Senior Applied Scientist

Last updated one month ago
Location:Redmond, Washington
Job Type:Full Time

Microsoft Research provides a collaborative and dynamic environment for some of the world’s best researchers, data scientists and engineers. Our mission is to transform research into concrete systems and have direct impact on commercial products. Our team works at the intersection of systems and AI to define the next-generation intelligent systems. We leverage and advance state-of-the-art reinforcement learning, NLP and artificial intelligence techniques to automate and simplify human tasks in both the enterprise and consumer space. We are looking for a motivated and energetic data scientist or engineer with a passion for applied research.


Our engineering culture is creative, dynamic and inclusive. This position involves working with researchers and developers in a start-up-like environment. Team members are encouraged to explore innovative ideas, implement them iteratively to learn quickly, and collaborate with product groups to test them in the wild. Successful candidates will be expected to transform research ideas into concrete implementations. There will be opportunities to collaborate with Microsoft’s major product groups and share research outcomes with others via a range of means such as publications.


We seek applicants from researchers across all areas of ML, AI, data mining and related fields. Examples of research areas include machine learning and optimization, deep learning, reinforcement learning, natural language processing, program synthesis, machine teaching, and robotics.

Required qualifications

  • A PhD in Computer Science or related engineering or science fields.
  • Expertise in developing or applying data mining or machine learning algorithms.
  • Strong software development skills in one or more of Python, Java/C#, C/C++.
  • Excellent problem solving and data analysis skills.
  • Effective communication skills, both verbal and written.

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience with reinforcement learning and/or NLP techniques (e.g., word embeddings, transformers, LSTMs, etc.).
  • 2+ years of experience with deep learning in PyTorch or Tensorflow/Keras.
  • Web development experience.

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form.

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