About the Thousand Brains Project:

The Thousand Brains Project is implementing the next generation of AI systems. We believe that to create human-like intelligence we need to take a close look at how the human neocortex works. The Thousand Brains Theory provides us with a solid foundation for our implementation of a generally intelligent system, and we are moving this project into the open source so we can build a community around it. Join our team and be part of building the next big thing in AI!

Job Description:

As a researcher on the open-source Thousand Brains Project, you will be working with a small team of researchers and engineers to develop a generally intelligent system based on the principles of the Thousand Brains Theory. Your time will be split between understanding and reviewing neuroscience literature, further developing theory, architecting and designing the system, and implementing and testing the system. This is a full-time position. Working remotely is possible.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work with the research team to further our theory of intelligence.
  • Take insights from neuroscience and the Thousand Brains Theory and implement them in our open-source code base.
  • Test our implementation on a variety of sensorimotor tasks.
  • Communicate our progress to other researchers and the open source community.


  • PhD in Computer Science, Computational Neuroscience, Cognitive Science or related field, or equivalent experience.
  • At least 5 years research experience in a neuroscience, artificial intelligence or related field.
  • At least 5 years experience writing high quality code in Python.
  • Previous contribution to open-source code bases or working on a (non-open-source) collaborative code base.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication abilities. Ability  to explain complex concepts to diverse audiences.
  • Team player. Proven ability to collaborate well with others. Willing to share your knowledge with others. Dedicated to the project’s success.
  • Quick learner. Ability to pick up fast on new concepts and willing to learn about topics outside of previous experience.
  • A general interest in creating brain-based AI and understanding intelligence.

What We Offer

  • The chance to work on the cutting-edge of biologically inspired AI.
  • A deep dive into understanding how intelligence works.
  • Working with an amazing team of researchers and engineers in a company that values innovation, creativity, and collaboration.
  • Significant opportunities for personal growth and development.
  • Flexible work hours and the ability to work remotely.

Job Location: San Francisco Bay Area for a hybrid position (part time in the office in Redwood City). Remote work from US locations or selected international locations is possible.

Compensation: We offer a competitive salary reflective of the candidate’s expertise and geographic location. Our compensation package includes full medical, dental, and vacation benefits (details are dependent on geographic location). The base annual salary range for this position for candidates residing in the San Francisco Bay Area is $140,000 to $200,000; exact salary will depend on the candidate’s experience level, fit to the job description and geographic location. We also include a competitive stock option package, ensuring a shared stake in our future success.

How To Apply

To apply please send your resume and a cover letter to The cover letter must state your specific fit to the job description above.

Numenta is an equal opportunity employer supporting workforce diversity.