Principal Software Engineering Lead

Last updated 2 days ago
Location:Redmond, Washington
Job Type:Full Time

In the Mixed Reality team, people—not devices—are at the center of everything we do. Our tech moves beyond screens and pixels, creating a new reality aimed at bringing us closer together. To get there, we’re incorporating diverse groundbreaking technologies, from the revolutionary Holographic Processing Unit to computer vision, machine learning, human-computer interaction, and more. We’re a growing team of talented engineers and artists putting technology on a human path across all Mixed Reality devices, including Microsoft HoloLens, Windows Mixed Reality headsets, and motion controllers. We believe in success through a compelling and comprehensive developer story for Mixed Reality platforms. If you do too, we need you!


As a principal engineering lead on the Mixed Reality Toolkit (MRTK) team, you will be responsible for driving the next generation of innovation into Microsoft’s Mixed Reality developer platform. You will identify new needs of Unity developers to build compelling applications for mixed reality products and services through the open source MRTK ( You will build a strategy that spans interactive controls, surface reconstruction, hands and eye poses and voice. Demonstrating engineering excellence in fundamentals like performance, thermals, compliance, telemetry and engineering systems is an essential element of the role. You will set direction, build alignment and be accountable to customer value with designers, program managers, customer engagement teams as well as a vibrant open source community. As a people manager, you will be a top example of growth mindset through the management principles of Model, Coach and Care


  • 8+ years of software design and development experience with multiple shipped releases.
  • 3+ years of experience building applications in Unity
  • Proficient in C++, C# and .NET framework
  • A degree in Computer Science or Engineering or equivalent industry experience.

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.


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