Research Intern - Cryptography and Privacy Research - Redmond

Company: Microsoft
Location: Redmond , Washington, United States
Type: Full-time
Posted: 01.NOV.2019


Microsoft Research provides a dynamic environment for research careers with a network of world-class research labs led by globally recognize...


Microsoft Research provides a dynamic environment for research careers with a network of world-class research labs led by globally recognized scientists and engineers. Our researchers and engineers pursue innovation in a range of scientific and technical disciplines to help solve complex challenges in diverse fields, including computing, healthcare, economics, and the environment.

Cryptography and Privacy Research Group

The Cryptography and Privacy Research Group works on a variety of topics in advanced cryptography, including homomorphic encryption, secure multiparty computation, zero-knowledge proof systems, privacy preserving machine learning, post-quantum cryptography, to name a few. Our research aims at improving privacy and security in today's fast evolving world of technology and AI.

Internships at Microsoft Research are a great way to grow as a researcher with mentorship from experienced researcher and hands-on access to real world problems.


Interns put inquiry and theory into practice. Alongside fellow doctoral candidates and some of the world's best researchers, interns learn, collaborate, and network for life. Interns not only advance their own careers, but they also contribute to exciting research and development strides. During the 12-week internship, students are paired with mentors and expected to collaborate with other interns and researchers, present findings, and contribute to the vibrant life of the community. Research internships are available in all areas of research, and are offered year-round, though they typically begin in the summer.

The Cryptography and Privacy Research Group at Microsoft Research seeks outstanding graduate students for summer internships in Redmond in the areas of Homomorphic Encryption, Post-Quantum Cryptography, Zero-knowledge Proofs, Private Set Intersection, Privacy for ML, Blockchain-based applications, Compilers, Verifiable Computation, Oblivious RAM, Privacy-preserving systems, applied Secure Multi Party Computation, Differential Privacy, and other areas of applied cryptography.


In addition to the qualifications below, you'll need submit a minimum of two reference letters for this position. After you submit your application, a request for letters may be sent to your list of references on your behalf. Note that reference letters cannot be requested until after you have submitted your application, and furthermore, that they might not be automatically requested for all candidates. You may wish to alert your letter writers in advance, so they will be ready to submit your letter.

Required Qualifications

  • Must be currently enrolled in a PhD program in mathematics, computer science, electrical engineering, or a related STEM field.
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to engage in research.
  • Must be able to collaborate effectively with other researchers and product development teams.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, cross-group, and cross-cultural collaboration.
  • Ability to think unconventionally to derive creative and innovative solutions.
  • 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.

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