Senior Software Engineer

Last updated 18 days ago
Location:Redmond, Washington
Job Type:Full Time

Azure Cognitive Search is looking for a Senior Engineer to join the Search Engine team. We’re looking for an engineer passionate about building large-scale, developer-facing cloud services and solving problems at the intersection of distributed systems, machine learning and information retrieval in an agile, customer-obsessed environment.

Azure Cognitive Search is a global, fully managed, search-as-a-service solution. As the hosted search engine on Azure, we make it quick and easy for developers to integrate a robust set of search capabilities into their applications; Think e-commerce sites, data catalogs, large enterprise applications. Over the last few years the service has gone through tremendous growth expanding into new market segments and enabling new customer scenarios, for example: Currently, we’re working to support a broader range of customer workloads in terms of data and query volume, usage patterns, and hosting modes. Independently, we’re investing heavily to improve key drivers of customer satisfaction including search relevance and developer experience.

This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to take a next step in their career and be at the forefront of what Microsoft cares about most: Data, Cloud and AI.


As a team we’re proud of what we build and how we build it. We run lean, obsess about customers and use an evidence-based approach to decision making. Every single week we talk to customers to make sure we build what they want. We leverage open source technologies, develop in C#, Java and C++, our codebase builds in minutes and we ship new bits regularly. We hire self-driven engineers ready to take on new challenges, develop ownership, and learn quickly. We reduce process to minimum. As an engineer on the team you’ll spend most of your time on writing code, contributing improvements in different dimensions of the service value proposition: scale, availability, performance, developer experience, and search relevance.

You can read more about our culture in this news article: You can also check out our product page, documentation, and stack overflow forum to see how developers use search. Our team consists of people from a wide variety of backgrounds, different professional and life experiences. We maintain and grow that diversity which makes us better at building the best solutions for our customers while having a blast doing it! Core to our team culture is the belief that you must have a ‘people-first’ approach to sustainably building and running 24x7 cloud services. This means we support each other to build things the right way, only work sane hours, enjoy our vacation time and take advantage of our paid parental leave.


Required Qualifications:

  • Strong problem-solving, troubleshooting and communication skills.

  • Openness to feedback and effectiveness at collaborating with diverse groups of people.

  • Demonstrated independence, bias for action, and tolerance for ambiguity.

  • 5+ years of software design and coding skills (C#, Java, or C++).

  • BS in computer science or engineering (or equivalent experience).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Elasticsearch or Lucene.

  • Background or experience in Information Retrieval (IR) or Machine Learning (ML).

  • Experience building cloud platforms.

  • Comfortable communicating directly with customers.


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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