We are seeking an exceptional experimental scientist or engineer to join our technical team developing advanced optical technologies for the cloud.
The successful candidate should have a PhD in optics, experimental physics or degree plus equivalent professional experience.
The successful candidate must be skilled and bring a strong background in several of the following areas (experimental):
Free Space Optics
In addition, the candidate must possess the following skills:
Understanding of specifications of optical components to able to lead procurement of lab components/equipment.
Building and testing free-space optical experimental setups, run experiments and logging/analysing results.
Able to work independently with minimal supervision towards defined task milestones within a team environment.
Good presentation and communication skills.
Good organizational skills, capable of managing multiple simultaneous tasks effectively.
Handling and basic use of electrical test equipment.
Besides their qualifications for experimental research, candidates should in general provide a high degree of motivation to perform work in a highly collaborative spirit.
The candidate must have 3-5 years’ experience working in an optical laboratory environment. Ideally, their research record should be demonstrated by strong publications in Journals and top conferences.
Typical Day in the Role
A typical day will involve the design, construction, modification or testing of free-space optical experiments.
Compelling Story & Candidate Value Proposition
The successful candidate will join a world leading team of optical, electronic, mechanical and software engineers developing solutions to the most challenging and important technological problems.
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.