JOE Listings (Job Openings for Economists)

August 1, 2015 - January 31, 2016

Microsoft Research

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Postdoctoral Research Economist

JOE ID Number: 2015-02_111453837
Date Posted: 10/07/2015
Date Inactive: 01/31/2016
Position Title/Short Description
Title: Postdoctoral Research Economist
Section: Other Nonacademic (Temporary, Part-Time, Non-Salaried, Consulting, Etc.)
Locations: Cambridge, Massachusetts, UNITED STATES
New York, New York, UNITED STATES
JEL Classifications:
D -- Microeconomics
C -- Mathematical and Quantitative Methods
L -- Industrial Organization
information technology, market design, interdisciplinary, pricing
Full Text of JOE Listing:

Microsoft Research is a unique research environment, balancing an open, self-directed and highly interdisciplinary academic lab with the opportunity to engage with business groups and their associated data, collaborators, and experimentation platforms.

Postdoctoral researchers are hired for a one or two-year fixed-term appointment and receive a competitive salary/benefits package and eligible for relocation expenses. There are positions open in both Cambridge, MA and New York, NY; there will be one application process for both location and with applicants indicating preference of location later in the process. Candidates are required to have completed a Ph.D. in economics or closely related fields before starting at Microsoft Research. Past economics postdocs have consistently moved on to assistant professor positions at the very best departments.

Access to Data: Postdoctoral researchers have wide-ranging access to Microsoft data. While certainly not constrained to utilize Microsoft data assets, we expect empirical researchers to benefit greatly from access to data from various Microsoft businesses. In the past research has used data on online advertising auctions, Xbox Live platform, web browsing and internal datasets related to firm and employee behavior.

Interdisciplinary: Permanent researchers include top scholars in anthropology, applied mathematics, biology, communications, computer science, economics, law, machine learning, physics, psychology, sociology and statistics, physics. Postdoctoral researchers in past years have collaborated extensively across disciplinary boundaries with great success and we expect attention to such interdisciplinary research to grow further as economics and computer science become more tightly integrated as fields.

Fields: We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in auctions and market design, platform economics, industrial organization, personnel economics, social networks analysis, behavioral economics, economics of digitization and e-commerce and applied game theory. However, exceptional candidates in all fields will receive full consideration.

Applicants should apply through EconJobMarket ( by submitting a job market paper, cover letter, CV, statement of research interests, and three letters of recommendation. We prefer to receive applications by mid-November to determine interviews at the AEA meetings in San Francisco, CA. We will follow the standard process of AEA interview followed by fly-outs for top applicants.

To learn more about our group and the job openings, please visit:
Application Requirements: job market paper, 2 optional papers, 3 letters of recommendation, CV, cover letter (optional), research statement (optional)
Application deadline: 12/01/2014

For more information, email: and please include “AEA Post Doc Candidate - NAME” in the subject line.

Application Requirements:
  • External Application Link
Application deadline: 12/01/2015