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Microsoft Corporation Senior Applied Scientist in Redmond, Washington

Empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more. That’s what inspires us, drives our work, and pushes us to build things that make a difference.

Our culture is one of ambition and science. We aim to dream boldly, ignite imaginations, and push boundaries. This is not a team that is content with the status quo; we are driven by the thrill of pursuing high-risk, high-reward opportunities. We believe in a future that is brighter and better than the present, and we want to be the ones who make it happen, first .

Our belief is that customer obsession requires investment in science and research explorations, and that the continual pursuit of the state of the art can yield ongoing benefits to our customers both today and on the ever-moving horizon.

We engage in long-term sustainable research across Microsoft’s Security Division to develop truly differentiating security solutions that can be leveraged across our Defender ( and Sentinel ( suite of products and services. Some examples of our desired impact include formulating scientific methods to significantly boost the productivity of security professionals, leveraging AI breakthroughs to provide non-linear impact in prevention and detection effectiveness, effective threat intelligence to stay on top of the current threat landscape and effectively defend against novel cyberattacks.

We oversee and coordinate AI investments for Microsoft Security as well as work with engineering partners to accelerate and scale progress by making AI tools and data more accessible to security researchers. And we serve as Microsoft Security’s central hub for industry and academic partnerships in security science and AI as well as lead mindshare efforts that elevate the perception of Microsoft as trailblazers of security science and AI.

Learn more:

  • Microsoft’s AI@Scale investments

  • Microsoft’s Chief Scientific Officer, Eric Horvitz’s testimony on applications of AI in cyber missions ( before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee

  • Microsoft Security blog ( and Defender Security Research Group (


  • Conduct cutting-edge research in security science and AI, pursuing high-risk, high-reward opportunities impacting our strategic business roadmap.

  • Collaborate with research teams across Microsoft Security to translate research into practical solutions that impact our security products and services.

  • Share research findings and innovations through academic publications, open-source releases, blog posts, patents, and industry conferences.

  • Participate in partnerships with academia and industry to advance the state of the art in security science and AI


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Statistics, Econometrics, Computer Science, Electrical or Computer Engineering, or related field AND 4+ years related experience (e.g., statistics predictive analytics, research)

  • OR Master's Degree in Statistics, Econometrics, Computer Science, Electrical or Computer Engineering, or related field AND 3+ years related experience (e.g., statistics, predictive analytics, research)

  • OR Doctorate in Statistics, Econometrics, Computer Science, Electrical or Computer Engineering, or related field AND 1+ year(s) related experience (e.g., statistics, predictive analytics, research)

  • OR equivalent experience.

  • 2+ years of experiencein research areassuch as representation and generative learning, graph representationlearning,natural languageunderstanding andprocessing,vision,responsible AI

  • 2+ years of hands-on experience with deep learning frameworks (such asPyTorch,Tensorflow, etc.).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Peer reviewed publications, patents, and/or open code contributions in AI/ML.

  • Proven partner engagement and cross-team collaboration skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, ability to simplify and explain complex ideas.

  • Proven publication record in top-tier venues. Examples include but are not limited to ICML,NeurIPS, ICLR, EMNLP, ACL, NAACL, KDD, AAAI, IJCAI, etc.

  • Experience with large-scale data processing tools

  • Experience insafety andethical aspects of AI.

  • Experience formulating research problems, evaluating related work, innovating differentiators, defining success metrics, developing plans and schedules for achieving metrics, and learning and iterating on further improvements.

  • Expert knowledge in security,threat intelligenceand hunting,anti-fraud systems, and social engineering research.

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.

Applied Sciences IC4 - The typical base pay range for this role across the U.S. is USD $112,000 - $218,400 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 $145,800 - $238,600 per year.

Microsoft has different base pay ranges for different work locations within the United States, which allows us to pay employees competitively and consistently in different geographic markets (see below). The range above reflects the potential base pay across the U.S. for this role (except as noted below); the applicable base pay range will depend on what ultimately is determined to be the candidate’s primary work location. Individual base pay depends on various factors, in addition to primary work location, such as complexity and responsibility of role, job duties/requirements, and relevant experience and skills. Base pay ranges are reviewed and typically updated each year. Offers are made within the base pay range applicable at the time.

At Microsoft certain roles are eligible for additional rewards, including merit increases, annual bonus and stock. These awards are allocated based on individual performance. In addition, certain roles also have the opportunity to earn sales incentives based on revenue or utilization, depending on the terms of the plan and the employee’s role. Benefits/perks listed here may vary depending on the nature of employment with Microsoft and the country work location. U.S.-based employees have access to medical, dental, and vision insurance, a 401(k) plan and company match, short-term and long-term disability coverage, basic life insurance, and wellbeing benefits, among others. U.S.-based employees also receive, per calendar year, up to 10 scheduled paid holidays, and up to 80 hours Holistic Health Time Off. Additionally, hourly/non-exempt employees accrue up to 120 hours paid vacation time, and salaried/exempt employees have Discretionary Time Off (DTO).

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