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Careers

We are an empowered team of technical experts and operators on a mission to advance research and infrastructure for AI governance.

If our work sounds interesting, we encourage you to apply. All applications are assessed on a rolling basis, so it is best to apply as soon as possible.

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Mission

Advanced AI systems offer transformative opportunities to boost economic growth, human creativity, and public education, but they also pose significant risks.   AISI was launched at the Bletchley Park AI Safety Summit in 2023 because taking responsible action on this extraordinary technology requires technical expertise about AI to be available in the heart of government.  Originally called the UK's Frontier AI Taskforce, we have evolved into a leading research institution within the UK’s Department of Science, Innovation, and Technology, from where we can:

"AISI has built a wonderful group of technical, policy, and civil service experts focused on making AI and AGI go well, and I'm finding it extremely motivating to do technical work in this interdisciplinary context."

Geoffrey Irving

Research Director

"AISI is situated at the centre of the action where true impact can be made. I'm excited about the opportunities unfolding in front of us at such a rapid pace."

Professor Yarin Gal

Research Director

Working at AISI

Working at AISI

  • We have built a unique structure within the government to ensure technical staff have the resources to work quickly and solve complex problems.  
  • Your work will have an unusually high impact. There is a lot of important work to do at AISI, and when AISI does something, the world watches.  
  • You will be part of a close-knit, driven team and work with field leaders like Geoffrey Irving, Professor Yarin Gal and Professor Chris Summerfield.
  • You will work in the heart of the UK government, which has made AI a top priority.
  • We enable hybrid work and offer a range of competitive benefits.

What we look for

  • We value collaboration, innovation and diversity. We need these qualities to drive forward the nascent science of understanding AI and mitigating AI’s risks.  
  • Our work is often fast-paced and has global impacts. We are looking for the talent, ambition and responsibility to deliver in this environment.  
  • Many of our staff previously worked at top industry and academic labs. For most technical roles, it is helpful to have substantial machine learning experience, especially large language model experience. That said, some of our most valuable hires will have more niche domain expertise, such as in cybersecurity.  
  • We encourage you to apply even if you are not in or from the UK. We may be able to explore other options, such as seconding you in from either your current employer or a third-party organisation.

Resources:

  • £100m in initial funding for the organisation‍
  • Privileged access to top AI models from leading companies
  • Priority access to over £1.5 billion of compute in the UK’s AI Research Resource and exascale supercomputing programme
  • Over 20 partnerships with top research organisers
  • Opportunities to collaborate with AI leaders around the world

Open roles

Our typical interview process includes submitting a CV and short written statement, skills assessments such as a technical interview and a take-home coding test, and 2-4 interviews, including a conversation with a senior member of our team. We tailor this process as needed for each role and candidate.

Research Scientist / Research Engineer

Evaluations

£65,000 - £135,000

Design and build evaluations to assess the capabilities and safeguards of cutting-edge models, and conduct research to better understand AI systems and mitigate their risks. Candidates should have relevant experience in ML, AI, AI security, or computer security.

Research Scientist / Research Engineer – Safeguards

Evaluations

£65,000 - £135,000

Design and execute evaluations to assess the susceptibility of advanced AI systems to attack and undertake research projects related to safeguarding. Candidates should have conducted technical research in machine learning, computer system security, or information security.

Research Scientist / Research Engineer – Autonomous Systems

Evaluations

£65,000 - £135,000

Build evaluations and research risks such as uncontrolled self-improvement, autonomous replication, and manipulation and deception. Candidates should have a strong ML engineering or research background. 

Research Scientist / Research Engineer – Narrow AI Tools for Bio-Chem

Evaluations

£65,000 - £135,000

Advance the evaluation of biology and chemistry specific AI models. Design experiments, test models, identify datasets, and present findings to policymakers. Candidates should have a PhD in a relevant field and experience with modern deep learning.

Research Scientist / Research Engineer – Chem-Bio

Evaluations

£65,000 - £135,000

Advance the evaluation of biology and chemistry specific AI models. Design experiments, test models, identify datasets, and present findings to policymakers. Candidates should have a PhD in a relevant field and experience with modern deep learning.

Research Scientist / Research Engineer – Cyber Misuse

Evaluations

£65,000 - £135,000

Build evaluations, design experiments, and create tools to measure the capabilities of AI systems against cyber security threat scenarios. Candidates should have relevant experience in machine learning, AI security, or computer security.

Cyber Security Researcher

Evaluations

£65,000 - £135,000

Help design AISI's cyber research strategy to understand AI-enabled cyber risks. Build benchmark challenges to evaluate AI system capabilities, coordinate red team exercises, and explore interactions between narrow cyber tools and general AI. Candidates should have deep expertise in areas like penetration testing, CTF design, vulnerability research, or cyber tool development, as well as a strong interest in ensuring advanced AI remains secure.

We are excited by the amount our team has been able to accomplish — and we are just getting started.