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Senior Thermal Engineer


Location: Atlanta, Georgia, Austin, Texas, Portland, Oregon, Redmond, Washington, Sunnyvale, California

Job Type: Full time


The Cloud Hardware Infrastructure Engineering (CHIE) Team is seeking a Thermal/Mechanical Engineer to conduct end to end development of complex server and infrastructure designs. The candidate will support both in-house and ODM/OEM designs at all levels from component, card, to full systems that require air and liquid cooling. The Engineer will create and deliver thermal designs using first order calculations and CFD modeling, direct partners, support testing, develop thermal control systems, and solve complex technical problems for Microsoft’s future server products.

Microsoft is a highly innovative company that collaborates across disciplines to produce cutting edge cloud technology that changes our world. The CHIE team in Microsoft’s Azure C+E division is responsible for delivering server infrastructure for Microsoft’s online services. The hardware for operating these services comprises of hundreds of thousands of servers spread globally and applications that reach hundreds of millions of users every day. Our customer-base is growing rapidly, our infrastructure investments are multiplying, and the size of our global infrastructure is increasing by the day - along with the scale of our challenges. Learn more about our team and projects here Azure Hardware Infrastructure


  • Responsible for thermal design of computer servers and racks using both first order calculations and CFD software.
  • Responsible for directing the thermal design efforts of partners and contract manufacturers.
  • End-to-end Ownership of designs from early architectural specification to post-production sustaining. 
  • Responsible for interfacing with multi-discipline teams in development of server hardware.
  • Presentation of information to partner teams and management.
  • Responsible for planning and carrying out testing on thermal components and systems.



  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (or related).
  • 7+ years of hands-on experience in the electronics design industry with a track record of production thermal designs.
  • 3+ years of experience with CFD packages such as Flotherm, Icepak, FloEFD.


  • Proficient with CFD packages such as Flotherm, Icepak, FloEFD.
  • Experience with prototyping and high volume manufacturing of thermal components.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Proficient at PTC Creo or other CAD tools.
  • Experience in liquid cooling and mixed cooling designs.
  • Experience with 2-phase liquid cooling and/or immersion cooling.

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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