GitHub is seeking a research engineer in the area of code intelligence in the office of the CTO (OCTO). OCTO aims to be a meeting place within GitHub for experimentation with new ideas, and for setting the agenda for GitHub’s product several years in advance. OCTO has a small number of permanent research staff, and this position is part of the core OCTO team. The engineer will initially focus on exploring synthesis of code from documentation.

Here is some more detail on that initial project - it is just an example of more such projects in future. Recent advances in machine learning models for source code indicate that it is possible to synthesize code just from the signature and docstring of a function. Often better synthesis results are possible by also specifying an example to test synthesized candidates. We’d like to explore how to integrate this functionality into CodeSpaces, so that users can browse alternative solutions synthesized by the model. We’d also like to consider other user experiences for the same functionality, for example in an automated assistant for novice developers.


  • Design and build user interfaces as outlined above, and experiment with new ideas to embody the new code synthesis technology.
  • Collaborate with early adopters and machine learning experts on improving both the underlying technology and the way users interact with the synthesizer.
  • Participate in all activities of the OCTO at GitHub: organizing webinar series, evaluating project proposals, and disseminating research results.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ability to quickly create innovative user interfaces and new user experiences.
  • 5+ years experience in creating frontends in production
  • Inclination to prototype quickly and make fast decisions on experiment failure.
  • A creative mindset and good practical skills are more important than formal experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with user interface design, especially for developer tools.
  • Proven track record of working with early adopters to refine initial designs.
  • Ability to communicate complex ideas clearly, both in spoken and written form, for expert as well as novice audiences.
  • Interest in modern AI technologies and their use in developer tools.

Who We Are:

GitHub is the developer company. We make it easier for developers to be developers: to work together, to solve challenging problems, and to create the world’s most important technologies. We foster a collaborative community that can come together—as individuals and in teams—to create the future of software and make a difference in the world.

Leadership Principles:

Customer Obsessed - Trust by Default - Ship to Learn - Own the Outcome - Growth Mindset - Global Product, Global Team - Anything is Possible - Practice Kindness

Why You Should Join:

At GitHub, we constantly strive to create an environment that allows our employees (Hubbers) to do the best work of their lives. We've designed one of the coolest workspaces in San Francisco (HQ), where many Hubbers work, snack, and create daily. The rest of our Hubbers work remotely around the globe. Check out an updated list of where we can hire here:

We are also committed to keeping Hubbers healthy, motivated, focused and creative. We've designed our top-notch benefits program with these goals in mind. In a nutshell, we've built a place where we truly love working, we think you will too.

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