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Microsoft Corporation Principal Software Engineer in Redmond, Washington

In Cognition, people—not devices—are at the center of everything we do. Our tech moves beyond screens and pixels, creating a new reality aimed at bringing us closer together. To get there, we’re incorporating diverse groundbreaking technologies, from the revolutionary Holographic Processing Unit to computer vision, machine learning, human-computer interaction, and more. We’re a growing team of talented engineers and artists putting technology on a human path across all Windows devices, including Microsoft HoloLens, Windows Mixed Reality headsets, and motion controllers. We believe in success through a compelling end-to-end customer experience for Mixed Reality. If you do too, we need you!


You are a veteran engineer with deep background in the MR/VR space. You can flow seamlessly between low-level systems engineering and high level experiential prototyping, and are at home across both software and hardware. You have deep background in rendering, computer vision and 3D math. You can determine missing gaps in the engineering and product development plans across the organization. You have a track record of working well with leadership of other teams to find resourcing, provide support, or personally fill these gaps as appropriate. You help us make data-driven solutions by producing and helping drive software through UR, and determining next steps. You are comfortable leading small teams to complete research and prototype-development projects.

You are a collaborative problem solver who is action-oriented. You are an independent thinker who actively listens to perspectives different from your own. You are highly entrepreneurial and like being hands-on,

driving clarity in a highly ambiguous environment. You will take an active part in helping hire and grow our team. Your pragmatism will help us create realistic engineering plans and processes that help the team iterate and experiment quickly and efficiently. You will be able to implement the technology needed to ship high quality experiences now and in the future while working closely with the design and engineering teams. You are versatile, have strong development and production-sense, and the expertise to inspire and mentor others to do their best work.


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent practical experience

  • 15+ years of C++ software engineering experience

  • 5+ years of C# software engineering experience

  • Experience in professional game or user experience development

  • Experience leading and growing high functioning team

Preferred Qualifications

  • 10+ years of experience building applications or games in MR/VR

  • 10+ years of experience building applications or games in Unity or Unreal

  • Excellent debugging and optimizing skills

  • Ability to quickly prototype and iterate in collaboration with others

  • Self-directed and takes initiative to drive progress in highly ambiguous environments

  • Strong communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills


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 at .

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