Microsoft Research Cambridge (UK) is searching for exceptional applicants with expertise in one or more of the following areas: electro-optical materials, optics, machine learning and signal/image processing to fill several Senior Researcher roles within a team developing Holographic optical storage for the cloud.
The researchers will join a multidisciplinary team of physicists, electrical and optical engineers, machine learning and computer systems experts who are researching new approaches to data storage in the cloud. We particularly value candidates with a proven track record of working across disciplines and applying systems thinking to solving challenging problems. The ideal candidates will currently hold a PhD with at least two years post PhD research experience in a relevant field. Further information about the Holographic Storage project go to https://aka.ms/ProjectHSD
Researchers will be responsible for designing and demonstrating new and innovative approaches to holographic optical storage. Working with and mentoring less experienced researchers. Communicating research results to the wider project team and our stakeholders. We are looking for individuals who can drive their own cutting-edge research agenda to push the state of the art in holographic storage technology. They will join an established team and get access to our state-of-the-art facilities and resources.
A PhD in Physics, Electrical Engineering or Computer Science and at least 2+ years post-doctoral work in a field related to one or more of: optical materials, optics, machine learning and signal/image processing.
A strong research track record in an area relevant to optical holography or optical data storage as evidenced by publications or other quantified research outputs.
Preferred (One or more of)
Optics and optical materials
Here we seek individuals who are interested in understanding and characterisation of media storage properties to maximise capacity and minimize energy and/or the design of scalable optical systems for rapid optical access of media
Expertise in the physics, modelling and characterization of electro-optical materials
Expertise in numerical simulation of light propagation in free space and optical waveguide
systems including: Beam propagation and finite element methods, ray tracing.
Experience designing, constructing and operating free space optical systems (lasers, modulators, positioning systems, SLMs, cameras etc.).
Expertise in the design of optical imaging systems
Expertise in optical holography.
Machine learning and signal processing
Here we seek individuals who are interested in developing and applying machine learning and/or signal processing techniques to solving real world problems in data recovery from holographic systems
Expertise in optical communication systems including: coherent detection, modulation/demodulation, error correction and coding.
Expertise in digital image or signal processing.
Expertise in solving high-impact research problems using deep learning. Problem areas include: computer vision, signal processing, sequential design, and related areas.
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
Maternity and paternity leave
Opportunities to network and connect
Discounts on products and services
Generous time away
About Microsoft Research Ltd
Here at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, we truly aspire to transform the world through deep research.
The Cloud Infrastructure team is engaged in several cutting-edge research programs to revolutionise storage, computing, and networking at cloud scale using advanced optical technologies. To this end we have assembled an interdisciplinary team including computer scientists, machine learning experts, optical scientists, industrial designers, electronic engineers, and mechanical engineers. To be successful in such a team requires an openness and aptitude to learn some of the skills and vocabulary of the other disciplines.
The global scale of the Microsoft cloud provides our team with opportunities to transform the technology underpinning modern society. For example, we are using holographic optical technology to change the way the cloud can store and rapidly access data; we are rethinking computation to improve throughput and reduce energy consumption; and we are working on next-generation data networks with higher bandwidth and greater efficiency. All these projects involve the co-design of software and hardware to achieve the best possible overall solution.