Privacy 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 Privacy Engineer, you will develop the tools and methods to enable safe and privacy-preserving operations with sensitive datasets. 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 improvements across OpenAI. We are a small company, and intend to stay small: as a privacy engineer at OpenAI, the decisions you make today will have significant impact on the organization today and into the future.

We’re looking for a privacy specialist who is motivated to bridge the gap between theory and application.

In this role, you will:

  • Design and develop tools and frameworks that support data privacy objectives and mitigate privacy vulnerabilities across OpenAI’s datasets.
  • Evaluate different privacy-preserving techniques for effectiveness including statistical privacy techniques like differential privacy, k-anonymity, l-diversity, data masking, and statistical disclosure controls.
  • Test and measure OpenAI’s datasets for privacy compliance.
  • Collaborate with the Security, IT, Legal, and Research teams drive technical and policy improvements across data access, management, and governance.

You might thrive in this role if you have:

  • Proficiency with a scripting language (e.g. Python, Bash, PowerShell, or similar).
  • Exposure to data processing frameworks (e.g. Apache Spark) and public cloud providers (e.g. Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure).
  • Experience with statistical privacy techniques and methods (e.g. differential privacy).
  • Exposure to privacy and compliance regulations including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).
  • Ability to empathize and collaborate with colleagues, independently manage and run projects, and prioritize efforts for impact.
  • Familiarity with identity and access management (IAM),  cryptography, and encryption platforms.

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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