Principal AI Architect – Microsoft Defender for Endpoint
Multiple Locations | Research, Applied, & Data Sciences | Apr 16, 2024 | Job number 1708039

Come and be part of the team building one of Microsoft’s most exciting security products, Microsoft Defender for Endpoint (MDE). As cyber-attacks have become more sophisticated, MDE helps enterprises detect, investigate, and automatically disrupt advanced attacks and data breaches on their networks.  From detecting and disrupting nation state actors to huge ransomware actors in action, our research team brings deep knowledge of the attacker landscape and tradecraft to create the innovations necessary to uncover and protect against even the most well-funded attacker.  

Your job as a Principal AI Architect is to design and build AI solutions that help our customers with their security needs by using the team's security research skills. You will work with security research, applied science and engineering teams to make it easier to use AI in their work. You will keep track of the newest AI developments and use them to tackle hard security research issues. 



Our team focuses on diversity of all types in candidates and we strive to hire people with different experiences and perspectives into our team. To that end, we know that no candidate has every desired skill and experience, but together we make a strong, effective team. 

Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. As employees we come together with a growth mindset, innovate to empower others, and collaborate to realize our shared goals. Each day we build on our values of respect, integrity, and accountability to create a culture of inclusion where everyone can thrive at work and beyond.


  • Lead the long-term AI strategy of the team, in collaboration with the different leaders 
  • Collaborate with security experts to integrate their insights into the AI roadmap 
  • Stay up to date with the latest advancements in AI, including LLM, GNN and Anomaly Detection, and apply these to solve complex cybersecurity challenges 
  • Contribute actively and work together with applied scientists to test hypotheses and implement ML models 
  • Provide technical leadership and mentorship to the AI team 


  • M.Sc. (PhD preferred) in Computer Science (or equivalent) 
  • 10+ years of AI/ML experience in the industry (5+ years for PhD) 
  • Strong technical skills in AI and machine learning 
  • Track record of shipping innovative AI-based products at scale 
  • Extensive and up to date knowledge in LLM and other modern AI methods 
  • Coding skills and knowledge of Python AI ecosystem 
  • Strong problem-solving skills and ability to think creatively 
  • Ability to learn new technologies quickly and independently 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills 
  • Keen interest in cyber security 


Preferred Qualifications 

  • Experience in the cybersecurity industry
  • Publications of AI-related research
  • Experience with Cloud computing and databases
  • Experience working with customers to understand their business needs and design solutions that meet their requirements.

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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.  We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form.


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