Software Engineer

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What Openai is looking for in applicants

By applying to this role, you will be considered for Software Engineer roles across all teams at OpenAI. You may also apply directly to roles on specific teams through OpenAI Careers.

About the Role

We are looking for self-starter engineers with full-stack, production services, or product development experience. 

As a Software Engineer here, you will closely collaborate with our world-class research teams to build and deploy powerful AI systems and products that can perform previously impossible tasks and achieve unprecedented levels of performance.

If you enjoy owning the most important problems end-to-end and have high curiosity and willingness to pick up whatever knowledge that’s missing to get the job done, you will find our work here uniquely challenging and rewarding.

A glance at some of our engineering projects: 

  • design, develop, and maintain the tools & infrastructure required for a variety of cutting-edge AI research and consumer projects
  • build the systems that power a breadth of production ML use cases
  • optimize applications for speed and scale; shape the roadmap for our API and own the development of product experiences end-to-end

We expect you to: 

  • Have strong engineering skills, such as system design, creating highly scalable services, front/backend systems, reliability, debugging
  • Have proficiency in Python, JavaScript, React, and/or other programming languages
  • Have experience driving large-scale projects in a fast-paced and highly collaborative environment
  • Be interested in and thoughtful about the impacts of AI technology (see our Charter for examples of our goals)

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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