Research Intern - Practical Wireless Power bei Microsoft

Research Intern - Practical Wireless Power

Redmond, Washington, United States
  • Redmond, Washington, United States

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  • Job number 797588
  • Date posted Feb 20, 2020
  • Travel None
  • Profession Research
  • Role type Individual Contributor
  • Employment type Internship

Research Internships at Microsoft provide 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.
As we strive to unlock the promise of ubiquitous computing and the IoT, the number of embedded electronic devices deployed in our domestic and workplace environments continues to grow. Traditionally there are two options for powering these: batteries or wired mains power. The former supports quick and easy installation but results in larger devices that need regular battery replacement/recharging; the latter overcomes the limitations of batteries but relies on expensive, unsightly and/or inflexible wiring installation.
Wireless power transfer (WPT) promises the benefits of wire-free form factors without the burden of charging. However, the two leading approaches to WPT are not practical for many applications: wireless charging pads provide lots of power at low cost but only work when the device is placed on the pad, whereas ‘free space’ WPT systems like RFID need expensive infrastructure and/or provide too little power for many interesting devices and applications.
This project will explore an alternative, more practical WPT solution for powering embedded devices. The proposed system will deliver more power than large-area free space WPT without imposing the tight positioning constraint of today’s wireless charging pads. We believe this new approach to WPT could hit a sweet spot that unlocks new networked IoT and UbiComp applications.
We plan to hire two candidates for this project.
  1. Wireless power hardware design intern
  2. Design exploration and user feedback intern


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.


In addition to the qualifications below, you’ll need to 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

  • Is currently enrolled in a masters or PhD program in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering or Design.

Preferred Qualifications

For both roles, it is essential that the candidate is able to:
  • work autonomously and manage their own schedule and workplan;
  • collaborate effectively in a close-knit but geographically extended team environment;
  • brainstorm creative new concepts and technical solutions;
  • find, evaluate and summarize prior related work;

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 .
Benefits/perks listed below may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work.

Benefits and Perks

  • Industry leading healthcare
  • Giving programs
  • Opportunities to network and connect
  • Discounts on products and services


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