Postdoctoral Researcher, Economics, Microsoft (Full-time) 2019-05-28T23:34:36+00:00

Job description:

Microsoft Research is a unique research environment, balancing an open, self-directed and highly interdisciplinary academic lab with the opportunity to engage with business groups and their associated data, collaborators, and experimentation platforms.

Within Microsoft Research New England, the Economics team is looking for a qualified postdoc researcher to join us in advancing the state-of-the-art in economics related research. If you have a Ph.D. in economics or closely related field, we would be interested in reviewing your application! We also warmly welcome and encourage interdisciplinary applications from candidates with some interest in economics but also strong backgrounds in other fields. To learn more about the Econ team and our job openings, please continue reading below and visit us HERE

Access to Data: Postdoctoral researchers have wide-ranging access to Microsoft data. While certainly not constrained to utilize Microsoft data assets, we expect empirical researchers to benefit greatly from access to data from various Microsoft businesses. In the past research has used data on online advertising auctions, Xbox Live platform, web browsing and internal datasets related to firm and employee behavior.

Interdisciplinary: Permanent researchers include top scholars in anthropology, applied mathematics, biology, communications, computer science, economics, law, machine learning, physics, psychology, sociology and statistics, physics. Postdoctoral researchers in past years have collaborated extensively across disciplinary boundaries with great success and we expect attention to such interdisciplinary research to grow further as economics and computer science become more tightly integrated as fields.

Fields: We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in auctions and market design, platform economics, industrial organization, machine learning, personnel economics, social networks analysis, behavioral economics, economics of digitization and e-commerce and applied game theory. However, exceptional candidates in all fields will receive full consideration and interdisciplinary candidates with backgrounds in any of the above-listed interdisciplinary fields are warmly welcomed.

For those who have applied through the JOE, please note that you must also apply to this posting in order to be considered for this postdoc position.

Application Requirements

  • 3+ references (the system will request names and email addresses and contact your referees individually)
  • Job Market Paper (upload as an attachment)
  • 2 Optional Papers (upload as attachments)
  • CV


As a postdoc, you define your research agenda in collaboration with other researchers, driving forward an effective program of basic, fundamental, and applied research. We highly value collaboration and building new ideas with members of the group and others. You have the direct opportunity to realize your ideas in products and services used worldwide.


  • PhD in economics or a related field
  • Research ability demonstrated by journal publications, working papers, and job market papers
  • Research agenda that is complementary to Microsoft economics group.

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.

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