Principal Hardware Engineer

Last updated 7 hours ago
Location:Redmond, Washington
Job Type:Full Time

Microsoft Azure is building the fastest, most reliable, and most secure public cloud. We are seeking candidates who can span the stack from hardware to systems to applications, turning ideas into production systems at a rapid pace. Join us as a Principal Hardware Engineer enable millions of people across the planet to achieve more.

As a developer in the Azure Hardware and Systems Infrastructure’s FPGA team, where you will be responsible for building, testing, and deploying next-generation networking and storage infrastructure on Azure, the largest deployment of FPGA SmartNICs in the world. You will also develop and deploy custom acceleration architectures for AI and machine learning, data processing, and security/cryptography. Ideal candidates should be able to drive projects with both hardware and software teams, and both inside and outside of Microsoft.

This is a unique opportunity for hardware developers to see their RTL code go to production within weeks instead of years, or for software developers to tap into the performance and efficiency of customized hardware. Come help build one of the few truly hyperscale global clouds with innovations possible at every level of the computing stack.


  • Design, propose and oversee the analysis/evaluation of hardware architectures
  • Design and code RTL modules written in Verilog / SystemVerilog and targeting FPGAs
  • Simulate and perform hardware-based testing, debug, and verification of FPGA designs
  • Scripting and basic software development in support of hardware design
  • Apply Agile development methodologies including code reviews, sprint planning, and frequent deployment
  • Handle a DevOps role with occasional on-call responsibilities for resolving customer issues in production


  • 10 years professional digital logic design, development, and verification experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in digital logic design and verification in Verilog, SystemVerilog, or VHDL highly preferred
  • Experience in cryptographic protocols and computer security highly preferred.
  • Developing and deploying cloud applications for cloud hardware (NICs, GPUs, etc) highly preferred
  • Deep experience with FPGA programming including timing closure, resource management, and using IP libraries highly preferred
  • B.S, M.S, or Ph.D in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or Computer Science
  • Strong knowledge of Verilog or SystemVerilog
  • Ability to read and write code in C, C++, C#, SystemC, Powershell and/or Python
  • Knowledge of networking and storage fundamentals, including RDMA, SR-IOV, TCP/IP, and NVMe

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.

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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