Senior Software Engineer – OS/Kernel


Location: Redmond, Washington, United States

Job Type: Full time


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Are you interested in helping tomake the best possible Windows platform for Azure and across devices such as Xbox, HoloLens, Server, and Desktop? Do you want to write world-class features designed to improve performance, increase battery life, improve security, and open up new possibilities for our developers, users, and partners? Do you want to work on highly impactful features such as the recent Spectre/Meltdown security mitigations? If so, this is the perfect team for you!

We are the Microsoft CoreOS Base Kernel team and we work on technologies which cover an amazing breadth of scenarios, and have a proven track record for innovative work. This includes: containers and mixed architecture computing, next generation cloud technology, resource and service management, core infrastructure for app platforms, kernel security improvements, next generation processor integration, Windows on ARM64, and much, much more!


In this role, you will work with a team of engineers to design, implement, and maintain features for Windows across a variety of platforms and architectures. You’ll be an integral part of a small and highly technical team, working on critical and strategic projects as you drive innovation across the industry. This is a highly visible and impactful role with a clear link to the success of Microsoft as a company.

We are looking for an engineer who loves to learn, collaborate, and solve interesting challenges.  Our organization is looking for someone who:

  • Has strong design, coding, debugging, and problem-solving skills
  • Enjoys new technical challenges and excels at solving them
  • Excited about making better software and continuously improving the development, integration and deployment process
  • Demonstrates effective communication and cross-team collaboration skills


Required Qualifications:

  • BS in Computer Science or related discipline, or equivalent industry experience
  • 5+ years of software development experience
  • 3+ years of commercial software development experience in C or C++
  • Familiarity with Windows and/or Linux operating systems internals and concepts

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with virtualization or other sandboxing technologies
  • Experience with operating systems internals and concepts
  • Experience with performance tools and analysis methodology is a plus

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 

The salary for this role in the state of Colorado is between $145,600-$218,400.

At Microsoft, certain roles are eligible for additional rewards, including annual bonus and stock. These awards are allocated based on individual performance. In addition, certain roles also have the opportunity to earn sales incentives based on revenue or utilization, depending on the terms of the plan and the employee’s role.

Benefits/perks listed here may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work. US-based employees gain access to healthcare benefits, a 401(k) plan and company match, short-term and long-term disability coverage, basic life insurance, and fitness benefits, among others.

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.

Benefits/perks listed below may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work.

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