Human-Computer Interaction PhD Internship

Microsoft works with the world’s best researchers, moving with the current of technology as it rapidly evolves. Together we share the motivation to seek innovative solutions to the world’s toughest challenges and improve the lives of people everywhere. The MARI, Nairobi, Kenya, is looking for a PhD intern for a 3-month Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) research project. The internship will be full time and located in Nairobi, Kenya.

The MARI is a first of its kind research institute, closely combining foundational research, with product innovation, engineering and design to create the technologies of the future. Our mission is to understand, build and deploy innovative cloud and AI technologies which not only address core opportunities in Africa and contribute to solving local challenges at scale but which contribute to creating a more productive future of work, health and society globally.

Microsoft provides a nurturing environment to support passionate researchers and engineers in technology innovation. We are seeking candidates excelling in deep thinking research aspects and fast-paced entrepreneurial execution. The ideal candidates should have strong ability to work with researchers and product team colleagues at Microsoft to push forward research agendas and being a team player in a collaborative and supportive environment.

We are seeking a candidate with stellar research skills and technical backgrounds. Applicants should demonstrate depth of knowledge in planning, conducting and publishing a research study.


Plan and execute a qualitative HCI research study with small and businesses in Kenya
Conduct usability testing of an NLP prototype and document the findings
Communicate research and development results to internal and external audiences in oral and written form, including peer-reviewed publications and patents
Collaborate with research, product groups and other stakeholders
Support the MARI team in related research and HCI work


Required qualifications:  

Ability to design and execute on a research agenda, with experience in qualitative HCI research and HCI methodologies.
Currently pursuing a PhD degree in Computer Science/Engineering (with a focus on HCI) or related field.
Experience contributing to research communities and/or efforts, including publishing papers at top tier conferences
Excellent critical thinking and communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

Relevant work experience, including industry experience or as a Researcher in a lab.
Track record of publications in top HCI venues.



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