Principal Researcher – Machine Learning & Statistics – Microsoft Research

at Microsoft
Published December 1, 2022
Location Cambridge, United States of America
Category Machine Learning  
Job Type Full-time  


Call for Machine Learning, AI, & Statistics Researchers at Microsoft Research New England 


The machine learning and statistics group at Microsoft Research NE is actively seeking a Principal Researcher to join us in advancing the state-of-the-art in ML, AI, and statistics. If your research background is in these fields or a related one, 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 forty 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 researcher in MSR, you will define your own research agenda, 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. 


A complete application packet should include  

  • Your CV listing all peer-reviewed publications and preprints. 
  • At least 3 reference letters.  
  • Your research statement outlining your research achievements and agenda.  

To get started with your application, press the “Apply now” button above. When prompted, provide names and contact information for your references. Upload your research statement and CV 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 materials, including reference letters, should ideally be received by December 15, 2022. After that, we will consider applications on a rolling basis. 


Required Qualifications: 


Doctorate in relevant field AND 3+ years related reasearch experience OR equivalent experience


Preferred Qualification


  • Experience conducting independent research in machine learning, artificial intelligence, statistics, or a related field
  • Research ability demonstrated by conference publications, journal publications, or preprints
  • Experience participating in a top conference in relevant research domain
  • Experience publishing academic papers as a lead author or essential contributor.


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.


Benefits/perks listed below may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work.

Benefits and Perks

  • Industry leading healthcare
  • Savings and investments
  • Giving programs
  • Educational resources
  • Maternity and paternity leave
  • Opportunities to network and connect
  • Discounts on products and services
  • Generous time away