Description of CHAI is pretty accurate. I think it’s a particularly good opportunity for people who are considering grad school as a long-term option: we’re in an excellent position to help people get into top programs, and you’ll also get a sense of what academic research culture is like.
We’d like to hire more than one engineer, and are currently trialling several hires. We have a mixture of work, some of which is more ML oriented and some of which is more infrastructure oriented. So we’d be willing to consider applicants with limited ML experience, but they’d need to have strengths in other areas to compensate.
If anyone is considering any of these roles and is uncertain whether they’re a good fit, I’d encourage you to just apply. It doesn’t take much time for you to apply or for the organisation to do an initial screening. I’ve spoken to several people who didn’t think they were viable candidates for a particular role, and then turned out to be one of the best applicants we’d received.
+1 on the last para, has repeatedly been my experience that the best qualified candidates for a job were not sure that they were and thought this meant they shouldn’t apply, which is a quite unfortunate default decision.