Research Intern - Medical Devices at Microsoft

Research Intern - Medical Devices

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

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  • Job number 759612
  • Date posted Dec 11, 2019
  • Travel None
  • Profession Research
  • Role type Individual Contributor
  • Employment type Internship

Microsoft Research provides 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.
The Microsoft Healthcare team is working at the intersection of machine learning and biomedicine. We are a diverse team of engineers, scientists and medical doctors who are working to empower individuals, doctors and providers to improve health outcomes through more intelligent use of more precise data. Our team selects concrete challenges in healthcare and develops end-to-end solutions through machine learning, signal processing, novel sensing, cloud services, and hardware.


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.
We are looking for a research intern with an expertise in photonics/optics systems to help us experiment with benchtop instruments to probe the human cardiovascular system. The goal of this work would be to explore devices to extend and enhance the functionality of photoplethysmogram (PPG) like optical sensors using lasers, advanced optical techniques, optical sensors, multiple wavelengths, signal processing, and mechanical design. An ideal candidate would be very familiar with building prototype optical systems using off the shelf equipment, collecting data from subjects, processing data, and iteratively optimizing the system design to reach an interesting research outcome.
Candidates with research experience in more traditional high-end optical sensing systems who are interested in applying their background to physiologic sensing systems are encouraged to apply. Background in biological sensing is a plus, but not a requirement. Familiarity with hardware development, firmware, and software development is a nice to have; however, we have resources in these areas which can help to simplify the project and make the scope of work achievable.
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In addition to the qualifications below, you’ll need 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
  • Must be currently enrolled in a PhD program in Bioengineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, or a related STEM field

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in optical sensing and photonics systems
  • Experience building experimental optical systems at some level
  • Experience with experimental design
  • Experience with building experimental systems or prototyping
  • Experience working with physiological signals (cardiovascular biophysics a plus)
  • Experience with signal processing and data science
  • Experience with modeling optical systems
  • Publication record or product implementation record in biomedical, optical, or sensing engineering
  • Experience collaborating with interdisciplinary teams

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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