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Post Doc Researcher - Theoretical Computer Science - Microsoft Research


Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Job Type: Full time

Last updated

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- Reshma Saujani

Call for Postdocs in theoretical computer science at Microsoft Research NE

Microsoft Research NE is actively seeking a qualified postdoctoral researcher to join us in advancing the state-of-the-art in theoretical computer science. If your research background is in theoretical computer science or related areas, we would like to hear from you!

Microsoft Research offers an exhilarating and supportive environment for cutting-edge, multidisciplinary 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. We seek applicants with the passion and ability to craft and pursue an independent research program, including a strong publication record at top research venues.

Microsoft Research New England is comprised of fifty full-time researchers, postdocs, data scientists, engineers, and program managers working in machine learning, statistics, healthcare, computational biology, theoretical computer science, algorithmic game theory, economics, social media, cryptography, and mathematics. The lab is highly collaborative and interdisciplinary and is actively engaged with the local academic and tech communities.

We are committed to building an inclusive, diverse and pluralistic research environment. In keeping with this, Microsoft Research New England is a place where ALL are able to do their very best work.


As a postdoc, you define your research agenda in collaboration with other researchers, driving forward an effective program of basic, fundamental, and applied research. We highly value collaboration and building new ideas with members of the group and others. You have the direct opportunity to realize your ideas in products and services used worldwide.


This position is not to exceed two years

Required Qualifications

  • PhD (completed or close to completion) in computer science, statistics, electrical engineering, mathematics, or a related field
  • Research ability demonstrated by journal or conference publications or preprints

Preferred Qualifications

  • Research agenda that overlaps with theoretical computer science.
  • Participation and activity in the scientific community
  • Strong communication skills
  • The ability to work in a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary environment

To be assured of full consideration, all of your materials, including reference letters, need to be received no later than December 15, 2020.

A complete application packet should include:

  • CV, which lists all peer-reviewed publications and preprints.
  • At least 3 reference letters (typically, one will be from your dissertation advisor)
  • Research statement that outlines your research achievements and agenda.
  • Upload (as separate attachments to your application) 2 conference or journal articles, book chapters, or equivalent writing samples 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.

To be assured of full consideration, all your materials, including reference letters, need to be received by December 15, 2020. Applications received after that date may or may not be considered.

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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