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Our moonshot goal is to build human-like machines with human-like minds, like Data from Star Trek. We focus on the intersection of social science (in particular the science of human social interactions), AI, and robotics. We believe that artificial general intelligence (AGI) is one of the most fundamental and powerful technologies that could ever be developed. Our focus on building AGI, via the development of empathy in machines, is the result of a carefully considered and thoughtful strategy. We want to maximize the chance that, if Sanctuary does develop AGI, it will lead to immense social and economic good. We care deeply about changing our world for the better. And we are looking for extraordinary fellow travellers to join us.

 

Open Positions

 

+ Human-Robot Interaction Coordinator

Sanctuary is seeking an extroverted, technically savvy individual with exceptional communication skills and a passion for AI to be part of our team as a Human Robot Interaction (HRI) coordinator.

The role will be primarily based at Sanctuary’s flagship initiative, The Empathy Lab, a partnership between Science World, Sanctuary, and local Vancouver educational institutes. The Empathy Lab is a physical space located within Science World where people are able to come and interact with Sanctuary’s ultra-human-like robots (Synths) in a friendly, social setting.

The purpose of the Lab is to create a unique environment for the quantitative study and progressive improvement of social intelligence in ultra human-like machines. Social intelligence encompasses aspects of human experience such as empathy, compassion, kindness, fairness, and persuasion.

The role will involve interacting with public visitors, schoolchildren, academic researchers, and industry professionals. You will be an ambassador for our Synth technology, and an assistant to the Synths. You will help keep the interactions between guests and the Synths safe and on-track, help design and implement Sanctuary internal HRI experiments, and work with external researchers on their HRI experiments. The role will also involve answering questions that people may have about the Empathy Lab and Synth technology.

As an integral member of our team, you will:

  • Be an ambassador for our Synth technology
  • Help the Sanctuary Synths perform interactions with the public
  • Design HRI studies for Sanctuary’s internal research program
  • Work with external HRI researchers in performing Human-Robot Interaction experiments
  • Attend select events and forums (both at the Empathy Lab and beyond)
  • Learn how to engineer and configure a Synth’s brain
  • Learn some simple Synth debugging and maintenance techniques
  • Pilot the Synth (via teleoperation control) to demonstrate human-in-the-loop mode

About you:

  • You are passionate about AI, robots, futuristic tech and the possibility of synthetic robot life
  • You are a mature extrovert with exceptional oral communication skills with a demonstrated capability to talk tech with a range of audiences from engineers to the general public.
  • You have the ability to handle potentially difficult questions about the ethics of robotics and AI in a calm and optimistic manner, and represent the Sanctuary brand appropriately
  • You care deeply about the quality of human-robot interactions - including key first impressions - and are able to relay feedback and suggestions to the team such that we can improve the experience people have whilst in the Empathy Lab.
  • A background in HRI studies or demonstration of working with robots and people is a great bonus.

Interested applicants should email careers@sanctuary.ai with the subject: FirstName LastName - HRI Coordinator with their CV.


+ Software Engineer

Sanctuary is seeking an exceptional Software Engineer to be part of our team.

The research team at Sanctuary focuses on building robotic systems with increasingly human-like bodies and minds. Our primary focus is on quantifying and improving metrics of social intelligence required for one on one social interactions, such as empathy and compassion. The minds we create include but are not limited to deep neural models, reinforcement learning algorithms, symbolic approaches, probabilistic graphical models and neuroscience inspired models, all guided by the overall goal of building powerful general-purpose robotic control systems that mimic the human mind. The bodies we create are among the most human-like robots ever built.

