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Research Engineer - AllenNLP

Allen Institute for AI (AI2)

Allen Institute for AI (AI2)

Seattle, WA, USA
Posted on Saturday, May 13, 2023
Remote eligible: Persons in these roles are welcome to work remotely from any location.
Compensation Range: $106,720 - $155,8810
Potential Bonus: 15%

Research Engineer, AllenNLP

Who You Are:

AI2 is looking for a talented engineer for the AllenNLP team to help advance our effort to create the best-performing open large language model. This person would be part of the core team of research engineers behind the OLMo (Open Language Model) initiative, helping us build infrastructure for the next generation of large language model research. Our next hire will also help with data analysis and experimentation to direct the decisions we make and architectures we develop, both around modeling and data preparation. We’re looking for someone with experience working with open-source projects, deep knowledge of Python, and a strong understanding of modern deep learning and natural language processing.

Who We Are:

AllenNLP is a team of researchers and engineers working to improve NLP systems' performance and accountability, and advance scientific methodologies for evaluating and understanding those systems. AllenNLP delivers high-impact research of our own and masterfully-engineered open-source tools to accelerate NLP research around the world. Previously the team has released impactful projects such as ELMo, the first language model, and the AllenNLP library, a framework for experimenting with model architectures that received over 1000 citations and is used in thousands of public projects on GitHub. Now AllenNLP is embarking on the creation of an open, state-of-the-art generative language model: AI2 OLMo. The goal is to share a high quality and open language model that will provide an avenue for people in the AI research community to work directly on language models for the first time.

Your Next Challenge:

The essential functions include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Building infrastructure to facilitate the next generation of LLM research.
  • Optimizing training and inference for language models.
  • Developing infrastructure to deduplicate and analyze datasets at scale.
  • Triaging between experiments and executing on the most impactful.
  • Supporting and collaborating with an open-source community.
  • Bridging the gap between cutting-edge research and a widely adopted product.
  • Using software engineering best practices in a research environment.

What You’ll Need:

  • Knowledge of modern deep learning and natural language processing techniques.
  • Strong software engineering skills, particularly around building performant systems and debugging.
  • Experience with Python and PyTorch.
  • Familiarity with software using container technologies (e.g. Docker) to deploy web-based services.


  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or relevant engineering experience.
  • A minimum of 2 years of full-time professional software development experience.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a team member to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions.

  • Occasionally required to remain seated in a normal position for long periods of time.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee routinely is required to sit; walk; talk and hear; use hands to keyboard, handle, and feel; stoop, kneel, crouch, twist, crawl, reach, and stretch.
  • The employee is occasionally required to move short distances.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
  • Can work under deadlines.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions.

A Little More About AI2:

The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence is a non-profit research institute in Seattle founded by Paul Allen. The core mission of AI2 is to contribute to humanity through high-impact research in artificial intelligence.

In addition to AI2’s core mission, we also aim to contribute to humanity through our treatment of each member of the AI2 Team. Some highlights are:

  • We are a learning organization – because everything AI2 does is ground-breaking, we are learning every day. Similarly, through weekly AI2 Academy lectures, a wide variety of world-class AI experts as guest speakers, and our commitment to your personal on-going education, AI2 is a place where you will have opportunities to continue learning alongside your coworkers.
  • We value diversity - We seek to hire, support, and promote people from all genders, ethnicities, and all levels of experience regardless of age. We particularly encourage applications from women, non-binary individuals, people of color, members of the LGBTQA+ community, and people with disabilities of any kind.
  • We value inclusion - We understand the value that people's individual experiences and perspectives can bring to an organization, and we are building a culture in which all voices are heard, respected and considered.
  • We emphasize a healthy work/life balance – we believe our team members are happiest and most productive when their work/life balance is optimized. While we value powerful research results which drive our mission forward, we also value dinner with family, weekend time, and vacation time. We offer generous paid vacation and sick leave as well as family leave.
  • We are collaborative and transparent – we consider ourselves a team, all moving with a common purpose. We are quick to cheer our successes, and even quicker to share and jointly problem solve our failures.
  • We are in Seattle – and our office is on the water! We have mountains, we have lakes, we have four seasons, we bike to work, we have a vibrant theater scene, and we have so much else. We even have kayaks for you to paddle right outside our front door. We welcome interest from applicants from outside of the United States.
  • We are friendly– chances are you will like every one of the 200+ (and growing) people who work here. We do.

AI2 is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. You may view the related Know Your Rights compliance poster and the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision by clicking on their corresponding links.


  • Team members and their families are covered by medical, dental, vision, basic life insurance, basic accidental death and dismemberment insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, and an employee assistance program.
  • Team members are able to enroll in our voluntary life insurance program, our voluntary accidental death and dismemberment program, our health savings account plan, our healthcare reimbursement arrangement plan, and our health care and dependent care flexible spending account plans.
  • Team members are able to enroll in our company’s 401k plan.
  • Team members will receive $125 per month to assist with commuting or internet expenses and are eligible to receive up to $150 reimbursement for health and wellbeing expenses per month.
  • Team members will also receive up to ten sick days per year, up to seven personal days per year, up to 20 vacation days per year and twelve paid holidays throughout the calendar year.
  • Team members will be able to receive annual bonuses and can participate in the long-term incentive plan.

Note: This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the team members(s) of this position. Team members will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments. All duties and responsibilities are essential functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the team member(s) will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others. The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an at will relationship.