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Microsoft Corporation Software Design Engineer II in Redmond, Washington

Microsoft Quantum is dedicated to solving some of the world’s intractable problems and forever altering our economic, industrial, academic, and societal landscape. In just hours or days, a quantum computer will solve some complex problems that would otherwise take today’s computers billions of years! This has massive implications for research in sustainability, energy, environmental systems, smart materials, and more. Microsoft is working to build a scalable quantum machine, to empower people and organizations with this incredible technology stack.

Are you passionate about building innovative systems at the intersection of HPC (high-performance computing), AI (Artificial Intelligence) and Quantum? Do you want to be part of the next revolution in computing? If so, the Quantum team is looking for you! We are looking for a Software Design Engineer II. Join us as we create a new “supercomputing as a service” offering focused on Chemistry and Material Science workloads. For more information about our team, visit .

Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, and we’re dedicated to this mission across every aspect of our company. Our culture is centered on embracing a growth mindset and encouraging teams and leaders to bring their best each day. Join us and help shape the future of the world.

In alignment with our Microsoft values, we are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment for all employees to positively impact our culture every day.


This role, as part of the Azure Quantum Elements team, will create new Azure services that are designed to cater for demanding HPC workloads (think classical supercomputer scale). These services will blend traditional HPC solutions with AI & Quantum accelerators (both third party and first party hardware). The candidate for this position is agile and able to adapt to changing conditions and priorities as we learn and grow. Such a candidate has excellent communication and cross-team collaboration skills.

  • Deploy and co-design high-performance computing infrastructure solutions for computational chemistry and materials science workloads on Azure.

  • End to end deployment of HPC infrastructure in Azure.

  • Communicate with end users and platform engineers in a timely and professional manner.

  • Monitor system event logs, determinethe cause of errors, and troubleshoot them.

  • Improve and optimize the infrastructure together with the team, based on learnings and customer requests.

  • Develop front end UX working with UX designers.

  • Implementbest practices for software development, build, test, and release processes.

  • Create automated testing processes for the software implementations.

  • Provide technical support to users worldwide for these systems.

  • Track, prioritize, and implement new features and maintain related software.

  • Support a one team, one culture approach.


  • Embody our Culture ( and Values (


Required /Minimum Qualifications :

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

  • OR equivalent experience.

  • Experience with building frontends using cloud-based services (Azure or similar).

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 requirements :

  • 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

  • ORMaster'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.

  • Demonstrated UX development using various frameworks like React, Angular, UWP, Qt, Xamarin.

  • Experience working with and designing REST APIs.

  • Familiarity with HPC (High Performance Computing) solutions in Azure or other hyperscalers.

  • Familiarity with Kubernetes/AKS, Azure Storage, Azure Batch.

  • Hands-on Linux experience – systems administration and troubleshooting.

  • Experience with containerization/deploying applications andmicroservices.

  • Experience with open-source software development.

  • Self-motivated with an ability to succeed in a team-oriented, dynamic environment.

  • Detail oriented design, coding, debugging, and problem-solving skills.

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.

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

Microsoft will accept applications for the role until April 16, 2024.

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 ( .