Principal Software Engineer - CTJ

Last updated 14 days ago
Location:Redmond, Washington
Job Type:Full Time

We are looking for engineers to join a fast-paced team and solve complex problems in the domain of mission-critical distributed systems – including APIs, fault tolerance, data partitioning as well as deployment and self-healing capabilities. In this role, you will have the opportunity to build systems & software which enable a broad set of Azure services to be consumed by customers in highly secured and regulated industries. The systems and software you build will be required to meet the security policy and assurance requirements of both public and private sector customers.


  • Build robust new software to support customer use cases in high-assurance computing environments
  • Support, troubleshoot, and automate implementation and day to day operations of Azure CDS systems, including a rotating on-call responsibility
  • Engage with Microsoft technical experts, government agencies and the user community to identify and solve use constraints and common issues
  • Work with Microsoft technical experts to investigate integration of new technologies
  • Work closely with security assessment teams to ensure compliance with security standards
  • Travel expectation: 0-25%


A successful candidate will have:

  • Passion for distributed structured storage
  • 2+ years of experience building scalable structured distributed storage systems
  • 7+ years of experience in developing with C#/Java/C++ OR C
  • Experience with distributed programming models
  • Experience creating, developing, delivering, deploying, maintaining online services
  • Experience with multi-threaded/parallel programming
  • Excellence in software engineering practices and coding
  • Proven ability to plan, schedule and deliver quality software
  • BS+ in computer science or related fields
  • Extensive knowledge and experience designing for operability
  • Ability to debug and optimize code, and automate routine tasks
  • Ability to participate in an on-call rotation


  • 7+ years of software engineering experience
  • 3+ years of experience with PowerShell, C#, or C++
  • Experience working on large scale distributed services with on-call responsibilities
  • Capable of technical deep-dives into networking, service design, operating systems and storage
  • Ability to build and influence broadly towards common goals and priorities.
  • Firm sense of accountability, ownership for end-to-end project lifecycle with solid project management and communication skills
  • Expertise in problem solving and analyzing distributed systems and critical production service environments
  • CS Degree or equivalent experience

Security Clearance Requirements: Candidates must be able 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.

Candidates must have an active TS and be willing to upgrade to TS/SCI (with polygraph) or have an active TS/SCI and be willing to upgrade to TS/SCI (with polygraph). This role will require candidates to maintain the TS/SCI (with polygraph) clearance.

Citizenship Verification: This position requires verification of US Citizenship to meet federal government security requirements.

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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