Microsoft seeks applications for a position creating academic research with novel and highly granular data and applying it to real world problems in the Office of the Chief Economist at our Seattle-area headquarters. Our 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.

We primarily focus on candidates from fresh Ph.D.’s to 6 years out but will consider more senior candidates. Candidates should be proficient coders with a desire to learn and use big data computing clusters and the associated scripting languages. Pursuing top-tier publications is expected and strongly supported.

Research Economists work closely with Chief Economist Preston McAfee and his team of economists and data scientists on high-impact projects in a supportive research environment. Topic areas include but are not limited to market design, cloud marketplaces, search auctions, machine learning prediction, optimal pricing contracts, retail product competition, applied microeconometrics, scalable demand estimation, structural demand estimation, using ML for causal inference, optimal capacity investment and measuring ad effectiveness. Successful candidates should drive their own agenda as well as work with the broader team.

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How to Submit Materials:
We will interview candidates at the AEA Meetings in Philadelphia. Please submit a CV, job market paper, cover letter and three letters of recommendation through by November 25th, 2017.

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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