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Microsoft Corporation Principal Software Engineer in Redmond, Washington

In Core OS (Operating System), we are responsible for the Operating Systems that power Azure, Microsoft's Linux OS, the platforms for Windows Client and Xbox, and our Windows Server ecosystem through all of these, we support every one of our cloud businesses and billions of customers around the world. In this era of ubiquitous computing, systems software excellence has never been more important for Microsoft. High quality, high-efficiency operating systems and platform components underpin everything we do as a company, from making our systems more reliable for our customers, to increasing our competitiveness by reducing COGS (cost of goods sold), to delivering new features and capabilities to delight customers thats all us!

Our team is looking for a talented, highly motivated principal software engineer to help drive the development of the next generation of our virtualization platform. We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate who can learn quickly, has proven design skills, has broad interests, and isnt afraid to jump into new or unfamiliar technologies.

This is your chance to help build the next generation of Microsoft's virtual machines on the Hyper-V team. Hyper-V virtualization technology powers the cloud and enables enterprises to consolidate and efficiently manage those workloads like never before.

This is a great opportunity to join an excellent team in an exciting technology space. Customers are rapidly adopting virtualization solutions. Join the Hyper-V team and help build the virtualization platform preferred by enterprises and powering the cloud.

Microsofts mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. As employees we come together with a growth mindset, innovate to empower others, and collaborate to realize our shared goals. Each day we build on our values of respect, integrity, and accountability to create a culture of inclusion where everyone can thrive at work and beyond.


  • Responsible for the design and implementation of features for managing Hyper-V, providing the core infrastructure that enables a broad range of virtualization scenarios.

  • Play a key role in defining the strategy for how Hyper-V is managed, ensuring that Hyper-V virtualization technology is easily consumable across a wide range of environments from single-system configurations up to extreme-scale cloud deployments.

  • Contributeacross the span of complete management surface of Hyper-V.

  • Partner closely with other teams within Microsoft to leveragecutting-edge management frameworks and to build end-to-end features that make Hyper-V the best platform for cloud computing.


Required/Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, or related technical discipline AND 6+ years technical engineering experience with coding in languages including, but not limited to, C++, C#

  • OR equivalent experience

Other Requirements:

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.

Preferred Qualfications:

  • 10+ years technical engineering experience with coding in languages including, but not limited to, C++, C#

  • Experience with Rust

  • Proven ability to lead the development of complex features

  • Architectural skills backed up by implementation experience

  • Debugging, coding, and problem solving skills

  • Ability to work on a large codebase and willing to take on a wide variety of challenges

  • Understanding of systems software

  • Track record of positive results across multiple ship cycles

Software Engineering IC5 - The typical base pay range for this role across the U.S. is USD $133,600 - $256,800 per year. There is a different range applicable to specific work locations, within the San Francisco Bay area and New York City metropolitan area, and the base pay range for this role in those locations is USD $173,200 - $282,200 per year.

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