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Full Time Job
Redmond, WA 98052
352 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10001
94300 - 182600 USD Per Year

What will you do in this job?

Microsoft Research New York City (MSR NYC) is seeking applicants for multiple postdoctoral researcher positions with empirical focus in machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI), especially in deep learning (including large foundation models), reinforcement learning and meta-learning (including meta-reinforcement learning). We encourage applicants with mixed theory + empirical focus to apply to this posting as well as our parallel posting with theoretical focus.

For full consideration, all application materials should be submitted by December 15, 2023.

As a post doc researcher, you will have the opportunity to pursue your own research agenda while interacting with our group's diverse array of researchers and practitioners, and contributing to ongoing research projects. We collaborate extensively with groups at other MSR locations and across Microsoft.

These positions are for up to two years, starting in July 2024, ending no later than June 30th, 2026.

Microsoft Research offers an exhilarating and supportive environment for cutting-edge, multidisciplinary research, both theoretical and empirical, with access to an extraordinary diversity of data sources, an open publications policy, and close links to top academic institutions around the world.

Applicants should have an established research track record, evidenced by conference or journal publications (or equivalent pieces of writing) and broader contributions to the research community.Applicants must have fulfilled their PhD degree requirements, including submission of their dissertation, prior to joining MSR NYC. We encourage candidates with tenure-track academic job offers to apply (with the option of doing a one-year rather than two-year postdoc), provided they are able to defer their start date by at least one year to accept our position.

We are committed to building an inclusive, diverse, and pluralistic research environment and strongly encourage applications from all backgrounds. We work collectively to make Microsoft Research a welcoming and productive space for all researchers.

Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, and we are dedicated to this mission across every aspect of our company. Our culture is centered on embracing a growth mindset and encouraging teams and leaders to bring their best each day. Join us and help shape the future of the world.


As a post doc researcher, you define your own research agenda in collaboration with other researchers, driving forward an effective program of basic, fundamental, and applied research. We highly value collaboration and building new ideas with members of the group and others. You may also have the direct opportunity to realize your ideas in products and services used worldwide. 


Required qualifications

  • Currently pursuing or have a complete PhD in relevant field

Other Requirements:

How to Apply

To be assured of full consideration, all application materials, including reference letters, need to be received by December 15, 2023. Applications received after that date may or may not be considered.

To ensure we receive a complete application from you, please be sure to follow these instructions:

  • Upload your CV.
  • When prompted in your application, please provide the names and contact information for at least 2 reference letter writers (in nearly all cases, one will be from your dissertation advisor).
  • Upload (as separate attachments to your application) 2 conference or journal articles, book chapters, or equivalent (potentially unpublished) writing samples that you are most proud of, and which best demonstrate your expertise.
  • Upload (as an attachment to your application) an academic statement (no more than 4 pages) that outlines both your research achievements and agenda.

After you submit your application, the system will send a request for letters to your list of references on your behalf. Note: The application system will not request reference letters until after you have submitted your application. You may wish to alert your letter writers in advance so that they will be ready to submit your letter by our application deadline of December 15, 2023. While you will not be able to view the letters themselves, you can check the status of individual reference requests within your application.

Preferred qualifications

  • Research ability demonstrated by two conference or journal publications, book chapters, or equivalent (potentially unpublished) writing samples, requested as part of the application. 
  • Research agenda that overlaps with ML & AI research at MSR NYC and/or MSR Redmond. 
  • The ability to work in a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary environment. 
  • Participation and activity in the scientific community. 

Research Sciences IC3 - The typical base pay range for this role across the U.S. is USD $94,300 - $182,600 per year. There is a different range applicable to specific work locations, within the San Francisco Bay area and New York City metropolitan area, and the base pay range for this role in those locations is USD $120,900 - $198,600 per year.Certain roles may be eligible for benefits and other compensation. Find additional benefits and pay information here:


Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. Consistent with applicable law, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, immigration status, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran or military status, race, ethnicity, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable local laws, regulations and ordinances. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application process, read more about requesting accommodations.

Preferred Qualifications

Work Experience

Entry level
Equivalent Experience Accepted!
1+ years work experience in one of the occupational industries below:
  • Research
  • Human Resources
  • Engineering


Doctorate (PhD) in one of the following areas below:
  • Computer Science & Mathematics
  • Engineering

Neuroexceptional Strengths

Creative ThinkerDetail-oriented ThinkerOut of the Box Problem Solver


There are no skill requirements.



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