Principal Software Engineer


Atlanta, GA

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Do you want to participate in creating and delivering the next generation of technologies to automate private and public cloud infrastructures? Do you love to contribute to open-source technologies and communities across the globe? Do you want to be part of a high-energy and creative team that is currently impacting millions of customers across the planet?

The Linux Systems Group is building the Linux based technologies at Microsoft, and we are looking for a talented Software Engineer to join our team. If you are interested in working on Linux or open-source projects at Microsoft, this is the job for you!

Open to 100% remote work.


Our team plays a key leadership role in Azure by driving Linux and open-source technologies, solutions and strategy. In this role, you will work closely with internal and external customers, coordinate design and coding across multiple projects, and partner with independent teams in disparate geographic locations. You will work closely with upstream open-source projects, representing Microsoft as a strong community partner and contributor. You will be working on research and development in cutting edge accelerations and optimizations to power future public and private clouds. You will define and push the limits of innovative technologies — working with the latest hardware, the largest servers, and even larger datacenters.

If you love to solve large-scale enterprise issues and enjoy working on system-level design and implementations, this is the right place for you! Come and join us to build our next generation Cloud Infrastructure together, which will have significant impact on millions of customers across the planet!


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, JavaScript, or Python or equivalent experience.
  • 6+ years of experience in system-level development of Linux and/or Windows platforms

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated aptitude in architecting, designing, developing, debugging, and delivering products
  • Demonstrated ability to handle complex cross-group projects
  • Technical passion, avid learner, terrific problem-solving skills, and the ability to work independently
  • Technical expertise and contributions to open-source projects
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with external teams (open source, partners, customers, standards)
  • Passionate about partnering with customers
  • Experience in mentoring team members
  • Experience in Linux distro management – familiarity to upstream developments, monitoring upstream changes, integration, upstreaming, backporting
  • Expertise & interest in Linux build systems (specifically Yocto) and distributed build environments
  • Experience in customer support (SDK, others), with track record on responsive, accountable, and targeted service
  • Experience in bug analysis, as well as root-causing issues in running environments


These requirements include, but are not limited to the following specialized security screenings

Ability to meet Microsoft, customer and/or government security screening requirements are required for this role.

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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