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Microsoft Corporation Senior Software Engineer in Redmond, Washington

Microsoft Azure is building the fastest network in public cloud. We are seeking candidates who live and breathe systems software development, love working closely with hardware to build network systems software and services, taking things from idea to production.

The Azure Accelerated Networking team is where the rubber meets the road for Software-Defined Networking – we create the host offload platform that allows SDN controllers to perform arbitrary packet manipulations and virtualization, with very high speed. The Accelerated Networking Service enables us to scale SDN from 40Gbps to 100Gbps and beyond!

Watch our director explain why Host SDN is at the forefront of the SDN revolution! We are a part of the Azure Host Networking team which created all the host network virtualization capabilities described, as well as the high speed RDMA platform mentioned here that scaled Azure Storage.


Join us as a Software Engineer to build the world’s fastest public cloud and make a difference to millions of people across the planet. As a developer in the Accelerated Networking team, you would be responsible for building, testing and deploying software that accelerate network virtualization scenarios for use in Network Virtual Appliances, Containers etc. on Azure. You will also co-design the hardware acceleration support necessary for these scenarios working closely with various teams in Microsoft and our partners in the industry.

Knowledge/experience in one of these areas is a plus:

Linux and Windows internals (networking stack and other OS components); Host network offloads; SR-IOV; TCP/IP; Reliable, high quality software development; Switching and routing protocols; Virtualization (hypervisors; virtual machine switching); Performance optimization; Network hardware capabilities - NICs, switches, routers; Network virtualization (NVGRE, VXLAN); Driver and Kernel development; Compilers and API design; QoS, traffic scheduling and queueing.


  • BS degree or higher in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Allied engineering disciplines, or equivalent experience

  • 5+ years of professional software development experience using C

  • Linux/Windows kernel and/or DPDK development experience

  • Solid System Design and Dev skills

  • Experience with performance optimization of low level code

  • Experience shipping products or services

  • Ability to work with multiple partner teams and external vendors to drive impact

  • Passion and drive for profound impact

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.

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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