We are looking for a Software Engineer to work on a diverse range of complex projects in support of Sanctuary’s push towards building machines with general intelligence. You do not need to have a background in machine learning or AI, but you will work with exceptional members of those communities, helping transform their ideas into software that makes their ideas real. Your day to day will include developing prototype code to test new ideas in AI and robotics, developing behavioral modules for synthetic human robots, and writing and supporting drivers for hardware. To thrive in this role, you will need to be versatile and enthusiastic about tackling complex software projects that span the full stack from the experience of a person interacting with a Synth down to the drivers in the robot’s perception and action systems.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide software design and development support to a diverse range of software projects, all in support of building intelligent control systems for synthetic human robots
  • Report and present status and results clearly and efficiently both internally, verbally and in writing
  • Clearly document code, and provide user guides for system functionality and use

About you:

  • You would rather code than do pretty much anything else
  • Taking on a global-scale challenge that could create fundamental change appeals to you
  • You can work well with others, even if it’s not your strongest suit

Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or related technical field, or equivalent practical experience
  • Expert in Python and experienced in at least one other language such as JavaScript, C or C++

Preferred qualifications:

  • Master’s or further education
  • A passion for AI, and in particular understanding how general intelligence works
  • Experience using machine learning tools (keras, tensorflow)
  • Experience with robotics (ROS, hardware drivers, real-time signal processing)
  • Experience with multi-threaded design and parallel / distributed computing
  • Experience with databases (mysql)
  • Contributions to open source projects
  • Comfortable with Linux
  • Follows the DevOps path to enlightenment (writing documentation, Docker, GemFury, automated testing, continuous integration) Possesses strong Git-fu (Git, Gitlab)

Interested applicants should email careers@sanctuary.ai with the subject: FirstName LastName - Software Engineer with their CV.


+ Director, Government Relations

Sanctuary is seeking a charismatic leader with exceptional oral and written communication skills to be part of our team as Director, Government Relations.

The successful candidate will become deeply familiar with Sanctuary’s approach to artificial general intelligence (AGI) and use this knowledge to design and implement a plan to maximize Canadian government support of Sanctuary’s AGI program.

The research team at Sanctuary focuses on building robotic systems with increasingly human-like bodies and minds. Our primary focus is on quantifying and improving metrics of social intelligence required for one on one social interactions, such as empathy and compassion. The minds we create include but are not limited to deep neural models, reinforcement learning algorithms, symbolic approaches, probabilistic graphical models and neuroscience inspired models, all guided by the overall goal of building powerful general-purpose robotic control systems that mimic the human mind. The bodies we create are among the most human-like robots ever built.

As Director, Government Relations, you will work closely with Sanctuary senior leadership to create and implement a strategy for interacting with the Canadian government. You will work closely with members of municipal, provincial and / or federal government. You will be an ambassador and advocate for Sanctuary’s approach to AGI. You will work on educating decision makers on the civilization changing impact of AGI and the consequences of it arising in Canada. You will work towards making Vancouver associated with AGI and specifically Sanctuary’s approach. You will be responsible not only for creation of the outreach strategy, but also its execution, in the form of oral and written proposals to government as appropriate.

As an integral member of our team, you will:

  • Deep dive into our technology to develop an in-depth knowledge of the current state and trajectory of artificial general intelligence, and in particular Sanctuary’s approach
  • Define a strategy for outreach to Canadian government at municipal, provincial and/or federal levels
  • Be responsible for executing on this strategy
  • Deliver $1m in grant funding within the first year; deliver $10m in grant funding within the first 3 years

About You:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of federal grant writing process concerning scientific or academic or creative-based government grants
  • Deep understanding of Canadian government technology investment landscape and experience with organizations that facilitate this (eg. NSERC, SSHRC, CFI, MITACS, WED, Invest in Canada, Innovation Superclusters, VEC)
  • You have a passion for technology and a background in some technical or scientific field; most directly applicable are artificial intelligence, computer science, robotics, or social sciences studying human social interactions
  • You are passionate about how the human mind works, and understand the implications of the creation of machines that think like we do
  • You believe that the creation of sentient machines can and should be an immense social and economic good
  • You are a mature extrovert with exceptional written and oral communication skills with a demonstrated capability to communicate with a wide range of audiences

Interested applicants should email careers@sanctuary.ai with the subject: FirstName LastName - Director, Government Relations.


 

Our Culture

We care deeply about making the world a better place. We value technical excellence, empathy, communication skills, beauty in the artefacts we create, and teamwork. We take success at being first to AGI seriously.