Principal Software Engineer

Last updated 12 hours ago
Location:Redmond, Washington
Job Type:Full Time

Are you looking to be a key part of one of Microsoft’s fastest-growing businesses? The central Azure team works on cutting-edge projects across all of Microsoft Azure.

Azure is at the center of enabling cloud computing for mega scale Microsoft services as well as our public cloud business. The Azure development team is responsible for the design, implementation, and delivery of Azure technology, including Compute, Networking, Storage, High Performance Computing, Engineering Systems, and Service Fabric.

This is a Principal Software Engineer role in Azure's Chief Technology Officer's Incubations Team. You will work with the team to incubate strategic and high potential projects and technology within the Azure eco-system and across the industry.


Responsibilities include software and distributed systems engineering, prototyping, designing, and developing incubation projects from inception through to productization. The team is dedicated to working with the industry and community open-sourcing many of our projects. The role includes significant open-source community engagement and contribution.

The ideal candidate will thrive in intense, multitasking, interrupt-driven worlds and enjoy building systems software and working on open-source projects. They must be able to maintain confidentiality and work well with senior management. Strong analytical and interpersonal skills are required, as this candidate must be able to build bridges between groups, providing effective team, community, and industry leadership.


Basic Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of software design and development experience
  • Proven software design and coding skills
  • Experience authoring and producing whitepapers and presentations
  • Outstanding technical problem solving and debugging ability

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in distributed computing
  • Experience with cross-organizational impact
  • Experience with hardware design and/or optimization of core operating systems software
  • Experience with non-Microsoft platforms and technologies
  • Familiarity with open source software systems and methodologies
  • Excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills

Ability to meet Microsoft, customer and/or government security screening requirements are required for this role. These requirements include but are not limited to the following specialized security screenings: Microsoft Cloud Background Check. This position will be required to pass the Microsoft Cloud background check upon hire/transfer and every two years thereafter.

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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