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Microsoft Corporation Post Doc Researcher – Community Health Sociotechnical Systems – Microsoft Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Microsoft Research New England (MSRNE) is looking for a post doc researcher interested in bringing sociotechnical perspectives to analyze critical issues as they relate to the future of AI innovation. They will join researchers using empirical and critical methods to study the social, political, and cultural dynamics that shape technologies and their consequences. Our work draws on and spans several disciplines, including anthropology, communication, gender and sexuality studies, history, information studies, law, media studies, organizational and management sciences, science & technology studies, and sociology.

This specific Post Doc line will join Project Resolve ( , an interdisciplinary community-driven innovation action lab, which aims to explore how community-based organizations carry out community healthcare work (sometimes called ‘wrap-around services’) among historically-marginalized groups that have little access or trust in traditional social service and healthcare providers.

This is an ideal opportunity for a new Ph.D. to conduct original research that brings empirical and critical perspectives to bear on a variety of complex sociotechnical issues related to community health settings as sociotechnical systems. Postdoctoral researchers are expected to devise their own research agendas. We are especially interested in candidates whose work can address one of these themes as they link to community health sociotechnical systems:

  • Race, caste, and indigeneity; gender and sexual identities; socioeconomic status and class; and the intersectional dimensions of identity as they are entangled with sociotechnical systems

  • How institutions, organizations, networks, and infrastructures (across sectors and domains) configure and are configured by sociotechnical systems

  • Notions of cooperation, mutual aid, and community engagement and their relationships to governance and responsible technologies

  • Political economies and emerging organizational forms in digital labor, community, government, non-profit, creator economy, and private-sector contexts

  • The politics and public responsibilities of algorithms, platforms, AI, machine learning, metrics, and other manifestations of computational cultures

Our MSRNE team is comprised of full-time researchers, postdocs, visiting faculty, Ph.D. interns, and research assistants. Postdocs on our team may also have the opportunity to visit and collaborate with researchers in our sister labs in New York City and Montreal.

Postdoctoral researchers are hired for a two-year term appointment following the academic calendar, starting in July 2024. The location is Cambridge MA, and the position can be up to 50% work-from-home.

Microsoft Research provides a vibrant multidisciplinary research environment, with an open publication policy and close links to top academic institutions around the world. The postdoctoral research positions offer emerging scholars an opportunity to develop their research career and to interact with some of the top minds in the research community.


Post doc researchers define their own research agenda. Post docs are expected to be lively contributors to discussions in the Social Media Collective (SMC) research group, and the MSRNE lab.

Candidates should have training and experience in-depth, open-ended interviews and focus groups with large and small community-based organizations, as well as experience or training in how to identify what technologies might help field client requests and aid in then recording, storing, and reporting information to various stakeholders. The goal of the research is to figure out what information and communication systems might securely but effectively lower barriers to AI innovation for community groups and support cost-saving preventative care for communities’ most vulnerable members. The successful candidate will be responsible for co-managing an interdisciplinary team of social scientists and practitioners as well as work with several organizations to participate in weekly meetings to share best practices on the current state of healthcare reporting technologies. Additionally, the Post doc will lead all field interviewing and help fasciliate learning across the internal and external stakeholders invested in this the codevelopment process. Candidates should be able to demonstrate direct experience with qualitative and relevant quantitative methodologies, facility participating in engineering sprints, and contributing to anti-oppression, anti-racist community engagement and grassroots organizing.


Required Qualifications:

  • Currently pursuing or have a completed PhD in anthropology, communication, information science, history, media studies, science & technology studies, sociology, or a related field, awarded by May 2024

Other Requirements:

*APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 22, 2024 *

To be assured of full consideration, all application materials, including reference letters , need to be received by January 22 , 202 3 . Applications received after that date may or may not be considered.  This role is not to exceed two years.


To ensure we receive a complete application from you, please be sure to follow these instructions: 

  • Upload your CV. 

  • When prompted in your application, please provide the names and contact information for at least 2 reference letter writers (in nearly all cases, one will be from your dissertation advisor). 

  • Upload (as separate attachments to your application) 2 conference or journal articles, book chapters, or equivalent (potentially unpublished) writing samples that you are most proud of, and which best demonstrate your expertise. 

After you submit your application, the system will send a request for letters to your list of references on your behalf. Note: The application system will not request reference letters until after you have submitted your application. You may wish to alert your letter writers in advance so that they will be ready to submit your letter by our application deadline of January 22 , 202 3 .

While you will not be able to view the letters themselves, you can check the status of individual reference requests within your application. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A research program demonstrated by journal and conference publications.

  • A methodological, analytical, and theoretical foundation in the social or humanistic sciences.

  • The ability to work in a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary environment that also includes computer scientists, mathematicians, and economists.

  • Demonstrated leadership potential in research.

Research Sciences IC3 - The typical base pay range for this role across the U.S. is USD $94,300 - $182,600 per year. 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 $120,900 - $198,600 per year.

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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 ( .