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Microsoft Corporation Senior Machine Learning Engineer in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Microsoft Research (MSR) is hiring a Senior Machine Learning Engineer to work with our labs in New York City and New England!


We are looking for a Senior Machine Learning Engineer with analytical and developer skills to join our team to develop industry leading machine learning solutions. Successful candidates will have several years of experience designing, training and tuning machine learning (ML) models and their supporting infrastructure. A large part of the role will be spent incubating new ideas with researchers and working with product team engineers and/or partners who leverage the research. As a result, candidates should be comfortable learning new approaches and pushing the boundaries of current conventions while applying sound engineering principles.


Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. As employees we come together with a growth mindset, innovate to empower others, and collaborate to realize our shared goals. Each day we build on our values of respect, integrity, and accountability to create a culture of inclusion where everyone can thrive at work and beyond.

In alignment with our Microsoft values, we are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment for all employees to positively impact our culture every day.


  • You'll be a member of a cross-disciplinary team of engineers, data scientists and researchers working in a research-oriented environment 

  • Learning new skills rapidly and applying as needed, e.g., learn a new machine learning algorithm from a research paper and implementing it

  • Software engineering fundamentals, including coding, testing, problem solving and data analysis skills

  • Providing high quality support to all researchers in the lab and our user community. 

  • Creating and maintainingtechnical relationships with product teams. 

  • Ability to effectively work in collaborative multiple project team environment 

  • Develop and deploy solutions with Microsoft Partners for solving business problems using machine learning and predictive modeling techniques

  • Ability to continually ramp up on latest deep learning model architectures/algorithms, Open AI enhancements and large language models (LLM) directions

  • Embody our culture ( and values (


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Statistics, Mathematics, or related fieldAND 4+ years technical engineering experience with coding in languages including, but not limited to, C, C++, C#, Java, JavaScript, or Python

  • OR equivalent experience

  • 4+ years experience in applying, implementing, and/or developing algorithms for machine learning, artificial intelligence, or statistics

  • 2+ years of industry experience with Machine Learning (ML) engineering programming languages and platforms, including, but not limited to: Python, Python numerical libraries, PyTorch or TensorFlow  

Preferred Qualifications   

  • Masters or Doctorate in Computer Science, Economics, Statistics, Operations Research or equivalent technical field

  • Experience working in an academic research environment

  • Experience with deep learning models, large language model (LLM) inference and fine tuning techniques, such as Low-Rank Adaption (LoRA), and packages, such as HuggingFace

  • Experience building, debugging and maintainingdistributed ML training jobs and infrastructure with PyTorch or similar frameworks

  • Ability to work independently and ramp-up quickly on complex and unfamiliar code and self-teach in new domains  

  • Experience with engineering practices, continuous integration and continuous delivery/continuous deployment (CI/CD) pipelines and Git 

  • Effective communication skills, both verbal and written 

  • Experience contributing and/or maintaining open sourceprojects

Software Engineering 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.

Certain roles may be eligible for benefits and other compensation. Find additional benefits and pay information here:


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 ( .