Researcher: File-system and Storage Technologies

Job Type:Full Time

Are you an exceptional systems researcher excited by the opportunity to invent the future of cloud storage? Are you eager to work with physicists, optical scientists, laser specialists, electrical and mechanical engineers in a multi-disciplinary team, empowered to get stuff done? Do you love your ideas enough to help build them into working software systems?

The Project Silica team is developing a revolutionary storage technique using femtosecond lasers to write data in glass, and read it back out using powerful Machine Learning image processing - visit our project webpage for more details: You would be part of a broad team of researchers who are developing innovative optical approaches to data storage for the cloud era. This is a great opportunity for a researcher in Systems to design and develop the control systems and software to drive the hardware, and build a cloud-native system with real impact on the product teams that are responsible for delivering cloud storage.

Contract duration – 2 years

There is no closing deadline for this post. The post will be filled once suitable candidates are found - if you are interested, please apply as soon as possible.


This position is for a researcher with a combination of system research capability and skilled software engineering ability who will have the opportunity to impact the design and implementation of all aspects of our system. The Project Silica team is highly diverse across many disciplines and we seek someone who can learn quickly, has an aptitude for creative and efficient solutions, and can communicate effectively to those with different specialisms.



  • Having completed or on track to complete a relevant PhD
  • Passion for operating systems and/or storage system design.
  • Excellent software implementation skills.
  • Creative and collaborative approach to problem solving.
  • Capability for rapid and accurate development in C / C++, or C#.

Preferred (one or more of):

  • Interested in working in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Publications in top systems conferences (e.g. SOSP, OSDI etc.)
  • Experience of systems or storage development.
  • Knowledge of Python.

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 Accommodation request form.

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We offer a competitive salary.