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Our team is responsible for enabling AI systems to reliably work as intended, including identifying potential risks from current and future AI systems, and conducting technical research to mitigate them. As a Research Scientist, you will design, implement, and empirically validate approaches to alignment and risk mitigation, and integrate successful approaches into our best AI systems.
Conducting research into any transformative technology comes with the responsibility to build mechanisms for safe and reliable development and deployment at every step. Technical safety research at Google DeepMind investigates questions related to evaluations, reward learning, fairness, interpretability, robustness, and generalisation in machine learning systems. Proactive research in these areas is essential to the fulfilment of the long-term goal of Google DeepMind: to build safe and socially beneficial AI systems.
Research Scientists work on the forefront of technical approaches to designing systems that reliably function as intended while discovering and mitigating risks, in close collaboration with other AI research groups within and outside of Google DeepMind.
- Identify and investigate possible failure modes for foundation models, ranging from sociotechnical harms (e.g. fairness, misinformation) to misuse (e.g. weapons development, criminal activity) to loss of control (e.g. high-stakes failures, rogue AI).
- Develop and implement technical approaches to mitigate these risks, such as benchmarking and evaluations, dataset design, scalable oversight, interpretability, adversarial robustness, monitoring, and more, in coordination with the team’s broader technical agenda.
- Report and present research findings and developments to internal and external collaborators with effective written and verbal communication.
- Collaborate with other internal teams to ensure that Google DeepMind AI systems and products (e.g. Gemini) are informed by and adhere to the most advanced safety research and protocols.
- You have extensive research experience with deep learning and/or foundation models (for example, a PhD in machine learning).
- You are adept at generating ideas and designing experiments, and implementing these in Python with real AI systems.
- You are keen to address risks from foundation models, and have thought about how to do so. You plan for your research to impact production systems on a timescale between “immediately” and “a few years”.
- You are excited to work with strong contributors to make progress towards a shared ambitious goal. With strong, clear communication skills, you are confident engaging technical stakeholders to share research insights tailored to their background.
The U.S. base salary range for this full-time position is between $133,000 - $293,000 + bonus + equity + benefits. Your recruiter can share more about the specific salary range for your targeted location during the hiring process.