Internship in Computer Graphics & Computational Optics

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Cambridge, England
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Full Time
Date Posted
7 days ago

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Microsoft Research Cambridge

Location:Cambridge, Home Based
Hours:Full Time
Contract Type:Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On:12th October 2020
Expires:12th December 2020

Are you interested in cutting edge technology? Are you a keen programmer with diverse interests in science and technology? Microsoft Research is hiring interns to play an active role in an exciting research project involving Head-Mounted Displays (HMDs). This work is an ambitious but realistic attempt to develop the future headsets with a practical field of view, resolution, and form factor. Computational optics is a crucial element of this system. 

The project involves the design, building, programming, and testing of a new display system. Skills required include software, electronics, mathematics, and optics. The specific purpose of this internship is to improve the software model of the optical system. The successful candidate will be working within a small team to improve speed, scalability, and functionality of the model. Candidates with strong programming experience and solid mathematics background will be ideal for this position. A general understanding of optics will be useful but not essential. Candidates with a background in physics, engineering, mathematics, or computer science are all encouraged to apply. 


  • Write, review, and share code as a part of a team.
  • Solving programming related problems and optimizing code.
  • Improve the mathematical modelling of the system.
  • Attend regular meetings over Teams.

Essential skills are:

  • Strong programming skills, especially in C++
  • First degree in engineering, physics, computer science, mathematics, or relevant subject
  • Good understanding of computer graphics and signal processing techniques.
  • Strong knowledge of underlying mathematical concepts behind graphics programming.
  • Ability to make decisions and work independently.

Desirable but not essential skills:

  • Basic understanding of optics
  • Experience with MatLab, Julia and Visual Studio
  • Experience with Mixed Realty programming

For the successful candidate, this post will be an excellent opportunity to acquire new skills and knowledge, in a scientifically diverse and stimulating environment. The intern will be based in Microsoft Research, Cambridge, UK. Due to the COVID19 pandemic, interns are expected to work from home. However, successful candidates must live in the UK during their internship. If the conditions allow it and it is safe, any physical meetings will occur in Cambridge, UK. The duration of the internship is 12-16 weeks and is expected to be completed by June 2021. Microsoft provides competitive enumeration and will cover part of the travel expenses.

There is no closing deadline for this post. The post will be filled once a suitable candidate is found. If you are interested, please apply as soon as possible here.  If you are interested in the project, but you have completed your PhD recently, please do contact us to discuss alternative posts. For further information about the post, for detailed information on how to apply and to confirm receipt of your application please contact Andreas Georgiou ([email protected]). In your email, please include the link to your professional profile (e.g., LinkedIn, Research Gate).

Equal opportunities

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, colour, 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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