Research Engineer, Language and Scaling Laws Research

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What Openai is looking for in applicants

About the team

Our Language team's mission is to develop GPT advancements by exploring and forecasting future capabilities and resource needs. To do this, we seek a deep understanding of the scaling of our models across multiple orders of magnitude to optimize for best-case performance at the largest scale. 

About the role

Our Language team offers you a unique opportunity to make significant contributions at the limits of modern natural language processing at the largest scale. We value impact over novelty – we’ve found outstanding results from solid engineering with good design, implementation, and benchmarking.

Representative projects on the team include:

  • We believe data is underexplored. You will have opportunities to research and develop large datasets which will underlie the future generations of the world’s most powerful language models.
  • We believe in exploring the limits of scale. As we expand to larger systems, you will have opportunities to trailblaze by tackling novel machine learning and systems engineering problems. 
  • We believe one key to OpenAI’s groundbreaking machine learning results is the foresight and autonomy to build and enable research infrastructure. You will have opportunities to make company-wide contributions that fuel our next innovations.

We expect you to have:

  • Strong programming skills
  • Experience working in large distributed systems in ML
  • A track record of demonstrating autonomy
  • Ability to select, replicate, and implement new ML results

Nice to have:

  • Past experience in creating high-performance implementations of deep learning algorithms
  • Past experience with scaling laws, NLP, or adjacent research projects

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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