Research Intern – LLM Innovation


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 working at the intersection of Large Language Models (LLM), User Experience (UX) Innovation, and biomedicine. We are an interdisciplinary group of researchers, data scientists, computational biologists, bioinformaticians, engineers, medical doctors, designers, and user experience researchers who are working to improve the UX of healthcare and accelerate medical discovery.  

We offer a unique vibrant environment that features cutting-edge academic research, enterprise software development, and real-world delivery, with tight feedback loops and rapid iterations among all three, much like a lean startup. We apply the design thinking process and engage with stakeholders to understand their needs, challenges, and workflows. Our team selects challenges in life sciences and healthcare to develop solutions to advance the promise of precision medicine.  

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.

  • Job number: 1712032
  • Work site: Up to 50% work from home
  • Travel: None
  • Role type: Individual Contributor
  • Profession: Research, Applied, & Data Sciences
  • Discipline: Applied Sciences
  • Employment type: Internship


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.

We are looking for a Research Intern to join the Biomedical Platforms and Genomics team within Health Futures. We are focusing our efforts into three main core areas centered around LLM —expanding a genomics research & discovery platform, enabling rapid automation and analysis at scale, and developing benchmarking datasets and infrastructure. The ideal candidate will have analytical abilities, knowledge of multiomics data and sources, and familiarity with. This role will require an interdisciplinary approach and willingness to collaborate widely with projects and stakeholders across Health Futures and the broader Microsoft organization.  


Required Qualifications

  • Currently enrolled in a PhD program in biomedical/clinical/consumer informatics, computational biology/genomics or related health behavior, design, human computer-interaction program.  

Other Requirements

  • Research Interns are expected to be physically located in their manager’s Microsoft worksite location for the duration of their internship.
  • In addition to the qualifications above, you’ll need to submit a minimum of two reference letters for this position. After you submit your application, a request for letters may be sent to your list of references on your behalf. Note that reference letters cannot be requested until after you have submitted your application, and furthermore, that they might not be automatically requested for all candidates. You may wish to alert your letter writers in advance, so they will be ready to submit your letter. 

Preferred Qualifications

Experience working with: 

  • Large genomic data and distributed computing 
  • Genomics data annotation 
  • Natural language processing 

Experience with: 

  • Deep learning platforms, such as PyTorch or TensorFlow 
  • Programming (ideally Python and R) 
  • Collaborating with interdisciplinary teams 

The base pay range for this internship is 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.

Certain roles may be eligible for benefits and other compensation. Find additional benefits and pay information here:

Microsoft accepts applications and processes offers for these roles on an ongoing basis.

Benefits/perks listed below may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work.

  • Industry leading healthcare
  • Educational resources
  • Discounts on products and services
  • Savings and investments
  • Maternity and paternity leave
  • Generous time away
  • Giving programs
  • Opportunities to network and connect

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. 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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