Internship Opportunities: Embedded and Interactive Systems and Devices

Job Type:Full Time

Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK has a strong history of research into the design and application of embedded interactive systems and devices, as described here. We are seeking outstanding intern candidates who would like to pursue new research in this area for a 12 week period.

This is an exceptional opportunity to work with the world's best researchers and be part of a vibrant and well-resourced world-class research environment. Microsoft Research has an open publication policy and close links to top researchers across the world. At the same time, as one of the planet’s most successful technology companies, Microsoft provides an opportunity for research to have real-world impact via a user base of literally billions of people.


A wide variety of day-to-day activities are inherent in world-class research. These include brainstorming, reviewing literature, designing and building prototypes, running experiments, distilling insights, and contributing to publications. The successful applicant will collaborate closely with their mentor and potentially with researchers across Microsoft Research while engaging in all these activities.

Current topics of focus within the area of embedded and interactive systems and devices include:

  • Hardware and software prototyping tools for embedded devices.
  • Tools and techniques that support low volume hardware production.
  • Physical computing and its role in computer science education.
  • Energy harvesting and wireless power transfer.
  • Wearable and embedded camera systems and applications.
  • Embedded and ambient displays.
  • Sustainable embedded device manufacture and operation.

The successful candidate will work closely with their mentor to develop ideas in one of the above focus areas, thereby helping to shape Microsoft Research’s program of research in this area.


Interns are expected to work closely with their mentor to drive forward an effective program of research, ultimately enabling Microsoft Research’s work to have a lasting impact. Qualifications for this intern position include:

  • Currently enrolled in a PhD program with a focus on device hardware, ubiquitous computing, HCI, and/or related areas, or demonstratable equivalent research experience.
  • Ability to carry out research in one of the above areas, demonstrated through research artefacts and/or top-tier academic publications.
  • Good knowledge of relevant research literature.
  • Experience building and working with embedded and interactive systems and devices.
  • Specific skills in one or more of the following areas:

mechanical and industrial design;
electronic circuit design and prototyping; and/or
embedded firmware development.

  • Effective communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment.
  • Self-motivation and ability to work autonomously.

There is no closing deadline for this post. The post will be filled once suitable candidates are found so if you are interested please apply as soon as possible. When submitting your application, include your CV with a list of publications as an attachment. You may also include your published work. For more information about the post, please feel free to email Steve Hodges at

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