Principal Researcher – Machine Learning – Microsoft Research

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Job Description

The Machine Learning Foundations Group in Microsoft Research Redmond seeks exceptional principal researchers who are passionate about developing the next generation of principled machine learning and optimization algorithms. Applicants must have an outstanding track-record in fields related to machine learning and optimization, and be a leader in their core field of study (mathematics, physics, computer science or statistics).


As a principal researcher in Microsoft Research you will develop your research career as a member of a world-class research organization. You will set your own research agenda and collaborate with other researchers and engineers, with the goal of achieving breakthroughs in the field. You will also have the opportunity to see your ideas come to life in products and services that are used worldwide.

We offer a vibrant environment for cutting-edge, multidisciplinary research, both theoretical and applied, including access to diverse data sources, an open publication policy, and close links to top academic institutions around the world.


Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in machine learning, mathematics, physics, or closely related areas.
  • Long-standing research track record of publications, open source software, or other scientific leadership activities.


  • Leader in their core field (mathematics, physics, computer science or statistics).
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate, communicate effectively, and work as part of a team.

Please submit a CV and the names of at least two references as required by the online application.

You should also upload:

  • The two conference or journal articles, book chapters, or equivalent writing samples which best demonstrate your expertise;
  • An academic statement (approximately 2-4 pages) that outlines both your research achievements and agenda, and your service and outreach activities and plans (for example, those related to mentoring or diversity)

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.

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

Company Info.


Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational technology company with headquarters in Redmond, Washington. It develops, manufactures, licenses, supports, and sells computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers, and related services. It is one of the Big Five American information technology companies, alongside Google, Amazon, Apple, and Meta.

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    Redmond, WA, USA
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