Senior Applied Scientist

Last updated 3 days ago
Location:Bellevue, Washington
Job Type:Full Time

What if your job description were simply “Make tomorrow better?” That’s the essence of roles within our Microsoft Advertising team. Every day, we bring an insatiable curiosity to the table, challenging ourselves to reimagine what is and what can be. We build on what’s come before to create what’s next. We drive machine intelligence. We help shape the future. We empower billions of people around the globe. Online Advertising is one of the fastest growing businesses on the Internet today, with about $70 billion of a $600 billion advertising market already online. Search engines, web publishers, major ad networks, and ad exchanges are now serving billions of ad impressions per day and generating terabytes of user events data every day. The rapid growth of online advertising has created enormous opportunities as well as technical challenges that demand computational intelligence. Computational Advertising has emerged as a new interdisciplinary field that involves information retrieval, machine learning, data mining, statistics, operations research, and micro-economics, to solve challenging problems that arise in online advertising. One of the most important challenge for Advertisers is to reach right audience in right time.

Microsoft is innovating rapidly in this space to grow its share of this market by providing the advertising industry with the state-of-the-art online advertising platform, service and AI Powered intelligence. Microsoft Advertising Marketplace and Serving (MPS) team is at the core of this effort, responsible for research & development of all the algorithmic and platform components in our advertising technology stack, including:

  • Audience Modeling and Understanding and Analytics
  • Content and Intent Understanding
  • Personalization and Recommendations Service
  • Marketplace mechanism design and optimization, and whole-page experience optimization
  • Rich and innovative Ad products that add relevant and personalized information
  • Advertising metrics and measurement, including relevance and ad campaign effectiveness
  • Demand Supply Forecasting
  • A/B Testing (Experimentation) infrastructure including tools for configuring and launching experiments, dashboard, live marketplace monitoring and diagnosis.
  • Near Real Time Platforms for consumption and generation of many types of signals at high throughput
  • Serving platforms capable of executing complex algorithms & DL models at low latency & high throughput

We heavily use the recent advances in cloud computing infrastructure to harness huge volume of data for solving many of the above-mentioned problems. The MPS team is a world-class R&D team of scientists and engineers who solve challenging problems and turn innovative ideas into high-quality products and services that can help hundreds of millions of users and advertisers, and directly impact our business.


As a Senior Applied Scientist, you will formulate approaches to solve problems using AI and ML in the context of customer, engineering and business needs. You will dive deep into data to find key insights that impact the business. You will design algorithm, train model and deploy to production. You will lead other data scientists to work with engineers and product managers to deliver end-to-end experience. You will collaborate across the company including research teams to adopt the latest technologies in AI and ML. You will come up with innovative solutions to address customer challenges.


  • BS/MS in Computer Science, Statistics, Applied Mathematics or Physics. PhD is strongly preferred.
  • Excellent communication and collaborative skills
  • 6+ years of professional experience in applications of machine learning, data science and analysis
  • 3+ years of experience in at least one of the DL frameworks like PyTorch, TensorFlow etc.
  • 3+ years of experience in at least one of programming languages like Python/R/C#/Java/C++
  • Experience with NLP, CV or Recommender System is a big plus

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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