What is ARC?
The Alignment Research Center (ARC) is a non-profit organization focused on theoretical research to align future machine learning systems with human interests. We are aiming to develop alignment strategies that would continue to work regardless of how far we scaled up ML or how ML models end up working internally.
Probably the best way to understand our work is to read Eliciting Latent Knowledge, a report describing some recent and upcoming research, which illustrates our general methodology.
ARC is a new organization and is hoping to grow significantly over the next few years, so early hires will play a key role in helping define and scale up our research.
Who should apply?
Most of all, you should send in an application if you feel excited about proposing the kinds of algorithms and counterexamples described in our report on ELK.
We’re open to anyone who is keen to work on alignment research even if they don’t yet have any research background (or their research is in another field). You may be an especially good fit if you:
- Are creative and generative (e.g. you may already have some ideas for potential strategies or counterexamples for ELK, even if they don’t work).
- Have experience designing algorithms, proving theorems, or formalizing concepts.
- Have a broad base of knowledge in mathematics and computer science (we often draw test cases and counterexamples from these fields).
- Have thought a lot about the AI alignment problem, especially in the limit of very powerful AI systems.
Hiring process and details
Note that rolling applications tend to take longer to process than applications during hiring rounds. Expect it to take up to a month for us to initially respond. Interviews and on-sites may also take longer to schedule, so the total process may take up to three months.
You can apply by filling out this short form. Our hiring process typically involves a remote 1 hour interview followed by a day-long onsite. Where possible we also prefer to do a longer trial although we understand that’s not practical for everyone.
We are based in Berkeley, CA and would prefer people who can work from our office, but we’re open to discussing remote arrangements for great candidates.
Full-time salaries are in the $150k-400k/year range depending on experience.
If you have any questions, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.