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Postdoctoral Research Economist at Microsoft Research

Title: Postdoctoral Research Economist at Microsoft Research

  • Employer: Microsoft (Research)
  • Location: United States
  • Position Type: Post-Doc
  • Deadline: Mar 31, 2017

  • 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.

    Postdoctoral researchers are hired for a one or two-year fixed-term appointment and receive a competitive salary/benefits package and eligible for relocation expenses. There are 2 positions open in Cambridge, MA. Candidates are required to have completed a Ph.D. in economics or closely related fields before starting at Microsoft Research. Past economics postdocs have consistently moved on to assistant professor positions at the very best departments.

    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, 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.

    Applicants should submit a job market paper, cover letter (encouraged), CV, statement of research interests (encouraged), and three letters of recommendation. We prefer to receive applications by mid-November. We will conduct Skype interviews with candidates prior to the AEA meetings, followed by fly-outs for top applicants.

    To learn more about our group and the job openings, please visit our group website: For more information, email: and please include “AEA Post Doc Candidate - NAME” in the subject line.

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