Research Software Engineer – Acceleration for ML workloads

Last updated 4 days ago
Job Type:Full Time

Microsoft Research Cambridge is searching for an exceptional research engineer (any experience level from Junior to Senior will be considered) with an interest in compilers and programming languages to work on a project aiming to accelerate machine learning workloads on specialized hardware.


The successful candidate will be responsible for

  • Investigating the limitations of existing compiler toolchains for deep learning acceleration and improving upon those.
  • Designing and implementing custom intermediate representations and backends for specialized machine learning accelerators.
  • Connecting those new backends to existing compiler toolchains and machine-learning frameworks.
  • The candidate will work closely with machine learning researchers who are designing new ML models and training algorithms, as well as others working on the software side.



  • 3+ years of industry experience or PhD in relevant topics
  • Software development experience, previous exposure to programming languages design and implementation or deep learning frameworks
  • Strong design and implementation skills (mainly C/C++), ability to quickly dive in existing codebases

Optional qualifications:

  • Understanding of how to execute ML training and inference algorithms (mainly deep learning)
  • Previous work with GPU programming or code generation
  • Some experience with Python and ML frameworks (e.g. Tensorflow, PyTorch, CNTK)
  • Previous exposure to algebraic optimizations and functional programming

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