Senior Researcher


Location: Bellevue, Washington

Job Type: Full time


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Microsoft significantly expanded its efforts in the intelligent cloud, and Microsoft AI Cognitive Services is at the forefront! The Knowledge and Language Team in Cognitive Services Research is looking for extremely talented and highly motivated researchers to work on cutting edge research in Natural Language Processing in areas such as text summarization, few-shot learning and dialogues. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated track record of broadly recognized research publications at leading conferences.

We are looking for you if you:

  • Have a solid background in one or more NLP areas, such as text summarization, few-shot learning and dialogues.
  • Are passionate about incubating new ideas, solving problems, and building working systems.
  • Are self-motivated, proven collaborators, good communicators, attentive to details, and keen to learn.

Have practical experience working in an academic or industrial research environment.


The mission of our group is to make fundamental contributions to advancing the state-of-the-art technologies both within Microsoft and in the external research community. As a researcher, you will:

  • Collaborate with world-class researchers and engineers to develop cutting-edge algorithms to create innovative applications and solutions, solving real-world challenges.
  • Conduct influential research published in top-tier venues
  • Experiment with methods to improve and fine-tune state-of-the-art NLP deep learning models
  • Develop prototype software based on research ideas to stimulate new thinking, and to aid the transition of research into products. Contribute with research ideas, as it complements existing research concepts and algorithms.
  • Collaborate with our development team, often serving as a bridge between the research team and the product group.


Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in Computer Science or related area.
  • 3+ years of research or engineering experience in natural language processing, such as text summarization, few-shot learning and conversation modeling.
  • 3+ years of hands-on experience in deep Learning using frameworks such as PyTorch, or TensorFlow.
  • Publication in top-tier venues such as ACL, EMNLP, NAACL, ICLR, ICML, NeurIPS, AAAI, IJCAI or equivalent.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in collaborating with engineering team to ship NLP technology to products.

Ability to meet Microsoft, customer and/or government security screening requirements are required for this role. These requirements include but are not limited to the following specialized security screenings: Microsoft Cloud Background Check: This position will be required to pass the Microsoft Cloud background check upon hire/transfer and every two years after.

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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