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Research Intern - Algorithms group


Location: Redmond, Washington

Job Type: Full time

Last updated

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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 Algorithms group at MSR Redmond is looking for exceptional doctoral students to work on theoretical computer science, in particular,differential privacy, approximation and online algorithms, scheduling theory, coding theory (particularly, coding for distributed data storage and coding for DNA storage). Our researchers and interns have been conducting influential research published in top-tier venues such as STOC, FOCS, SODA, NeurIPS, ICML, ICLR, ISIT. For more details on our research group and projects, pleasesee:

For fullest consideration please apply by December 31, 2020.


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.


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 currently enrolled in a PhD program in Computer Science, Mathematics, Electrical Engineering, or a related STEM field.

Preferred Qualifications

Some publications at top theory of CS, ML, or EE conferences (STOC, FOCS, SODA, CCC, NeurIPS, ICML, ICLR, ISIT, etc.) or top journals.

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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