Research Engineer

San Francisco, CA /
Research /
Full-Time
/ On-site
Introduction
The Center for AI Safety is a research and field-building nonprofit. Our mission is to reduce catastrophic and existential risks from artificial intelligence through field-building and technical research. 

As a research engineer here, you will pursue a variety of research projects in fields such as Trojans, Adversarial Robustness, Power Aversion, Machine Ethics, and Out-of-Distribution Detection. You will assist in writing and submitting articles for publication at top conferences. You will collaborate with both internal research staff (e.g., Dan Hendrycks) as well as academics at top universities (including Stanford, UC Berkeley, CMU, or MIT). You will leverage our compute cluster to run experiments at scale on large language models.

Representative Projects

    • Finetuning large-scale transformers and evaluating them under different data domains.
    • Creating and designing new datasets to evaluate the robustness of different models.
    • Scaling machine learning systems to thousands of GPUs.
    • Evaluating models in sequential decision-making games.
    • Developing and launching ML competitions (e.g., Trojan Detection Challenge).
    • Collaborating with academics on research ranging from transparency, proxy gaming, honest AI, interpretable uncertainty, and so on.

You might be a good fit if you:

    • Are able to read an ML paper, understand the key result, and understand how it fits into the broader literature.
    • Are comfortable setting up, launching, and debugging ML experiments.
    • Are familiar with relevant frameworks and libraries (e.g., pytorch).
    • Communicate clearly and promptly with teammates.
    • Take ownership of your individual part in a project.
    • Have co-authored a ML paper in a top conference.
About Us
The Center for AI Safety is a non-profit dedicated to ensuring the safety of future artificial intelligence systems. We believe that artificial intelligence will be a powerful technology which will dramatically change society and that AI safety must therefore be pursued proactively. To this end, we conduct research into machine learning safety and facilitate field-building projects which accelerate the growth of the safety community. Join us in steering the future of AI.

Benefits:
1. Health insurance for you and your dependents
2. Competitive PTO
3. Free lunch and dinner at the office
4. Reimbursement for certain transportation fees
5. Annual learning & development stipend

The Center of AI Safety is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Some studies have found that a higher percentage of women and underrepresented minority candidates won't apply if they don't meet every listed qualification. The Center for AI Safety values candidates of all backgrounds. If you find yourself excited by the position but you don't check every box in the description, we encourage you to apply anyway!