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Software Engineer II - CTJ


Location: Elkridge, Maryland, Redmond, Washington, Reston, Virginia

Job Type: Full time


Are you someone with passion for technology, engineering excellence and quality? Are you looking to work on world-class cloud services with a team of highly talented engineers? If so, Azure SQL is the right place for you.

Azure SQL provides customers and partners across U.S. Federal Civilian, Department of Defense (DoD), and Intelligence Community (IC) with data & analytics capabilities for critical national security and defense workloads. We are meeting the stringent needs of mission-critical applications run by our most demanding customers. The scale of the challenge is enormous; we have millions of databases serving billions of requests, over exabytes of storage, across most of the world. If you want to be part of one of the biggest data projects in the world, if you enjoy being customer-focused and enjoy problems of data analysis and thoughtful approaches to problem solving, join us.

On our team, we strive to build lasting relationships, and we make each other better by supporting, mentoring, and encouraging each other to succeed. We strongly believe that diversity and empathy are key to building great teams and crafting visionary products with global appeal. We value variety in perspectives and backgrounds and work together to create an inclusive environment that supports this.

The individual we seek will have experience as a US Government security clearance holder and subject matter expertise in integrating U.S. Government requirements (with specialized experience within the DoD) and is responsible for the successful readiness and compliance efforts in support of our US Government cloud initiatives.



  • Design and deliver software and infrastructure to improve the reliability, scalability, and efficiency of your services.
  • Successfully complete engineering phases of projects in conformance to project goals, requirements, and schedule.
  • Pay utmost attention to quality right from the design phase, incorporating best practices and engineering for testability.
  • React to problems relating to mission critical services by analyzing telemetry, logs, and monitoring, to root cause issues and mitigate.
  • Engage in improving service deployment and testing processes by pitching, designing, and implementing automated tools and solutions.
  • Communicate and collaborate with engineers in the broader scope of the product to deliver solutions specifically for Azure Secret / Top Secret cloud.
  • Responsible for live site health of services and infrastructure supporting investments in Azure Secret / Top Secret cloud with periodic on-call.
  • Responsible for the execution & adherence of Software Engineering Standards for Data Archiving and retention.
  • Participate in project team activities and contribute to documentation requirements consistent with methodology.
  • Support team efforts in adopting relevant new technologies, tools, methods and processes from Microsoft and industry.
  • Stay educated on existing, emerging technologies and do POCs to evaluate technology fits for customer needs.


Basic Qualifications:

  • 2+ years’ experience in C OR C++ OR C# OR Java OR object-oriented programming; SQL dialects, JavaScript/TypeScript, React; T-SQL and PowerShell OR automation experience arean particular advantage.
  • 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:
    • Citizenship Verification: This position requires verification of US Citizenship to meet federal government security requirements.
    • Candidates must have an active TS or TS/SCI and be willing to upgrade to TS/SCI (with polygraph). This role will require candidates to maintain the TS/SCI (with polygraph) clearance.
    • Microsoft Cloud Background Check: This position will be required to pass the Microsoft Cloud background check upon hire/transfer and every two years thereafter.
  • Candidates selected for this position may need to comply with Federal Executive Order 14042 mandating that federal contractors and subcontractors receive the COVID-19 vaccine by being fully vaccinated before their date of hire, or work with Microsoft to receive an approved religious or medical accommodation.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or Engineering or Mathematics or Physics or IT technical discipline. 
  • Experienced working in Azure/AWS/Google Cloud services
  • Experience deploying production grade software or services, including designing, and implementing solutions for platform and application layer telemetry and monitoring
  • Database experience desirable but not required.

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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