Postdoctoral Researcher - ML/AI

Microsoft - New York, NY4.2

Full-timeEstimated: $70,000 - $93,000 a year
Application deadline: Dec 11, 2018.

The machine learning team at Microsoft Research NYC is seeking a qualified postdoctoral researcher to join us in advancing the state-of-the-art in ML and AI. If your research background is in machine learning, artificial intelligence or a related field, 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 around the world. 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.

The Microsoft Research machine learning group in New York includes the following researchers (click on each link to view their respective projects and publications): Hal Daumé III, Miroslav Dudík, Akshay Krishnamurthy, John Langford, Robert Schapire, Alex Slivkins, Jenn Wortman Vaughan, and Hanna Wallach. We collaborate extensively with the other groups at MSR NYC (fairness/accountability/transparency/ethics in AI, computational economics, computational social science, and computer systems) and with groups across Microsoft Research.

The typical length of a postdoc is two years, following the academic calendar, and the earliest start date is July 1, 2019. We are happy to consider your application even if you have (or will have) tenure-track offers from other institutions, provided you are able to defer your faculty start date to accept our position.

To be assured of full consideration, all of your materials, including reference letters, need to be received by December 11, 2018. Applications received after that date may or may not be considered.


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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 by our application deadline of December 11, 2018. While you will not be able to view the letters themselves, you can check the status of individual reference requests within your application.

We are committed to building an inclusive, diverse and pluralistic research environment, and strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, as well as students with non-traditional backgrounds.

As a postdoc, you will

define your research agenda in collaboration with other researchers, driving forward an effective program of basic, fundamental, and applied research.
have the opportunity to collaborate and build new ideas with members of the group and others.
have the direct opportunity to realize your ideas in products and services used worldwide.
Completion of a PhD in computer science, electrical engineering, statistics, mathematics, or a related field by Fall 2019
Research ability demonstrated by 2 or more ML/AI related publications in top-rated conferences or journals
Research agenda that overlaps with ML group
Participation and activity in the scientific community
Strong communication skills
The ability to work in a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary environment

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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