Microsoft Corporation Senior Applied Scientist - Bing in Bellevue, Washington

The query formulation Relevance team helps users express their questions in various search entry points like the Windows search box and Edge browser search box by providing them query suggestions as they type their query into the search box. The algorithms for providing real-time suggestions leverage techniques from the fields of information retrieval, data mining, machine learning and distributed systems. We are fortunate to be able to work with huge volumes of rich data using one of the world’s largest data processing systems. This provides a fantastic environment for data miners and analysts to uncover substantial insights and translate them into actions that drive the product and ultimately have a big impact on user productivity and business success.

The Query Formulation Relevance team is composed of extremely talented and engaged individuals who are experts at extracting information from data. The team members have a mixture of backgrounds including information retrieval, data mining, machine learning, natural language processing, statistics, applied math, and software development. If you are interested in turning data into actionable insights and knowledge and have what it takes to work with this highly talented team on challenging projects then please contact us.


  • Working with engineering teams to co-develop a product and research agenda and user satisfaction metrics;

  • Establishing priorities and the tactical plan for implementing this strategy;

  • Using research and software skills to implement a prototype and report quantitative performance metrics;

  • Working with engineering teams to productize the prototype;

  • Participate in and contribute to technical discussions


  • Masters or PhD in CS/EE/Math/Statistics/Physics or related fields with knowledge of Information Retrieval, Data Mining, and Machine Learning.

  • 3+ years of experience in machine learning and data analysis. Experience in web domain is a plus.

  • 5+ years of experience in software development or applied research domain.

  • Experience/knowledge with various data analysis tools, data mining tools, and statistical packages.

  • Extensive knowledge and experience in at least one of the following areas: information retrieval, data mining, web mining, machine learning, statistics, parallel and distributed computation (two or more areas are preferred).

  • Strong theory/algorithm background and very good understanding on how to apply advanced knowledge to solve real problems.

  • Outstanding analytical and problem solving skills.

  • Superior communications skills, both verbal and written.

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