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Design Engineer

San Francisco, CA

Communications Design tells OpenAI’s story—what we’re doing and why it matters—to the world through a variety of surfaces, most notably openai.com. Our small but nimble and growing team supports the design and development needs across the entire company, and sits within a larger team of professionals in press relations, public policy, and employee communications.


Communicating the advances and benefits of AGI is some of the most important work at OpenAI, and our goal is to do it in a beautiful, accessible, scalable, systematic way, with transparency and authenticity.

 

As a Design Engineer at OpenAI, you'll be pivotal in crafting high-impact, delightful, and polished user high-visibility experiences, working closely with a dynamic team of designers and full-stack engineers. You'll leverage your expertise in design, engineering, and motion to bring innovative ideas from inception to execution swiftly and independently.


In this role, you will:

  • Rapidly prototype new user experiences.
  • Iterate quickly to turn ideas into testable concepts.
  • Enhance our design system and establish motion guidelines for consistency and delight.
  • Work closely with designers and engineers, prioritizing beauty and usability.
  • Craft solutions focused on the end-user's needs and experiences.
  • Find innovative ways to integrate design and engineering.

 

You might thrive in this role if you: 

  • Have 8+ years in design engineering with a strong portfolio.
  • Are experienced in design (layout, typography, color, Figma).
  • Are experienced with front-end engineering (Next.js, CSS / Tailwind, Vercel).
  • Are experienced with motion & storytelling (easing curves, animation duration).
  • Can independently lead projects from concept to launch.
  • Are committed to creating beautiful, user-centric designs prioritizing usability and accessibility.
  • Have a relentless drive for perfection.
  • Enjoy collaborating in a team-focused environment with marketing & design.


OpenAI is an AI research and deployment company dedicated to ensuring that general-purpose artificial intelligence benefits all of humanity. We push the boundaries of the capabilities of AI systems and seek to safely deploy them to the world through our products. AI is an extremely powerful tool that must be created with safety and human needs at its core, and to achieve our mission, we must encompass and value the many different perspectives, voices, and experiences that form the full spectrum of humanity. 


We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status. 


For US Based Candidates: Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities, and requests can be made via this link.


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At OpenAI, we believe artificial intelligence has the potential to help people solve immense global challenges, and we want the upside of AI to be widely shared. Join us in shaping the future of technology.


Type: Full time


Compensation: $190K – $240K • Offers Equity


In addition to the salary range listed above, total compensation also includes generous equity and benefits.

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance for you and your family
  • Mental health and wellness support
  • 401(k) plan with 50% matching
  • Unlimited time off and 13 company holidays per year
  • Paid parental leave (20 weeks) and family-planning support
  • Annual learning & development stipend ($1,500 per year)

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