Although I would love the opportunity to work at Microsoft Research, I accepted the fact that I likely never would.
Lately, I've been considering to join and/or create a distributed research team. The most challenging part has been to find people whose vision align with mine.
Feel free to contact me if that's of interest to you.
You can email me at email@example.com with your vision. I saw your other post re: the singular app / OS that does everything. I've been working on that and would love to have another person onboard.