpenAI API makes leading AI technology available to developers via a simple HTTPS call. In connection to its mission to deploy safe and responsible AI, OpenAI has a duty to protect its data.

The Security team secures OpenAI’s technology, people, and products. We are technical in what we build but are operational in how we do our work, and are committed to supporting all products and research at OpenAI. Our Security team tenets include: prioritizing for impact, enabling researchers, preparing for future transformative technologies, and engaging a robust security culture.

About the Role

As a Security Engineer, you will help scale the security program at OpenAI. Your technical expertise is second only to your integrity and passion for security and technology. You will work alongside a diverse team of engineers, developers, and security advisers to design, architect, and drive security improvements across OpenAI. We are a small company, and intend to stay small: as an early member of the information security team, the decisions you make today will have significant impact on the organization today and into the future.

We’re looking for an engineer who wishes to work on a mix of security, software, and infrastructure challenges while growing their skills in the detection and response space.

In this role, you will:

  • Empower OpenAI's AI researchers and developers to do their best work securely.
  • Contribute to the technical architecture and implementation of OpenAI’s detection and response pipelines.
  • Build and deploy centralized logging and alerting infrastructure to proactively identify malicious threats.
  • Develop, measure, and tune detection rules to ensure effective and sustainable incident response.
  • Design, architect, and implement defensive security controls across endpoints (macOS, Windows), servers (Linux), and SaaS/self-hosted applications.
  • Collaborate with your fellow security engineers to drive improvements across identity access and management (IAM), device management, productivity software, and our use of public cloud environments (e.g. AWS, Microsoft Azure).

You may thrive in this role if you have:

  • 3+ years of experience in security or a security-adjacent field, with an interest in becoming adept at detection and response.
  • Experience working with security logging pipelines (e.g. Splunk, ELK, SumoLogic).
  • Experience deploying and managing endpoint security solutions (e.g. osquery, EDR tools).
  • Experience with public cloud providers (e.g. Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure) and a desire to become adept at protecting Azure and our internal application infrastructure.
  • Knowledge of modern adversary tactics, techniques, and procedures.
  • Ability to empathize and collaborate with colleagues, independently manage and run projects, and prioritize efforts for risk reduction.
  • Intermediate or better proficiency with a scripting language (e.g. Python, Bash, PowerShell, or similar)

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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