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Microsoft Corporation Principal Software Engineer in Redmond, Washington

Microsoft is a company where passionate innovators come to collaborate, envision what can be and take their careers further. This is a world of more possibilities, more innovation, more openness, and the sky is the limit thinking in a cloud-enabled world.

Microsofts Azure Data engineering team is leading the transformation of analytics in the world of data with products like databases, data integration, big data analytics, messaging & real-time analytics, and business intelligence. The products our portfolio include Microsoft Fabric, Azure SQL DB, Azure Cosmos DB, Azure PostgreSQL, Azure Data Factory, Azure Synapse Analytics, Azure Service Bus, Azure Event Grid, and Power BI. Our mission is tobuild the data platform for the age of AI, powering a new class of data-first applications and driving a data culture.

Within Azure Data, the databases team builds and maintains Microsoft's operational Database systems. We store and manage data in a structured way to enable a multitude of applications across various industries. We are on a journey to enable developer friendly, mission-critical, AI enabled operational Databases across relational, non-relational and OSS offerings.

We are hiring a Principal Software Engineer to join the Azure SQL DB Connectivity team. Your contributions will ensure millions of users can access Azure SQL Databases with unparalleled security, reliability, and performance. The work we do is crucial to ensure our customers are able to leverage their data and produce insights with high availability. You will be working on a distributed system architecture supporting connectivity at a true cloud-scale across geographically distributed data centers. You will be working with technologies like Network Protocols, SDN, and Gateways. Working with a team of specialists in a distributed system, your work will influence the technical direction of the Azure SQL DB service and shape the networking technologies across the entire Azure Cloud ecosystem.

We do not just value differences or different perspectives. We seek them out and invite them in so we can tap into the collective power of everyone in the company. As a result, our customers are better served.


  • Design and implement the next phase of connectivity, scalability, and reliability features of SQL DB to help propel the next wave of fundamental capabilities for our cloud databases offerings.

  • Develop a cross-cutting technical direction and strategic planning for product development, feature enhancement and innovation in alignment with the business objectives

  • Stay updated on recent trends in the database world with a focus on networking, reliability, scalability, and security, and be open to experimenting with promising trends on these focus areas that might open new avenues of growth for SQL DB.

  • Provide guidance and mentor junior engineers, enabling them to succeed in the team and the space.

  • Conduct code reviews and help shape and steer the team coding guidelines.

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Required 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++, C#, Java or Python.

  • OR equivalent experience

  • 4+ years of experience with backend, storage, or database development in distributed systems environment.

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 Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or related technical field AND 10+ years technical engineering experience with coding in languages including, but not limited to, C, C++, C#, Java, JavaScript, or Python

  • OR Master's Degree in Computer Science or related technical field AND 8+ years technical engineering experience with coding in languages including, but not limited to, C, C++, C#, Java, JavaScript, or Python

  • OR equivalent experience.

  • Understanding of distributed systems and/or Operating System and/or experience with Databases, Software Defined Networking and Storage systems are highly preferred.

  • Demonstrated experience leading high-performing engineering teams that work on system software is preferred.

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.

Certain roles may be eligible for benefits and other compensation. Find additional benefits and pay information here:


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Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. Consistent with applicable law, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, immigration status, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran or military status, race, ethnicity, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable local laws, regulations and ordinances. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application process, read more about requesting accommodations ( .