Post Doc Researcher: Storage Software

Cambridge, United Kingdom

Are you an exceptional systems researcher excited by the opportunity to invent the future of cloud storage? Are you eager to join Microsoft Research Cambridge and contribute to our mission to Transform the World through Deep Research?


The Project Silica team is developing a revolutionary technique using femtosecond lasers to store data in glass. To learn more about the project, please visit:

The researcher would be part of a multi-disciplinary team of researchers who are developing innovative optical approaches to data storage for the cloud era. This is a great opportunity to develop novel optical solutions that have a real impact on the product teams that are responsible for providing cloud storage.


Post Doc Researcher – initially a 1 year fixed term contract, possible extension up to 2 years.


There is no closing deadline for this post. The post will be filled once suitable candidates are found - if you are interested, please apply as soon as possible.


This position is for a post-doctoral researcher with a combination of system research capability and skilled software engineering ability who will have the opportunity to impact the design and implementation of all aspects of our system. The Project Silica team is highly diverse across many disciplines and we seek someone who can learn quickly, has an aptitude for creative and efficient solutions, and can communicate effectively to those with different specialisms.



  • Having completed or on track to complete a relevant PhD.
  • Passion for operating systems and/or storage system design.
  • Excellent software implementation skills.
  • Creative and collaborative approach to problem solving.
  • Capability for rapid and accurate development in C, C++, or C#.

Preferred (one or more of)

  • Interested in working in a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Experience of systems or storage development.
  • Experience of signal processing.
  • Knowledge of Python.

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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We offer a competitive salary.


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