Associate Researcher: Design

Job Type:Full Time
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Microsoft Research in Cambridge, UK, is looking for an design graduate to provide design methods, ideas and material as part of a multi-disciplinary team of engineers and UX specialists doing research looking at the area of inclusive design. The team are exploring the use of AI-based computer vision and perception technology in this domain, designing multi-modal user interfaces to meet real needs while exploring complex issues such as privacy and the adaptability of digital systems.

Determined contract duration: 1 year


Candidates should have experience working with a multi-disciplinary team of technologists, designers and social-scientists, bringing design and design thinking to a range of projects and domains. They should have strong visual and communication skills, able to craft stories that present the context for new concepts. Experience working with a team to prototype software, to move ideas from concept towards reality, is essential. A proven ability to deal with ambiguity is a must have, with demonstrable experience for using design thinking and collaborative design tools to help build consensus within a group setting.



  • 5+ years of experience in interaction design.
  • Master’s degree or higher in Industrial Design, Graphic Design, Interaction Design or related field.
  • Facility to develop and lead design workshops with multi-disciplined groups.
  • Skills in digital sketching and prototyping.
  • Strong illustration and storytelling skills.
  • Confident presenting and promoting design solutions.
  • Online portfolio and portfolio review required.


  • Experience with audio design, spatialized audio
  • Experience with physical prototyping

Start date as soon as possible. Salary Competitive. Based in Cambridge. Please reach out informally to: Cecily Morrison ( or Richard Banks ( with specific questions about the role.

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.

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