Research Intern - Systems Reliability


On Site
USD 6,290.00 - 12,170.00 per month
Full Time


Research and Development
Reliability engineering
Software engineering
Machine Learning (ML)
Dynamic testing
Microsoft technologies
Microsoft Azure
Microsoft Office
Computer science
Health care
Cloud computing
Profit and loss

Job Details

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, who 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 Systems Reliability Research in Microsoft Research is looking to hire Resaerch Interns and aims to develop practical tools and techniques that can help cloud developers adequately debug, test, monitor, and troubleshoot their systems. The research combines Distributed Systems, PL, Software Engineering, and Machine Learning techniques and spans all aspects of improving reliability and availability of large-scale cloud systems, including:
  • Analyzing production data to understand how real cloud systems fail and what can be done to prevent them.
  • Developing practical static and dynamic analysis techniques to uncover hard-to-find bugs before production. The techniques can be evaluated and used with thousands with Microsoft software projects.
  • Developing practical and novel techniques for diagnosing failures, runtime monitoring, logging, & failure prevention, etc.
  • Developing solutions to help quick troubleshooting of production incidents.

During this research internship, you will have the opportunities to work with top researchers and engineers at Microsoft Research as well as various product teams in Microsoft Azure and Office365, and to develop innovative solutions to challenging research problems in the above technical areas. You will also have the unique opportunity to evaluate your techniques on thousands of software projects in Microsoft.

Over the last several years, technology arising from our research has significantly improved reliability of many Microsoft products and has led to publications in top systems conferences.


Required Qualifications
  • Currently enrolled in a PhD program in Computer Science or a related STEM field.

Other Requirements

  • Research Interns are expected to be physically located in their manager's Microsoft worksite location for the duration of their internship.
  • 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.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Familiarity with common failures of cloud systems and techniques for debugging, testing, configuring, and monitoring large-scale cloud systems
  • Familiarity with existing distributed systems, software engineering, and machine learning techniques to improve software reliability

The base pay range for this internship is USD $6,290 - $12,170 per month. There is a different range applicable to specific work locations, within the San Francisco Bay area and New York City metropolitan area, and the base pay range for this role in those locations is USD $8,060 - $13,240 per month.

Certain roles may be eligible for benefits and other compensation. Find additional benefits and pay information here:

Microsoft accepts applications and processes offers for these roles on an ongoing basis.

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.


Research Interns put inquiry and theory into practice. Alongside fellow doctoral candidates and some of the world's best researchers, Research Interns learn, collaborate, and network for life. Research Interns not only advance their own careers, but they also contribute to exciting research and development strides. During the 12-week internship, Research Interns are paired with mentors and expected to collaborate with other Research 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.