Research Intern - Security and Cryptography

Last updated 9 days ago
Location:Redmond, Washington
Job Type:Full Time

Virtual Internship

Participation in the Research Internship Program requires that you are physically located in the United States or Canada for the duration of the internship.

Research Internships at Microsoft provide a dynamic environment for research careers with a network of world-class research labs led by globally-recognized scientists and engineers. Our researchers and engineers pursue innovation in a range of scientific and technical disciplines to help solve complex challenges in diverse fields, including computing, healthcare, economics, and the environment.

The researchers and engineers in the MSR Security and Cryptography team pursue both theoretical and applied research in our field that will have impact for Microsoft, Microsoft’s customers, and the industry at large. Our current projects include the design and development of quantum-resistant public-key cryptographic algorithms and protocols, high-performance post-quantum cryptographic libraries, quantum cryptanalysis, and end-to-end verifiable election technology.

Responsibilities

Interns put inquiry and theory into practice. Alongside fellow doctoral candidates and some of the world’s best researchers, interns learn, collaborate, and network for life. Interns not only advance their own careers, but they also contribute to exciting research and development strides. During the 12-week internship, students are paired with mentors and expected to collaborate with other interns and researchers, present findings, and contribute to the vibrant life of the community. Research internships are available in all areas of research, and are offered year-round, though they typically begin in the summer.

Qualifications

In addition to the qualifications below, you’ll need to submit a minimum of two reference letters for this position. After you submit your application, a request for letters may be sent to your list of references on your behalf. Note that reference letters cannot be requested until after you have submitted your application, and furthermore, that they might not be automatically requested for all candidates. You may wish to alert your letter writers in advance, so they will be ready to submit your letter.

Required Qualification

  • Must be accepted or currently enrolled in a Masters or PhD program in Computer Science or a related STEM field, or be within 2 months of having completed a Masters or PhD program in Computer Science or a related STEM field.

Participation in the Research Internship Program requires that you are physically located in the United States or Canada for the duration of the internship.

Preferred Qualifications

We are interested in applicants with expertise in one or more of the following:

  • Isogeny-based cryptography

  • Lattice-based cryptography

  • Classical and quantum cryptanalysis

  • Design of key exchange and digital signature primitives with post-quantum security

  • End-to-end verifiable election cryptography

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