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Research Intern - Systems Innovation



Redmond, WA, USA
Posted on Monday, February 12, 2024
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.

In the Systems Innovation research group, we are leveraging our deep workload understanding and combining algorithmic research with AI/ML techniques and hardware innovation to provide a step function improvement in cloud efficiency, reliability and sustainability. We closely collaborate with multiple research teams and product groups across the globe who bring a multitude of technical expertise in cloud systems, machine learning and software engineering. We disseminate our research both internally and externally through peer-reviewed scientific publications, open-source releases, blog posts, patents, and industry conferences.

You will have a background in Systems research and the motivation and ambition to apply this to production systems. Some of the research problems we are currently working on are: workload-aware placement of compute and networking resources for improving efficiency, holistic characterization and modelling of workloads, fault injection for improving workload reliability and mining dependency graphs for web-scale systems.

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Research 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. 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 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.


Required Qualifications

  • Currently enrolled or accepted in a PhD program in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or a related STEM field.
  • Has at least 1 year of experience in conducting research, writing peer-reviewed publications and software development.

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

Other Requirements

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

  • Experience with distributed systems, cloud infrastructure and software development.
  • Proficient written and verbal communication skills.
  • Be able to work in a cross-functional and multi-disciplinary setting across research and product.
  • Published in one of the following ACM/IEEE/USENIX venues: OSDI, SOSP, ASPLOS, NSDI, EuroSys, ATC, SoCC, MLSys, WebConf, etc.

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: https://careers.microsoft.com/us/en/us-intern-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.