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Job Category: Research
Location: Bellevue, WA, US
Job ID: 847827-121278
Division: Online Services Division
Bing Core Relevance finds the best 10 results for every web search query. We aim to do this better than anyone, including Google. We live and breathe Big Data and Machine Learning.
Key to our success in this hypercompetitive space is taking enormous volumes of data and turning them into useful, actionable information to drive increased user engagement through great Bing features and improvements. We're talking petabytes of data about how searches succeed, how they fail, and how we can improve Bing.
The Contextual Relevance team builds and trains state-of-the-art machine-learned rankers every day - day-in, day-out - to improve the search experience for millions of people. With every ranker we strive to deliver the best possible results for every query and every user in every situation.
We seek innovative and highly motivated applied researchers to help us continue on our quest to delight users with the best personalized information seeking experience on the web. Nothing more. Nothing less.
Are you up to the challenge?
Strong practical and theoretical knowledge of machine learning, user modeling and information retrieval will be a big plus. So will a proven track record of innovation and shipping high quality software services at scale.
Roles & Responsibilities:
*Working with engineering teams to co-develop a research agenda to improve personalized search
*Establishing priorities and the tactical plan for implementing this strategy
*Using research and software skills to implement a prototype and report quantitative performance metrics
*Working with engineering teams to productize the prototype, experiment and iterate in production
*Participate in and contribute to technical discussions
*A BS/MS degree in Computer Science, Math or EE; PhD in relevant field
*3+ years of software development and applied research experience
*Extensive knowledge and experience in at least one of the following areas: information retrieval, data mining, web mining, machine learning, statistics, parallel and distributed computation (two or more areas are preferred)
*Experience with C#, C++ or Java
*Superior communications skills, both verbal and written.
*PhD in CS/EE with specialization in the field of Information Retrieval, User Modeling, Data Mining, or Machine Learning preferred
*Prior experience with web search or personalization is preferred.
* Strong theory, algorithm background and very good understanding on how to apply advanced knowledge to solve real problems.
*Experience with various data analysis tools, data mining tools, and statistical packages.
*Strong track record of publications in major conferences and/or journals
* Internships and 3+ years post-doctorate study at research or industrial labs or equivalent
Microsoft is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and strongly supports diversity in the work place.
About Microsoft Corporation
Microsoft Corporation develops, manufactures, licenses and supports a range of software products for computing devices. The Company's software products include operating systems for servers, personal computers and intelligent devices, server applications for distributed computing environments, information worker productivity applications, business solution applications, high-performance computing applications and software development tools and video games. It provides consulting and product support services, and trains and certifies computer system integrators and developers. Microsoft Corporation sells the Xbox 360 video game console and games, the Zune digital music and entertainment device, PC games, and peripherals. The Company has five segments: Client, Server and Tools, the Online Services Business, the Microsoft Business Division, and the Entertainment and Devices Division.In June 2008, the Company acquired Navic Networks. In September 2008, it acquired DATAllegro Inc.