Senior Researcher - Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Reinforcement Learning (Algorithmic/Representation) - Microsoft Research


On Site
USD 112,000.00 - 218,400.00 per year
Full Time


Machine Learning (ML)
Artificial intelligence
Deep learning

Job Details

Microsoft Research New York City (MSR NYC) is seeking applicants for a senior researcher position focusing on representation learning and efficient decision making with learned representations in the broader area of machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) , and in particular in the areas of interactive learning, this include deep learning with large foundation models over actions, and reinforcement learning.

Researchers in the ML/AI group cover a breadth of focus areas and research methodologies/approaches, spanning theoretical and empirical ML. We appreciate candidates with the potential to leverage/enhance the work of others in the group.

As a senior researcher, you will interact with our group's diverse array of researchers and practitioners , and contribute to ongoing research projects. We collaborate extensively with groups at other MSR locations and across Microsoft.

Microsoft Research (MSR) offers an exhilarating and supportive environment for cutting-edge, multidisciplinary research, both theoretical and empirical, with access to an extraordinary diversity of data sources, an open publications policy, and close links to top academic institutions around the world.

Applicants should have an established research track record, evidenced by conference or journal publications (or equivalent pieces of writing) and broader contributions to the research community. Applicants must have fulfilled their PhD degree requirements, including submission of their dissertation, prior to joining MSR NYC.

We are committed to building an inclusive, diverse, and pluralistic research environment and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We work collectively to make Microsoft Research a welcoming and productive space for all researchers.

Microsoft's mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, and we are dedicated to this mission across every aspect of our company. Our culture is centered on embracing a growth mindset and encouraging teams and leaders to bring their best each day. Join us and help shape the future of the world.


Required Qualifications
  • Currently pursuing or have a completed PhD in a relevant field
    • OR equivalent experience.

Other Qualification

How to Apply

To ensure we receive a complete application from you, please be sure to follow these instructions:
  • Upload your CV.
  • When prompted in your application, please provide the names and contact information for at least 3 reference letter writers (in nearly all cases, one will be from your dissertation advisor).
  • Upload (as separate attachments to your application) 3 conference or journal articles, book chapters, or equivalent (potentially unpublished) writing samples that you are most proud of, and which best demonstrate your expertise.
  • Upload (as an attachment to your application) an academic statement (no more than 4 pages) that outlines both your research achievements and agenda.

After you submit your application, the system will send a request for letters to your list of references on your behalf. Note: The application system will not request reference letters until after you have submitted your application. While you will not be able to view the letters themselves, you can check the status of individual reference requests within your application.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Doctorate in relevant field AND 2+ years related research experience
    • OR equivalent experience.
  • Research agenda that complements ML & AI research at MSR NYC, Redmond, New England, or Cambridge.
  • The ability to work in a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary environment.
  • Participation and activity in the scientific community.
  • Research ability demonstrated by three conference or journal publications, book chapters, or equivalent (potentially unpublished) writing samples, requested as part of the application.

Research Sciences IC4 - The typical base pay range for this role across the U.S. is USD $112,000 - $218,400 per year. 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 $145,800 - $238,600 per year.

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.



As a senior researcher, you define your own 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 may also have the direct opportunity to realize your ideas in products and services used worldwide.