Research Economist
Advertiser: Research, Microsoft
Field(s) of specialization: Econometrics - Industrial Organization - Microeconomics - Any field
Position type(s): Other nonacademic
Location of job: 14820 NE 36th St, Redmond, WA, 98052, United States (map)
Degree required: Doctorate
Job start date: Flexible
Job duration: Continuing/permanent
Letters of reference required: 3
Application deadline: 16 Nov 2020 (accepting applications)
Posting end date: 16 Nov 2020
Interviews: Interviews will be conducted remotely by video starting January, 2020.
Ad text:

This position is in the Office of the Chief Economist at Microsoft’s Seattle-area headquarters. We are not like other industry jobs: we value both excellence in published research and internal impact.

Our group sits within Microsoft Technology & Research, an organization with over 25 years supporting top academic Computer Science research and expanding into Economics for the past several years. This is an ideal job for economists who value an opportunity to do academic research that makes a large impact in the real world.

Research Economists collaborate with Chief Economist Michael Schwarz and his team of data scientists on high-impact projects in a supportive research environment. Topic areas include market design, electricity, cloud marketplaces, search auctions, optimal pricing contracts, retail product competition, scalable demand estimation, structural demand estimation, machine learning for both prediction and causal inference, optimal capacity investment, measuring ad effectiveness, economics of subscriptions, and other applied theory.

Successful candidates should drive their own agenda as well as collaborate with the broader team. Candidates with the following backgrounds have historically done well in this environment: empirical IO, applied micro, market design, and econometricians whose thinking is rooted in microeconomic theory. Please visit for additional information about the group and the broader Microsoft economics community.


The position is open rank. Although we will focus on junior candidates (ranging from fresh Ph.D.’s to those who are 6 years out) we will consider senior candidates as well. We will interview candidates remotely at the beginning of January.

Microsoft’s mission of empowering every person and organization on the planet to achieve more is fulfilled through an unwavering commitment to a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. 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. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request to

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