About Ought
Ought is a non-profit research lab that designs and tests mechanisms for delegating cognitive work to advanced machine learning (ML) systems. Our aim is to develop robust and scalable ways to leverage ML for tasks where success can’t be reduced to a single metric. For example, we want ML to help answer questions like “Should I get this medical procedure?” or “What are the risks in deploying this artificial intelligence (AI) system?”

Our current research focuses on amplification, an approach to AI alignment for ML-based systems. We are exploring this approach by running experiments with human participants. In these experiments, a judge tries to distinguish between suggestions from helpful and unhelpful experts by asking follow-up questions. Our goal is to demonstrate that this interaction incentivizes good behavior from experts and allows judges to identify good answers, even for hard problems judges couldn’t solve on their own.

About the role
The success of our factored evaluation experiments depends on Mosaic, the core web interface our experimenters use. We’re hiring a thoughtful, full-stack engineer to architect a fundamental redesign of Mosaic that will accommodate flexible experiment setups and improve features like data capture. We want you to be the strategic thinker that can own Mosaic and its future, reasoning through design choices and launching the next versions quickly.

About you
We think the person who will thrive in this role will demonstrate the following:

  • Experience building complex web apps from scratch in Javascript (React), HTML, and CSS
  • Experience with functional programming, compilers, interpreters, or “unusual” computing paradigms
  • Ability to reason and choose between different front-end languages, cloud services, API technologies
  • 4-6+ years of experience working as a web engineer
  • Experiencing managing a small team, squad, or project with at least 3-5 other engineers in various roles
  • Clear communication about engineering topics to a diverse audience
  • Excitement around being an early member of a small, nimble research organization, and playing a key role in its success
  • Passion for the mission and the importance of designing schemes that successfully delegate cognitive work to AI

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EEO & Employment Eligibility
Ought is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, disability status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local laws.

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