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Research Scientist



Redmond, WA, USA
Posted on Monday, February 12, 2024
We are seeking a highly skilled and passionate Research Scientist to join our Responsible & OpenAI Research (ROAR) team in Azure Cognitive Services.

As a Research Scientist, you will play a key role in advancing the field of Responsible Artificial Intelligence (AI) to ensure safe releases of the rapidly advancing AI technologies, such as GPT-4, GPT-4V, DALL-E 3 and beyond, as well as to expand and enhance our standalone Azure AI Content Safety Service.

Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. As employees we come together with a growth mindset, innovate to empower others, and collaborate to realize our shared goals. Each day we build on our values of respect, integrity, and accountability to create a culture of inclusion where everyone can thrive at work and beyond.

In alignment with our Microsoft values, we are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment for all employees to positively impact our culture every day.


  • Conduct cutting-edge research to develop Responsible AI definitions, methodologies, algorithms, and models for both measurement and mitigation of AI risks.
  • Stay abreast of the latest advancements in the field and contribute to the scientific community through publications at top venues.
  • Contribute to the development of Responsible AI policies, guidelines, and best practices and ensure the practical implementation of these guidelines within various AI technology stacks across Microsoft, promoting a consistent approach to Responsible AI.
  • Enable the safe release of new Azure OpenAI Service features, expand and enhance the Azure AI Content Safety Service with new detection technologies.
  • Develop innovative approaches to address AI safety challenges for diverse customer scenarios.
  • Other: Embody our Culture and Values


Required/Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in relevant field AND 1+ year(s) related research experience
    • OR equivalent experience.
  • Research/Applied Science experience in Natural Language Processing, Computer Vision, Multimodal analysis, Deep Learning, Machine Learning, or a related field.
  • Experience with algorithmic problem solving and software development skills (Python/Java/C++).
  • Experience with open-source tools such as PyTorch, as well as experience with statistical analysis and data visualization tools.
Other Requirements

Ability to meet Microsoft, customer and/or government security screening requirements are required for this role. These requirements include but are not limited to the following specialized security screenings:

  • Microsoft Cloud Background Check: This position will be required to pass the Microsoft Cloud background check upon hire/transfer and every two years thereafter.

Preferred/Additional Qualifications

  • Publication(s) in conferences or journals in AI related fields, e.g., CVPR (Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition), Neurips (Neural Information Processing), EMNLP (Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing).
  • Experience with large-scale data processing, distributed computing, or cloud platforms.
  • Demonstrated interest and/or expertise in Responsible AI and fairness considerations.
  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills.

Research Sciences IC3 - The typical base pay range for this role across the U.S. is USD $94,300 - $182,600 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 $120,900 - $198,600 per year.

Certain roles may be eligible for benefits and other compensation. Find additional benefits and pay information here: https://careers.microsoft.com/us/en/us-corporate-pay


Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. Consistent with applicable law, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, immigration status, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran or military status, race, ethnicity, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable local laws, regulations and ordinances. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application process, read more about requesting accommodations.