Microsoft Research in Cambridge has ongoing Post-doctorate positions open for very high quality recent PhD-level graduates, and internships for current PhD candidates. I would like to encourage potential candidates interested in the field of web-delivered, data-rich cloud programming. Think of taking some of the world's greatest applied programming language work, delivering it to high quality in educative web-delivered learning environments, combine it with innovative techniques for strong typing and information-rich programming, combine with the wealth of rich information sources that make the modern web, integrate with modern backend execution environments, strategies, machine-learning tools and products, both homogeneous and heterogeneous, and deliver it into the hands of real users. And that's just a starting point.
Often postdoc and intern positions at MSR have a 100% theory/research/publication focus. However, I am explicitly interested in candidates who would like to pursue a combined practice & research agenda, looking for a virtuous feedback cycle between the two. In this situation, the joy of making things, playing with real software and delivering it to thousands users is valued as much as writing a paper. Candidates might also see this position as a transition step to a research or lead product development role, or to an academic role where hands-on practice is highly valued.
If you are completing your PhD, or have recently completed, and you would like to consider working in this kind of field at MSR Cambridge, then please feel free to approach me, or to apply directly for a postdoc position or an internship.