We are the Gray Systems Lab (GSL), the applied research group for Microsoft Azure Data. We tackle research problems in the areas of databases, big data, cloud, systems-for-ML, and ML-for-systems. Our mission is to advance the Microsoft Azure Data organization, and we do so in three ways: (i) innovating within Microsoft products and services (ii) publishing in top-tier conferences and journals, and (iii) actively contributing to open-source projects. The team spans multiple geographical locations (Redmond WA, Sunnyvale CA, Madison WI, Atlanta GA) with a mix of researchers, engineers, and data scientists. With team members originating from 10 countries and 4 continents, each of us brings something authentically unique to the team. In this diverse and inclusive environment, creativity, open dialogue, and a healthy work-life balance are powering GSL innovation and helping each of us grow.
As a Research Engineer, you will have the opportunity to work on cutting edge technology to build next-generation cloud data platforms. You will collaborate closely with researchers and product engineers to push the boundaries of our technology stack. This involves quickly picking up complex systems, identifying opportunities, proposing innovative designs, and implementing them in our systems. This is an opportunity to be part of a team that impacts Azure Data’s future offerings, while leveraging and contributing to open-source and internal software. As a research engineer, you have and will further develop a unique mix of experience and skills to help design and build GSL technology that goes far beyond a prototype and is production ready. To build production-quality solutions, you will engage deeply with product teams, but long-term product ownership and ops are not part of GSL charter. There is also the opportunity for you to be part of academic publications and public presentations of the research projects you are involved in.
The following requirements are indicative and applicants with a different and diverse background are welcome to apply. We will consider both junior and senior candidates at appropriate levels.
In alignment with Microsoft’s direction, in most cases we expect the candidate to relocate to one of the lab locations, but we are open to considering remote work for the right candidate.
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.
Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form.
Benefits/perks listed below may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work.
Benefits and Perks
Industry leading healthcare Savings and investments Giving programs Educational resources Maternity and paternity leave Opportunities to network and connect Discounts on products and services Generous time away