Work With Us

We seek to fill the following positions:

If none of these positions are the right fit for you but you would still like to express an interest in working with us, please fill out this form.

General enquiries about jobs at CHAI can be sent to

CHAI Operations Assistant

Start date: As soon as possible
Time commitment: 10-15 hours/week
Compensation: $25 per hour
Work Location: Berkeley, CA
Reports to: Sawyer Bernath (but you will mainly communicate with Martin Fukui and Caroline Jeanmaire)

See the posting and apply on the BERI website

BERI is seeking a part-time operations assistant as part of our collaboration with the Center for Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence.

Given the low and variable number of weekly hours, we expect current students (at UC Berkeley or otherwise) to be good candidates for this role. However, this is not a requirement and we encourage interested candidates to apply regardless of their student status.


The purpose of this position is to ensure smooth functioning of the CHAI organization by assisting Martin, Caroline, and the rest of the team with a variety of tasks, described below under Responsibilities. Some of this work can be done remotely, but some work must be done on campus, primarily at Berkeley Way West.


  • Effective, professional communicator in spoken and written English
  • Flexible generalist, comfortable switching between very different tasks
  • Comfortable with spreadsheet filters and basic functions
  • Organized and responsible; comfortable fulfilling recurring tasks in a prompt manner
  • Able to stay motivated while working with remote teams
  • Comfortable receiving and incorporating feedback
  • Typically available for food pickup during the following hours:
    • Wednesdays 9:30am to 10:30am
    • Fridays 11:30am to 12:30pm

If you feel you do not meet these qualifications but are still interested in applying, please err on the side of applying anyway.


  • Communication:
    • Write up and publicize CHAI news items
    • Collate and disseminate information via email, Slack message, phone call, and video chat
    • Collaboratively write and edit documents relating to CHAI procedures
  • Website:
    • Update information with WordPress (adding new students, publications, news, etc.)
    • Make basic structural edits on GitHub
  • Other:
    • Use Google Sheets to organize and manage information on team members and external contacts
    • Create simple graphics
    • Order and pick up food, office supplies, etc. for the CHAI team


As a part-time role, this position will not be eligible for the majority of BERI benefits. Some other benefits include:

  • Working alongside the UC Berkeley AI safety community
  • Invitations to CHAI’s weekly beneficial AI seminars
  • Weekly lunches with the CHAI team
  • Sick time (1 hour per 30 hours worked)

The CHAI Research Fellowship

Start Date: Flexible
Compensation: Negotiated
Apply: Via this form

CHAI has created a new Research Fellowship and is seeking applications for the inaugural Fellows. CHAI Research Fellows will work with CHAI faculty members Stuart Russell, Pieter Abbeel, and Anca Dragan and will also have the opportunity to collaborate with CHAI affiliate faculty at Berkeley, other faculty members in Berkeley AI Research (where CHAI is located), and many other institutions. The Fellowship is aimed at training highly qualified postdoctoral researchers to carry out research to advance beneficial AI.

Duties of position

Given the broad and open-ended mandate of the Center to develop provably beneficial AI systems, the post holder will have considerable freedom to pursue novel research projects in areas such as reasoning, decision making, learning, multi-agent systems, and philosophical foundations using the tools of probability theory, game theory, control theory, etc. Topics of particular current interest include

  • Theoretical foundations of intelligent agent architecture
  • Expressive formal languages for probability models, including probabilistic programming
  • Decision making over long time scales
  • Cumulative lifelong learning
  • Human-in-the-loop planning and reinforcement learning
  • Human-robot interaction
  • The structure and properties of human preferences
  • Foundations for acting on behalf of multiple humans
  • Robust cooperation in heterogeneous multiagent systems
  • Mechanism design for human-machine systems

Depending on their interests, Fellows may also lead research collaborations with other CHAI researchers and Berkeley PhD students, advise more junior student researchers, and teach courses relevant to their research. Candidates for the Fellowship are assessed based on their academic and research achievements, as well as on personal merit and leadership qualities.


Candidates 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. Candidates need not have done previous work on the AI control problem.

Salary & Visa Sponsorship

The CHAI Research Fellowships provide funding for one year, renewable up to three years given satisfactory performance. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and based on UC Berkeley salary scales. The position is eligible for visa sponsorship. CHAI will also contribute to visa costs for Fellows and their dependents (partner and children).


Apply via this form. Supporting documents include a resume, a one-page statement of interest describing in general terms the kind of research you would like to undertake at CHAI, and the names and email addresses of two academic referees.

Research Collaborators

Our core research spans computer science, mathematics, control theory, robotics, statistics, formal logic, economics (including game theory), cognitive psychology, or neuroscience. We may also be interested in moral philosophy, sociology, political science, law, and other fields dealing with formal and semiformal theories of human value systems.

If you are interested in collaborating on research that aligns with our mission, please email Please include information about yourself and your organization, as well as details of how you would like to collaborate, and why CHAI would be a good fit.

If you are currently at UC Berkeley, you are welcome to attend our weekly research seminars. Contact for details.

NOTE: Undergraduates interested in graduate study at Berkeley in this area should apply directly to the appropriate UC Berkeley graduate program. You may mention your interest in CHAI on your application, but we are unable to review or give feedback on your application. We will be happy to discuss research and/or supervision once you have been admitted.

CHAI Internships

The internship application will open in Fall 2021. If you would like to be notified when the internship application reopens, please subscribe to our newsletter.

CHAI interns work on a research project supervised, and typically proposed, by a mentor. Most projects are primarily executed by the intern, while the mentor provides advice and guidance; these are typically published as first-author workshop papers. On occasion, a mentor may propose a more team-based project that they or other interns are also executing on; these are typically published as conference papers. In addition, interns are encouraged to participate in other activities in CHAI, such as our weekly seminars, annual workshop and team socials.

To view some of our former interns’ profiles, click here. Former interns have developed essential skills and knowledge, preparing them for graduate school and industry opportunities. Take a look at what they had to say:

Chris Cundy
Beth Barnes
Dmitrii Krasheninnikov
Stephen Casper
Cynthia Chen
Harry Giles
Michael McDonald

Highlighted papers:

UC Berkeley Values and Principles

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see here. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see here.