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Research Engineer

Palisade is looking to hire Research Engineers. We are a small team consisting of Jeffrey Ladish (Executive Director), Charlie Rogers-Smith (Chief of Staff), and Kyle Scott (part-time Treasurer & Operations). In joining Palisade, you would become a founding member of the team, and would have substantial influence over our strategic direction. Applications are rolling, and you can fill out our short (~10-20 minutes) application form here.

Palisade’s mission

We research dangerous AI capabilities to better understand misuse risks from current systems, and how advances in hacking, deception, and persuasion will affect the risk of catastrophic AI outcomes. We create concrete demonstrations of dangerous capabilities to advise policy makers and the public on AI risks.

We are working closely with government agencies, policy think tanks, and media organizations to inform relevant decision makers. For example, our BadLlama work demonstrated that it is possible to effectively undo Llama 2-Chat 70B’s safety fine-tuning for less than $200 and has been used to confront Mark Zuckerberg in the first of Chuck Schumer’s Insight Forums, cited by Senator Hassan in a senate hearing on threats to national security, and used to advise the UK AI Safety Institute.

While our BadLlama work focused on validating a well-known argument—that you can fine-tune away safety—we plan to research emerging dangerous capabilities in both open source and API-gated models, in the following areas:

We are looking for

People who excel at:

While it’s advantageous to excel at all three of these skills, we will strongly consider people who are either great at working with language models or at software engineering, while being able to communicate their work well.

Competencies that are nice to have:

Salary

We’re offering between 150,000 - 250,000 USD, depending on your skill and experience, plus healthcare.

Location and visas

This role is in-person at our Berkeley office, and we’d expect you to work from our office at least 25% of the time. We can sponsor US visas, but there may be a delay of a couple of months while we’re setting up infrastructure.

Our application process

Applications for the two research engineer positions are rolling. Here’s our process:

Please reach out to charlie@palisaderesearch.org if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you :)