About the OpenAI Residency
The OpenAI Residency offers a pathway to a full-time role at OpenAI for researchers and engineers who don’t currently focus on artificial intelligence. We are excited to get applications from everyone, and will make a special effort to hear from underrepresented groups in technology.
The program is an iteration of our former Scholars and Fellows programs. The Residency shifts the focus away from curriculum-based learning, instead giving Residents an opportunity to work collaboratively alongside OpenAI teams on active projects.
The first cohort of the six-month program begins in April 2022. As a Resident, you’ll be embedded within our Research & Applied AI teams working on real, cutting-edge AI problems. Residents will be compensated as fully salaried employees for the duration of the program.
Over the last three years we’ve made more than 20 full-time hires through our mentorship programs, representing one in six members of our technical staff, and our new iteration will broaden the range of candidates we are considering.
Excellent work and experience can come from both inside and outside of the traditional education and work settings. OpenAI has long been home to many self-taught researchers and engineers. If you have an unconventional educational background, we encourage you to apply. Our goal is for this program to be as inclusive and diverse as possible, and we will provide immigration and relocation support to high-potential talent globally.
The Residency offers two distinct tracks:
The AI Software Engineering track is a great match for people that have an engineering background and would like to advance to a Software Engineer position in an AI company. We are looking for candidates with engineering experience in fast-paced environments. As a Resident on the Software Engineer track, you will work closely with and directly accelerate machine learning researchers, although you do not need to be a machine learning expert yourself. You will have the opportunity to work with the teams to build systems from ideation to launch and understand how engineering can accelerate AI research.
Preferred Qualifications for the Software Engineering track:
The AI Research track is ideal for people with a research background in a scientific non-ML field who would like to transition into a Research Scientist or Research Engineer position. We are looking for a record of achievement in another field such as mathematics, physics or neuroscience. As a Resident on the Research track, you will work closely with a team of machine learning researchers to build AI systems that can perform previously impossible tasks and achieve unprecedented levels of performance to advance the research agenda of your team.
Preferred Qualifications for the Research track:
Applications for the Spring class in 2022 are open now through January 14, 2022 12 a.m. (PST).
We will give preference to those who:
Application and Program Timeline
We will review applications on a rolling basis.
Work Authorization / Sponsorship
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