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Young Faculty Program

Young faculty members are responsible for helping to advance research and foster new talent, yet they often face challenges such as defining long-term research goals and building a reputation in the academic community. To help address such issues, Microsoft Research Asia initiated the Young Faculty Program, which offers a six-month visiting researcher position at Microsoft Research Asia partnering with lead researchers.

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Program Overview

This program offers a special opportunity for talented young academics. Visiting faculty members work at least six months in the Microsoft Research Asia lab with leading researchers and co-supervise interns in related research groups.

About the Nomination

Application Process

  • Secure approval from your university and department.
  • Complete the application form in English.
  • Submit the completed application materials in an e-mail message to the Microsoft Research Asia Visiting Young Faculty Program Committee at msravr@microsoft.com.
  • The Microsoft Research Asia Visiting Young Faculty Program Committee screens applications.
  • After the first round review, the program committee announces the interviewee list and contacts interviewees to arrange the interview. Candidates who pass the interview will receive an offer letter from Microsoft Research Asia.
  • Please send any questions in an e-mail message to msravr@microsoft.com.

About the Experience

“I spent half of the year at Microsoft Research Asia as a visiting faculty … Microsoft Research Asia not only provides cutting-edge equipment and technology in computer science field to our visiting faculty, but also an open and relaxed research environment, let alone working together with so many creative researchers who also have numerous fresh ideas.”
Zhijun Li, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, on visiting the Platform and Device Center, January–July 2008

“What impressed me a lot and the first direct intuition on Microsoft Research Asia is the staff here “runs happily.” … I couldn’t imagine that staff can work with such a happy state under the high-speed working environment before entering Microsoft Research Asia. Whenever you talk with staff here, you always meet sweet smile, and feel optimistic and open-minded attitude to life and work from their words and deeds.”
Guangzhong Sun, University of Science and Technology of China, on visiting the Web Search and Data Mining Group, October 2007–August 2008

“It is the best choice to do research in Microsoft Research Asia … Microsoft Research Asia attracts many top talents, where various fresh ideas usually collide with each other, inspiring new research topics. Communication and discussion with researchers here always benefit me a lot since they have rigorous attitude to research and always pursue success persistently. When dealing with scientific issues, they are by no means perfunctory and usually discuss with great relish to midnight.”
Zhengwei Qi, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, on visiting the Systems Group, January 2008–July 2008