Full Job Description
Microsoft Research provides a dynamic environment for research careers with a network of world-class research labs led by globally-recognized scientists and engineers. Our researchers and engineers 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 Cloud and Infrastructure Security group offers an exhilarating and supportive environment for cutting-edge, multidisciplinary research focused on solving the toughest security and privacy problems. Researchers in the group tackle challenges related to Data-Driven Security, Human-Centered Security, Cloud Security, Infrastructure Security, and Hardware Security.
Two researchers on the team, Elissa Redmiles and Cormac Herley, seek an intern to focus on a Data-Driven, Human-Centered Security project focused on users’ security behaviors. Security research often considers users’ security behaviors in isolation: independent of the accounts on which they are performed, users’ perceptions of account value and risk of attack to those accounts, as well as independent of their relationship to behaviors on users’ entire portfolio of accounts. We know from controlled experiments that account value impacts users’ security behaviors and it has been theorized that users have limited compliance budgets for doing security across accounts. Yet, we have little empirical data on users account portfolio, how they value their accounts, and what risk of attack they perceive to those accounts, all necessary data points if we seek to understand how users balance risk, value, and behavioral inconvenience or cost to determine their security posture. This project seeks to fill these gaps.
Interns put inquiry and theory into practice. Alongside fellow doctoral candidates and some of the world’s best researchers, interns learn, collaborate, and network for life. Interns not only advance their own careers, but they also contribute to exciting research and development strides. During the 12-week internship, students are paired with mentors and expected to collaborate with other 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.
The intern should have previously authored (preferably first-authored) a high-quality research publication in a conference (CS candidates) or journal (other candidates) in their field.
Additionally, the intern should have strengths in at least 2 of the following areas:
Statistics / statistical programming (R or python), especially regression modeling of survey data
Survey methods including questionnaire design, pretesting (e.g., cognitive interviews), sampling considerations & survey deployment
Quantitative sociology focused on network scaleup methods or respondent driven sampling
In addition to the qualifications below, you’ll need 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.
Must be currently enrolled in a research-focused graduate program
Must have at least 1 research publication in a reputable venue in your field
Must have at least 1 year of experience with two of the following: statistical programming (R/python), survey methodology, network scaleup methods, frontend experimental research programming
Must have demonstrated ability to work independently
Must be able to communicate clearly and effectively including through oral presentations, email, and academic publications
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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