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Research Program Manager, Safety Systems



San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, April 19, 2024

The Safety Systems team is in need of a Research Program Manager (RPM) to streamline our full safety stack and integration of various safety research and mitigations into our ChatGPT, API, and any frontier models. This role is critical for driving safe deployment of our new models, synthesizing inputs from multiple stakeholders, ranging across research, product, engineering, legal and policy, and ensuring all the risks are effectively and properly monitored, mitigated or resolved.

As an RPM, you will be responsible for critical tasks ranging from tracking safety research progress and risk tables to overseeing the quality of human data campaigns – acting as the connective tissue to enhance the deployment of OpenAI’s safety system. Additionally, you will create and execute a compute roadmap for your team to ensure that our top priorities are resourced while taking advantage of new opportunities to make key safety research discoveries. Your primary focus will be to ensure our models are qualified for safe deployment.

In this role, you will:

  • Manage key risk areas and corresponding stakeholders.

  • Keep track of a stack of existing and future mitigations for every major product and model deployment.

  • Standardize the lifecycle of risk assessment, setting safety bars, consolidating inputs from multiple stakeholders across research, product, engineering, legal and policy, pre-launch safety reviews and post-launch followup.

  • Manage pre-launch safety reviews.

  • Share launch calendars and key safety practices and evaluations with our key parter (i.e. Microsoft).

  • Develop comprehensive documentation for all the safety work, including metrics, evaluations, and progress tracking across multiple teams within OpenAI.

  • Help with publishing and open sourcing safety learnings, standards, datasets and benchmarks with the public.


  • Possess an advanced degree in a hard science, with a PhD being advantageous, or a demonstrated track record of engineering expertise.

  • Have an extensive track record of successfully delivering high-profile, complex technical projects against tight deadlines.

  • Are technically adept, and have effectively partnered with engineering and fundamental research teams of the highest caliber.

  • Expertise in designing and implementing simple, scalable processes that solve complex problems.

  • Are relentlessly resourceful and thrive in ambiguous, fast-paced environments.

  • Strong knowledge of content integrity and moderation, including industry best practices and regulatory guidelines.

  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.

  • Care about AGI safety.

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.

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 any other legally protected status.

For US Based Candidates: Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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