Biomedical ML


Microsoft Research New England’s Biomedical ML Group thrives at the intersection of machine learning and biology and healthcare. Our interests include ML techniques in healthcare, generative models of proteins and chemical reactions, computational immunology, ML for protein engineering, and understanding how nonlinear interactions between genetic features contribute to causing disease.

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Contract Research Assistant Position

MSR-NE Research Assistant Program

The research assistant program at Microsoft Research New England is designed for recent college graduates wishing to gain research experience before pursuing a Ph.D. in economics, computational biology, or social science studies of technology. The program typically features a 1-2 year contract position working with Microsoft researchers at our labs in Cambridge, MA or New York City. Prior RAs have gone on to PhD studies at Berkeley, Harvard, MIT, Northwestern, Stanford GSB, University of Chicago, and Yale. Many of our research assistants have taken classes at Harvard or MIT to augment their preparation for graduate school.

Current Opportunity

Are you a recent college graduate looking to increase your expertise in machine learning for biology or healthcare (including informatics and imaging) research before pursuing a Ph.D.?  Do you consider yourself a self-starter who is motivated to expand your knowledge and experience in python and machine learning? If so, you may be the person we’re looking for to fill our contract research assistant position.

The successful candidate will have the following required skills:

  • Demonstrated proficiency in Python programming—in particular, scientific computing using tools such as numpy/scipy/scikit-learn/pandas
  • Basic expertise in machine learning, such as would be acquired through undergraduate courses
  • Demonstrated ability to structure and motivate your learning and workload under the mentorship of a diverse group of researchers and data scientists
  • Experience working with data

Additional preferred skills (desired but not required) include at least some of:

  • Basic expertise in biology or bioinformatics, such as would be acquired through undergraduate courses
  • Experience working with large datasets


The candidate will work under the supervision of Nicolo Fusi, Lorin Crawford, Kevin Yang, and Rahul Krishnan located in our New England lab in Cambridge, MA. This is a 12-month contract position starting Summer 2021.

To Apply

Send the following application materials to

Application Materials

  1.  A research statement (fewer than 500 words) that includes:
    • A description of your past research experiences and future research interests
    • The names of two or three references, their contact information, and their relationship to you. At least one reference must be someone who has supervised your work.
  2. A current CV or resume.

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