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Research Intern - Biomedical AI for rare disease genomics



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Software Engineering, Data Science
Redmond, WA, USA
Posted on Monday, February 12, 2024
Research Internships at Microsoft provide a dynamic environment for research careers with a network of world-class research labs led by globally-recognized scientists and engineers, who pursue innovation in a range of scientific and technical disciplines to help solve complex challenges in diverse fields, including computing, healthcare, economics, and the environment.

Our organization, Microsoft Health Futures, is an interdisciplinary team of scientists, engineers, and physicians. Come join a unique vibrant environment that features cutting-edge academic research, enterprise software development, and real-world delivery, with close feedback loops and rapid iterations among all three.

Predicting the consequence of rare human genetic variation remains an open problem primed for meaningful impact on human health. Many of the necessary ingredients are available -- massive scale genomic biobanks, curated resources cataloging well established variant-gene-disease-phenotype relationships, large corpora of biomedical literature detailing decades of clinical and biomedical inquiry -- yet the tasks of dynamically integrating the information from these resources and effectively reasoning on them remain unexplored.

Bioinformatics, biomedical natural language processing (NLP), and generative AI can play key roles in this transformation by discerning knowledge from data and separating signal from noise. We are looking for a research intern with experience working with biological data to investigate scientific questions and a research background in computational biology, bioinformatics, and/or biomedical NLP. We are open to candidates in all computational aspects of this work, including variant effect prediction, variant interpretation, decision support, functional genomics, information retrieval, language modeling, and knowledge graphs. We are seeking curious, self-motivated Research Interns who want to be involved at every stage in the process, from problem formulation to data exploration to model development to analysis and presentation.

Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. As employees we come together with a growth mindset, innovate to empower others, and collaborate to realize our shared goals. Each day we build on our values of respect, integrity, and accountability to create a culture of inclusion where everyone can thrive at work and beyond.


Research Interns put inquiry and theory into practice. Alongside fellow doctoral candidates and some of the world’s best researchers, Research Interns learn, collaborate, and network for life. Research Interns not only advance their own careers, but they also contribute to exciting research and development strides. During the 12-week internship, Research Interns are paired with mentors and expected to collaborate with other Research Interns and researchers, present findings, and contribute to the vibrant life of the community. Research internships are available in all areas of research, and are offered year-round, though they typically begin in the summer.

Candidate will ideally have experience working with genomic datasets - particularly those containing rare variation - and the various data sources necessary for interpretation of variation within those datasets. Further, they would be sufficiently well-versed in data science and related computational tools to build models to leverage these data to ask research questions.

Note that letters of recommendation are not required for this position.


Required Qualifications

  • Currently enrolled in a graduate program in Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, Genetics, Genomics, Bioengineering, Biology, Computer Science, or a related field.

Other Requirements

  • Research Interns are expected to be physically located in their manager’s Microsoft worksite location for the duration of their internship.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with genomic data
  • Experience working with natural language processing
  • Experience with data science and machine learning
  • Experience with programming (ideally Python)

The base pay range for this internship is - Applied Sciences IC2 : USD $5,090 -$10,120 per month. There is a different range applicable to specific work locations, with the San Francisco Bay area and New York City Metropolitan area, and the base pay range for this role in those locations is USD $6,690 -$11,030 per month.

The base pay range for this internship is- Applied Sciences IC3 : USD $6,290 -$12,170 per month. There is a different range applicable to specific work locations, within the San Francisco Bay area and New York City metropolitan area, and the base pay range for this role in those locations is USD $8,060 - $13, 240 per month.

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Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. Consistent with applicable law, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, immigration status, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran or military status, race, ethnicity, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable local laws, regulations and ordinances. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application process, read more about requesting accommodations.

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