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Microsoft Corporation MSRC Vulnerabilities & Mitigations Security Researcher (Open Source) in Redmond, Washington

Do you enjoy the challenge of discovering and analyzing vulnerabilities in software and services to understand how they work and how an attacker might exploit them? Are you excited by the idea of analyzing real-world exploits and researching new attack techniques? Are you passionate about driving meaningful security improvements into products and services to better protect billions of customers? Do you want to be part of an inclusive & collaborative team that invests in the growth and success of one another?

The Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) is responsible for detecting, protecting, and responding to threats that affect Microsofts products and services. We are looking for a motivated Security Researcher(Open Source) to join our team.

As part of the MSRC, our team (Vulnerability & Mitigations Team) is responsible for analyzing vulnerabilities found in Microsofts products and services to determine their root cause, severity, and security impact. This analysis plays a critical role in shaping the security updates that are deployed to customers. The knowledge that we gain from analyzing vulnerabilities also informs the offensive and defensive security research performed by our team. As part of this research, our team works collaboratively with many teams across Microsoft to investigate, develop, and deploy security features that help discover and mitigate the biggest threats to customers.

This role is targeted towards open-source security (OSS) vulnerability response and research. As a Security researcher(Open Source), you will be focused on vulnerability response for open-source software and services used by Microsoft. You will assess the impact of vulnerabilities identified in open-source software and issue advice for the remediation of affected products. You will have the chance to conduct novel vulnerability research in open-source software that Microsoft relies on and develop mitigation strategies for enhancing our products' security posture. You will collaborate with other security researchers, developers, and community members to responsibly address security issues in open-source projects.

This is a unique opportunity to have a positive impact on improving safety for customers around the world and to work on challenging real-world security problems as part of a supportive and collaborative team.



  • Reproducing vulnerabilities, and identifying the root cause

  • Working with product teams to comprehensively remediate vulnerabilities.

  • Working with the community to responsibly report vulnerabilities upstream to open-source projects.

  • Assessing the impact of public common vulnerability and exposures (CVEs) on Microsoft products and services.

  • Conduct novel research to improve the security of Microsoft products and services.


Required/Minimum Qualifications:

  • 3+ years experience in software development lifecycle, large-scale computing, modeling, cybersecurity, and/or anomaly detection

OR bachelor's degree in Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science, or related field

  • 2+ years of experience in open-source security research, vulnerability analysis, and/or exploit development.

  • 2+ years of experience developing or auditing C/C++ with a focus on secure coding.

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.

Additional or Preferred Qualifications:

  • 4+ years of experience in software development like cycles, large-scale computing, modeling, cyber security, and anomaly detection

  • OR masters degree or Doctorate in Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science, or related field.

  • CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional), CISA (Certified Information Security Auditor), CISM, SANS, GCIA, GCIH (GIAC Certified Incident Handler), OSCP (Open Supply Chain Platform), and/or Security+ certification.

  • Knowledge of the operating system internals of Windows and/or Linux.

Security Research 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.

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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 ( .