Postdoctoral researcher at CHAI (flexible start date)

The Centre for Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence (CHAI) at Berkeley has openings for one or more postdoctoral researchers. Successful candidates will work with the CHAI Director, Stuart Russell, or with one of the Berkeley co-Principal Investigators, Pieter Abbeel, Anca Dragan, and Tom Griffiths. There will also be opportunities to collaborate with CHAI investigators at Cornell (Bart Selman, Joe Halpern) and Michigan (Michael Wellman, Satinder Singh), as well as with groups at Cambridge, Oxford, and Imperial College through the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence.

CHAI’s goal is to ensure that as the capabilities of AI systems increase, their impact remains provably beneficial for humans. This requires a significant reorientation of the general thrust of AI research, which up to now has been largely concerned with designing systems that optimize exogenously specified objectives. Given the broad and open-ended mandate of the Center, the post holder will have considerable freedom to pursue novel research projects within CHAI’s areas of interest, either individually or working with PhD students and undergraduate researchers.

Early examples of CHAI’s work include a recent paper on cooperative inverse reinforcement learning (to appear in NIPS 16). Related work includes some results from FHI’s collaboration with Google DeepMind and the descriptions of research problems by Google Brain and by the Machine Intelligence Research Institute

Candidates need not have done previous work on the AI control problem but must have (or be about to obtain) a PhD in a relevant technical discipline (computer science, statistics, mathematics, or theoretical economics) and a record of high-quality published research. A solid understanding of current methods in AI and statistical learning would be an advantage. If you fit this description and would like to arrange a conversation with someone at the Center about what it would be like to work here, email Andrew Critch ( with your CV attached.

If you choose to apply, full applications should be mailed to and should include a CV, the names and contact details of three academic referees, and a one-page statement of interest describing in general terms the kind of research you would like to undertake.

Web developer (contractor / flexible start date)

Contractor tasks / responsibilities:

  • Fixing formatting problems and other errors with our current website when encountered by researchers and other staff attempting to add website content.
  • Setting up new webpages and websites for conferences and events hosted by the center.
  • Helping researchers to publish research materials to the web, e.g. by building interactive interfaces.

Qualifications needed:

  • At least 10 years of experience as a web developer or software developer.
  • Specific experience working with Jekyll.

If you choose to apply, please attach your resume in an email to with subject line “applying as a web developer” and we will contact you for an interview.