Large-Scale Social Impact

AI for social good is our mission and compass at the Wadhwani Institute for Artificial Intelligence—whether we are working with cotton farmers in Trichy or partnering with the Government to create solutions for managing tuberculosis cases. As the world's first independent nonprofit research institute developing AI solutions for social good, we work in domains such as health, agriculture, financial inclusion, education, and infrastructure.

What Drives Us?

“Today we are at a new dawn of Artificial Intelligence and it is now almost a given that AI will be intricately intertwined in every aspect of our lives.  Yet, for all the hype, the current and anticipated reach of AI, or at least its benefits, will be limited to less than 50% of humanity - those who are economically comfortable and able to access these. The belief driving us at Wadhwani AI is that AI can help address the knowledge and expertise gaps that limit progress in improving the lives of poor communities.”

– Dr P Anandan, CEO


We're looking for a
Lead Engineer to join our diverse, passionate, internationally-acclaimed team of scientists, innovators, and entrepreneurs.

As Lead Software Engineer at Wadhwani AI, you will lead software teams to develop products that shape impact-driven AI solutions, with a focus on long term impact and minimising future risk.

An important aspect of the work you do will be to put in place and monitor the use of engineering best-practices around software development, versioning, automation, and testing. You will also mentor and coach junior software engineers to think critically and strategically, and to deliver scalable solutions.

You will build and maintain the organisation’s technical infrastructure, for both internal development and external deployment.

You will work closely with teams spanning product and program management, researchers and designers, and external partners to build production software for field deployment and pluggable interfaces to enable the widespread adoption of our solutions.

Our Lead Software Engineer will have the incredible opportunity to shape and build large-scale, impact-driven AI solutions that help the underserved billions across the developing world. You will work alongside peers who are graduates of Stanford, Yale, Cornell, and the IITs, with experience at companies such as Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and DE Shaw, and you will report to the Chief Innovation Officer and CEO.

A sense of respect for an ethics-led approach to data security and privacy would be advantageous. This is a core value of ours at Wadhwani AI, and one that we are uniquely committed to.


✔ You have a strong track record of leading and mentoring your teams to build high-quality consumer software products that have been successfully deployed.

✔ You have significant hands-on experience with building back- and front-end cloud-based web and mobile applications.

✔ You are experienced with optimising and debugging programs for correctness and performance issues across the stack and creating APIs for customers and partners.

✔ Your teams and peers see you as a positive, inspiring and supportive leader.

✔ Your written and verbal communication skills are clear, sharp, and concise, whether within the team or when working with stakeholders and partners.

✔ You understand socially-aware technology and its impact on rural livelihoods.


✔ You have experience writing code for open-source projects, high-performance systems, SaaS products, and cloud infrastructure.

✔ You have some exposure to and a keen interest in machine learning.

✔ You have significant experience in project management.

If you are excited by the idea of pushing the frontiers of bleeding-edge applied AI research and engineering to create large-scale social impact, and working with some of the sharpest talent in the world, click the button below to apply to be our new Lead Software Engineer.