Microsoft Research Lab – Cambridge

Microsoft Research Lab – Cambridge

“At Microsoft Research in Cambridge, our open and unconstrained approach to research, coupled with the bold and inquisitive minds of our researchers and engineers, has seen our lab produce contributions to Microsoft’s most successful products and services, as well as key contributions to the academic community. But, we have just scratched the surface of what technology can do for us. We are continuing to push the boundaries of computing to create ubiquitous technologies with the potential to transform our lives.”

– Professor Christopher M. Bishop, Laboratory Director, Microsoft Research Cambridge


Cambridge, UK, was the clear choice for the first lab established outside of the United States, due to its rich history as a centre of higher learning and growing global impact as a leading high-tech hub.  From a beginning of just three researchers in 1997, to over 130 researchers and engineers today, the lab has established itself as a highly credible academic partner and flowing pipeline of technology transfers into the Microsoft business.

The freedom of enquiry enabled by Microsoft’s approach to basic and applied research, coupled with the diversity of researchers and engineers in the Cambridge lab – ranging from sociologists, mathematicians, computer scientists, biological scientists and interaction designers – has produced contributions to some of Microsoft’s most successful products and services.

We are excited to be part of a company that is unreservedly committed to pushing the boundaries of what is possible, in order to create innovative solutions and break-through ideas that will empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more.








An internship at Microsoft Research Cambridge gives you the opportunity to work on real problems alongside one of our full-time researchers as your mentor.

We are accepting applications now from students who are enrolled in current PhD or Masters programs relevant to our areas of research.

Our internships are 12 weeks long and run mostly through the Summer period. Watch the video below to get an idea of what it’s like to be an intern at Microsoft Research Cambridge.

Application and start dates vary and can be found within each job posting in the links below.


Internship Opportunities

Research Intern – Optics



Below you will find useful information about visiting Microsoft Research in Cambridge, for enquiries please email

Please note that there is no visitor parking available on-site. The lab is almost next to Cambridge Rail Station, so we recommend travel to the lab by train, where possible.

Getting There

Train Travel Information

For train times and fares, visit the National Rail Enquiries web site or use the National Rail app for Windows Phone.

Taxi and Transfer Information

Taxi travel within Cambridge and surrounding areas: Panther Taxis +44 (0) 1223 715 715

Airport/longer distance transfers: Executive Car Services +44 (0) 1223 212 122

Air Travel Information

Cambridge is close to three international airports in addition to three regional airports. London Stansted is the closest airport.


There is no visitor parking available on site.

Cycle Travel Information

There are cycle stands available outside the lab.

Coach Travel Information

For coach times and fares, visit the National Express Website.

Local Travel Information

Find out more about transportation, travel services and general tourist information for Cambridge on the Visit Cambridge Website



Double Tree by Hilton Hotel

Granta Place Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RT, United Kingdom

+44 1223 259988

The Gonville Hotel

Gonville Place, Cambridge, CB1 1LY, United Kingdom

+44 1223 366611

Hilton Cambridge City Centre Hotel

Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3DT, United Kingdom

+44 1223 464491

You can find further accommodation options here.




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