Open Post-Doc Researcher Positions

Microsoft Research provides a vibrant research environment with an open publications policy and with close links to top academic institutions around the world. Post-doc researcher positions provide an opportunity to develop your research career and to interact with some of the top minds in the research community, with the potential to have your research realized in products and services that will be used world-wide. Post-doc researchers are invited to define their own research agenda and demonstrate their ability to drive forward an effective program of research. Successful candidates will have a PhD and a well-established research track record as demonstrated by journal publications and conference papers, as well as participation on program committees, editorial boards, and advisory panels.

Post-doc researchers receive a competitive salary and benefits package, and are eligible for relocation expenses. Post-doc researchers are hired for a one- or two-year fixed term appointment. Applicants must have completed the requirements for a PhD, including submission of their thesis, prior to joining Microsoft Research. To be considered for employment for any post-doctorate opportunity at the New England lab, Microsoft Research requires your completion of an online application and the submission of the following:

    • CV
    • Publications list
    • Research statement
    • At least three letters of recommendation

Typical positions by lab

 

New England Lab (Cambridge, MA)

You can review the biographies of our current post-docs and see our former post-docs.

To apply for a post-doc position at Microsoft Research New England
This past year, we welcomed applicants with a strong academic record in the five areas listed below. 

1. Mathematics

    • Where to apply: Qualified candidates need not apply at the Microsoft Research site, and are instead encourage to review the joint Schramm Postdoctoral Fellowship in Probability Theory and Discrete Mathematics posting at the MIT website
    • Application Deadline: Since this position has now been filled, we will no longer be reviewing applications within this focus area.

2. Economics & Computation

    • Where to apply: Qualified economics candidates need not apply at the Microsoft Research site, and are instead encouraged to review our listing on the Econ Job Market website. Also, look for our JOE online ad.
    • Application Deadline: Since this position has now been filled, we will no longer be reviewing applications within this focus area.

3. Computational Systems Biology

    • Where to apply: https://careers.research.microsoft.com/
    • Application Deadline: N/A
    • Special Instructions:
      • Select “Computational Systems Biology” as your research area, which can be found under the "Select Positions & More" section of the Microsoft Research application.
      • We encourage your research statement submission to be one page describing your most significant research accomplishments
      • Important Update: Since this position has now been filled, we will no longer be reviewing applications within this focus area.

4. Machine Learning

5. Social Media

    • Where to apply: https://careers.research.microsoft.com/
    • Application Deadline: Since this position has now been filled, we will no longer be reviewing applications within this focus area.
    • Special Instructions:
      • Select “Anthropology, Communication, Media Studies, and Sociology” as your research area, which can be found under the "Select Positions & More" section of the Microsoft Research application.
      • Please upload the following three attachments with your online application:
        • two journal articles, book chapters, or equivalent writing samples (uploaded as two separate attachments
        • a single research statement (four-page maximum length) that addresses the following: outlines the questions and methodologies central to your research agenda (~two-page maximum length); provides an abstract and chapter outline of your dissertation (~one-page maximum length); offers a description of how your research agenda relates to research conducted by the social media collective (~one-page maximum length)
        • Qualified social media candidates can learn more here

Other Application Guidance
We encourage you to review which New England lab’s member is most closely related to your area of research, and add them in the "Microsoft Research Contacts" field, which can be found under the "Select Positions & More" section of the application.

We encourage you to monitor the status of your requested letters of recommendation, as the application is considered “incomplete” until three letters of reference have been submitted. You can check the status of your application, including progress on individual reference requests, at any time by clicking the Status tab within your application page.

We may also consider selected applicants in other focus areas of the lab, such as Computer science (including algorithms, algorithmic game theory, complexity, communication, cryptography, and vision).

Microsoft Research New England Application Deadlines
To ensure full consideration, complete your application by the appropriate deadline, listed above. A complete application includes three submitted letters of reference. Applications may be reviewed after the deadlines, subject to availability.

For any additional questions, email our recruiting team.

 

New York City Lab (New York City, NY)

You can review the websites of our current post-docs here.

This past year, we welcomed applicants with a strong academic record in one of the following areas:

We will also consider applicants in other focus areas of the lab, including Information Retrieval.

    To apply for a post-doc position at Microsoft Research New York City

    1. Submit your online application.
      1. Indicate that your location preference is “New York City, U.S.”
      2. Review which New York City lab’s member is most closely related to your area of research, and indicate their name in the "Microsoft Research Contact" field, which can be found under the "Personal Information" section of the application.
      3. Note: Qualified economics candidates need not apply at the Microsoft Research site, and are instead encouraged to review our listing on the Econ Job Market website. Also, look for our JOE online ad.
    2. We encourage you to monitor the status of your requested letters of recommendation, as the application is considered “incomplete” until three letters of reference have been submitted. You can check the status of your application, including progress on individual reference requests, at any time by clicking the Status tab within your application page.

    Microsoft Research New York City Post-Doc Application Deadline
    Since this position has now been filled, we will no longer be reviewing applications within this focus area.

    *A complete application includes three submitted letters of reference.

    For any questions about the application process, send us email.

    Microsoft is an Equal Opportunity Employer and supports workforce diversity.
    Please Note:
    All Post-Doc positions for Academic Year 2014-15 have been filled. Please check back in Fall 2014 for deadline updates.