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Microsoft Corporation Research Software Engineering II in Redmond, Washington

Azure Systems Research is a world-class research group embedded in Azure that pushes the limit of software systems for cloud platforms. We focus primarily on improving the efficiency of the cloud infrastructure across the entire Hardware and Software stack. We collaborate very closely with production teams in Azure to deploy our research and have tremendous opportunity for impact. We also strive to engage with the research community and publish in the top venues in Computer Science.

Our group provides a collaborative, supportive, inclusive, and respectful environment for some of the worlds best engineers and researchers. Together, we strive to create innovative solutions to computings toughest challenges. For example, we are exploring various power saving and harvesting mechanisms across the stack for the large Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) deployments around large language models.

As a Research Software Engineer II, you will work with other engineers and researchers to create innovative research prototypes; help transform project guidelines into concrete system architectures and implementations; build large-scale production systems; and, as you become more senior, mentor new team members in support of their career goals. You will work with some of the most pressing challenges in improving the efficiency and sustainability of the infrastructure powering the current AI revolution.

Further, this opportunity will allow you to gain understanding of the inner workings of a hyperscale cloud. You will have many growth opportunities on our team, and you will learn and grow in your career, enhancing both your engineering and research skills. If you thrive in environments seeking innovation and fast-paced entrepreneurial execution, then this is the place for you.

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.


  • Works with members of their research group; relevant product, research, and business groups inside or outside of Microsoft to help identify research goals, determine requirements, constraints, and dependencies for potential solutions.

  • Collaborates with members of their research group to contribute to work on a research problem, including building and evaluating prototypes, integrating with and/or deploying to production.

  • Participates in writing and/or presenting papers at workshops and conferences.

  • Gains expertise in one or more subareas of research and understands the corresponding literature and applicable research techniques, including tools, technologies, or methods being used in the research community.

  • Remains current in skills by investing time and effort into staying abreast of current developments that will improve the availability, reliability, efficiency, observability, and performance of products and prototypes.

  • Establishes collaborative relationships with relevant product and business groups inside or outside of Microsoft and provides expertise or technology to them.

  • Mentors research interns in the group and assists onboarding new team members.


Required / Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or related technical field AND 2+ years technical engineering experience with coding in languages including, but not limited to, C, C++, C#, Java, Rust, or Python

  • 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.

Additional or Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or related technical field AND 4+ 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 2+ years technical engineering experience with coding in languages including, but not limited to, C, C++, C#, Java, JavaScript, or Python

  • OR equivalent experience.

  • 1+ years of experience working with Graphic Processing Units (GPUs) and training/inference serving of modern Machine Learning (ML) models

Software Engineering IC3 - The typical base pay range for this role across the U.S. is USD $94,300 - $182,600 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 $120,900 - $198,600 per year.

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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 ( .