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About Researcher and Post-Doc Full-Time Positions

Walk the halls of Microsoft Research labs and you’ll find some of the world’s finest computer scientists, social scientists, mathematicians, physicists, biologists, economists, communication scientists, and engineers. We’re charged with a job that constantly evolves: advancing the state of the art in computer science. Given the freedom to pursue our passions, we look for gaps in current technologies and dedicate ourselves to filling them. As diverse as our research and accomplishments may be, we share the motivation to see our ideas and innovations tackle the world’s toughest challenges and improve the lives of people everywhere.

We provide a rich research environment, an open publications policy, and close links to top academic institutions worldwide. Most of our researchers hold PhDs and have track records of published papers and participation on program committees, editorial boards, and advisory panels. And throughout our labs, you’ll find software engineers turning ideas into prototypes to transform our technology into Microsoft products. Top PhD students and outstanding research-minded undergraduate and graduate students also intern with us, putting research and theory into practice while working with renowned researchers and networking with fellow PhD students from around the world.

Learn more about these opportunities at Microsoft Research:

Researcher Opportunities

The primary responsibilities of a researcher include conducting basic and applied research on the most challenging computer science problems.

Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. 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. Additional requirements include outstanding communication skills and the ability to develop original research agendas. Junior candidates must have demonstrated outstanding potential for leadership in their field as judged by letters of recommendation. Candidates must also be able to collaborate effectively with other researchers and product development teams.


  • PhD degree in computer science, electrical engineering, statistics, mathematics, or equivalent field
  • Research experience in, and familiarity with, the literature in one of the Microsoft Research research areas; industrial research internships a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to generate new ideas and innovate.
  • Research track record including minimum of two peer-reviewed research publications; stronger publication history a plus.

Positions available in all lab locations.

Post-Doc Researcher Opportunities

Microsoft Research provides a vibrant research environment with an open publications policy and with close links to top academic institutions across the United States, Europe, and Asia. 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.

Qualifications for post-doc researchers include a strong academic record in computer science or relevant technical area. Applicants must have completed the requirements for a PhD, including submission of their thesis, prior to joining Microsoft Research.

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.

Positions available in all lab locations.

Non-PhD Researcher Opportunities (India and Asia Lab Only)

The India and Asia labs offer research opportunities for non-PhD candidates. These opportunities provide research exposure to non-PhD candidates who have a strong research bent of mind. Researchers work on research projects under the mentorship of senior researchers. These opportunities may be permanent or for a fixed term of one or two years.

Fresh or recent bachelors and masters program graduates are considered for these positions. Successful candidates will have a strong academic background in science, electrical engineering, statistics, mathematics, or equivalent field. Candidates should have strong letters of recommendations from their faculty. Prior publications and exposure to research would be an advantage.

Positions available in India and China only.