Hiring: ML Distributed Systems Researcher

Epoch is hiring a specialist in computing hardware to lead investigations into HPC computing for AI workloads. This person will collaborate with our team on novel research related to the cost of compute, trends in compute usage and performance, and parallelism techniques and utilization. This work will be crucial for improving our understanding of the future of AI and its impacts on society.

The role is remote and we can hire or sponsor visas in many countries. Compensation ranges between $150,000 and $180,000 USD per year, though do let us know if this is a barrier to apply, since we have flexibility for the right candidate.

The deadline to apply is January 31st.

Day-to-day activities

Researching the latest developments in the field, discussing their implications with our team and international experts, and writing reports that inform our research and policy-making all over the world. Over the course of a year, we anticipate you will have produced 3-4 leading reports on the future of training and inference of frontier ML models.

Competitive candidate profile

  • Familiarity with modern ML hardware, HPC set-ups and their management.
  • Familiarity with modern ML parallelism techniques.
  • Experience either researching or engineering distributed ML training or inference.
  • Experience writing analysis reports or scientific papers.
  • Familiarity with the technical characteristics of hardware used in AI and ML
  • Clear communication skills on technical topics.
  • Intellectual curiosity and open-mindedness.

Nice to have

  • Industry experience or a PhD on a related topic.
  • A network of industry and academia experts on ML distributed systems.
  • Experience supervising other researchers.

About Epoch

Epoch is a non-profit research institute that investigates trends in machine learning and the economic consequences of AI. Our work informs research and policy-making at the UK Department of Science, Innovation and Technology, Anthropic, the Centre for the Governance of AI, the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, Open Philanthropy, the Center for Security and Emerging Technology and elsewhere.

To apply and see more information, see the full job page linked at the beginning of this post. If you are not interested in the role but have suggestions for potential candidates, I’d love to know about them – we will compensate you with $5,000 if we end up hiring someone because you pointed us towards them.

I’m thrilled to come across this unique opportunity at Epoch and am excited about the possibility of contributing to your team. With a solid background in computing hardware and a deep understanding of HPC computing for AI workloads, I believe I could significantly contribute to your research on the cost of compute, trends in compute usage and performance, as well as parallelism techniques and utilization.

My experience spans both academic research and practical engineering in distributed ML training and inference systems. I’m particularly drawn to the interdisciplinary approach of your work, which aligns with my passion for exploring how AI and machine learning can impact society at large. I’ve authored several reports and papers on related topics and am eager to leverage this experience to produce leading-edge reports for Epoch.

Additionally, I have a strong network in the industry and academia, which could be beneficial for collaborative projects and expanding the institute’s reach. While I’m currently completing my PhD in a closely related field, I’ve also accumulated valuable industry experience that I believe aligns well with the competitive candidate profile you’re seeking.

I’m enthusiastic about the possibility of working remotely and contributing to Epoch’s impactful research. The compensation range is within my expectations, and I appreciate the flexibility mentioned. I’m keen to further discuss how my background, skills, and interests align with the goals of Epoch.

Thank you for considering my interest. I look forward to the possibility of contributing to your team and am excited about the opportunity to apply my skills and knowledge to help advance the understanding of AI’s future and its societal impacts.

Resume Link – Krutika_Bhalla-4.pdf - Google Drive

Hi Krutika,

Glad to hear you are interested. Please do feel free to submit an application in this link.


Thankyou so much! Applied