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Microsoft Corporation Principal Software Engineer in Redmond, Washington

Build new scenarios for one of the most successful and widely deployed enterprise databases in the world !

Microsoft SQL Server Enterprise team is looking for engineers at all levels who would be excited about working on SQL Server Database Engine, High Availability and CI/CD pipelines. SQL Server continues to be one of the most popular database platforms in the world and a key part of the Azure data platform in Microsoft. In this team, we are working on innovations to ensure continued success and growth for Enterprise/Tier-1 customers. We focus on performance, scalability, availability, security, compliance, supportability and more, for on-premise, cloud and hybrid scenarios which span across many components (Frontend/Language, Query Processing, Access Methods, Storage, and High Availability). We work with Windows, Linux, Containers, Kubernetes and other popular distributions.

Our primary profile is a strong systems-level developer and we are hiring engineers at all levels.


Here’s a little introduction toour team:

• Wespendour days collaborating with, teaching, and learning from a diverse set of world class engineers.

• Wedevelop, test, and check code in every day.

• We are obsessed with customers andmakedata-drivendecisions usingtelemetrycollected from customers and production systems.

• Wetaketime to design, implement, and enhance the engineering systems that allow us to focus on new problems and reduce overhead.

• Welookfor opportunities to use existing technologies and open source.

If any or all of that sounds exciting to you, then the SQL Server Enterprise team could be a great place to call home.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or Engineering or Mathematics or Physics or IT technical discipline (OR) in place of 3+ years of internship in Computer Science or Engineering or Mathematics or Physics or IT technical discipline (OR) in place of 3+ years of industry engineering experience in Computer Science or Engineering or Mathematics or Physics or IT technical discipline

  • 10+ years of programming experience in C++ OR C OR object-oriented programming

Any experience you have with these things is a bonus:

  • Experience with both Windows and Linux

  • Design and development experience in database engines, distributed systems, cloud computing, container technology, and operating system internals

  • 5+ years of hands on operating systems development experience

  • 10+ years of experience shipping software products/services


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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