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Post Doc Researcher - Systems – Microsoft Research


Location: New York, New York

Job Type: Full time

Last updated

Be brave, not perfect.
- Reshma Saujani

We seek outstanding applicants for a full-time postdoctoral researcher position in Systems and related areas. The earliest start date is July 1, 2021 for a period of one or two years.

The Systems research group in NYC investigates a wide variety of topics within distributed systems, operating systems, and networking, while drawing on techniques from machine learning, theory, privacy, and program verification to build more powerful systems.

We are strong believers in responsible AI: our goal is to apply AI to systems in a way that is minimally disruptive, synergistic with human solutions, and safe. Our team is inherently interdisciplinary, as is our mission. We engage in deep collaborations with world experts in machine learning, computational social science, economics, and FATE. In all of our work, a top priority is impact: we publish at the best academic conferences and journals, in systems and beyond; our work has also led to multiple tech transfers with product groups across the company, resulting in real business impact.

Microsoft Research NYC offers an exhilarating and supportive environment for cutting-edge research, both theoretical and applied, with access to an extraordinary diversity of big and small data sources, an open publications policy, and close links to top academic institutions around the world. We are particularly proud of the interdisciplinary work that MSR-NYC has been able to foster, and welcome applications from those interested in working across disciplines.


As a postdoctoral researcher, you can define your own research agenda or advance an existing agenda, driving forward an effective program of basic, fundamental, and applied research. We highly value collaboration and building new ideas with members of your research group as well as others. You have the direct opportunity to interact with real data, products, and services used worldwide.


This role is not to exceed two years.


  • PhD in relevant field completed or close to completion.
  • Strong research skills demonstrated by conference and/or journal publications


  • Strong programming/computing skills
  • The ability to work in a collaborative and interdisciplinary environment
  • Experience/interest in .unconventional, interdisciplinary methods.

To be assured of full consideration, all of your materials, including reference letters, need to be received no later than December 15, 2020. Applications received after that date may or may not be considered.

A complete application packet should include:

  • CV, which lists all peer-reviewed publications.
  • At least 3 reference letters (typically, one will be from your dissertation advisor)
  • Research statement (approximately 3-4 pages) that outlines your research achievements and agenda.
  • 2 writing samples: conference or journal articles, book chapters, etc., that you are most proud of and which best demonstrate your expertise.

To get started with your application, press the “Apply now” button above. When prompted, provide names and contact information of your references. Upload your cover letter, research statement and the two writing samples as separate attachments. Remember to press the “Submit” button at the last screen.

After you submit your application, the system will send a request for letters to your list of referees 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. While you will not be able to view the letters themselves, you can check the status of individual reference requests within your application.

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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