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Senior Hardware Engineer


Location: Austin, Texas, Redmond, Washington, Sunnyvale, California

Job Type: Full time


Microsoft is a highly innovative company that collaborates across disciplines to produce cutting edge technology that changes our world.  The Azure Cloud Hardware and Infrastructure Engineering (CHIE) team is seeking a highly motivated senior hardware systems engineer to work in a team of other hardware and software developers to create systems and modules to be deployed in Microsoft’s Azure Cloud.  Microsoft provides ample opportunities for developers to have an impact on products that touch the lives of millions of users daily, in a cutting-edge public cloud environment. 

As a Systems Engineering team member, you will work directly with engineers across cross-functional teams and deliver hardware designs from concept to data center deployment.  Responsibilities will include interacting directly with Microsoft’s services teams, cross-discipline design teams focusing on the functional interfaces and developing test cases and qualifying the designs.  This is an opportunity to leverage and grow your existing hardware design/validation experience and provide innovative E2E hardware solutions to Microsoft Cloud.


  • Be part of the concept design discussions, gather node/rack system level requirements, clarify interfaces, provide feedback into future design requirements to help develop robust and high-performance cloud hardware solutions.
  • Gather all the system engineering requirements for the infrastructure components by working with engineering groups and other stakeholders. Develop test strategy, test-cases and execute platform validation plans of the systems (node/rack level).
  • Work with ODMs, other system engineers, internal design teams and customers to develop validation execution plans for new technologies and MSFT IP features.
  • Developing quality criteria for different phases of programs
  • Work with ODMs, Silicon vendors, component suppliers and internal design teams on cross-boundary triaging, debugging, and resolving issues.
  • Review system engineering and validation coverage throughout the lifecycle of the program and publish plan vs. progress reports.
  • Develop node/rack system level test cases, test requirements against system level requirements and verify them for functionality at node/rack level.
  • Collaborate with internal and external partners to ensure systems meet significant quality, reliability, and service level requirements for a cloud environment. Architect cloud test scenarios and guide software engineers to automate test flows.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degreein Electrical/Computer Engineering or related field.
  • 10+ years of relevant experience in server systems/platforms design and development for enterprise or cloud market segments.
  • Minimum 8+ years of hands-on experience in server hardware architecture, design, development with solid understanding of hardware, firmware, and OS interfaces.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in evaluating off the shelf OEM hardware designs, HW/FW/OS interactions, platform config trade-offs, performance tuning and optimizations is required.
  • Experience in platform level test architecture and usage of debug tools like (ITP, Arium, ARM JTAG tools or equivalent).
  • Strong technical communication skills (verbal and written) to interface with cross-functional technical leads within and/or outside of the organization.

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.

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.

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