Senior Hardware Systems Engineer


Location: Austin, Texas, Mountain View, California, Portland, Oregon, Redmond, Washington

Job Type: Full time


Be brave, not perfect.
- Reshma Saujani

The Cloud AI & Advanced Systems Engineering (CAASE) is responsible for expanding Microsoft’s Cloud Infrastructure to enable Microsoft’s mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. The CAASE team is instrumental in delivering world class and innovative hardware at scale to ensure a high-quality experience to the millions of Microsoft Azure customers.

As a Senior Hardware Systems Engineer, you will be the technical voice of the program collaborating across several functional teams and customers within Microsoft. You will be leading the system bring up, integration strategy, and system evaluation as well as influencing hardware architecture to deliver the highest quality solution to the customer. This is an excellent opportunity to work on hyperscale challenges and cutting-edge technologies.


  • Collaborate with architecture, silicon engineering, firmware, hardware design, hardware validation, OS (operating systems), manufacturing, and customer teams to build state-of-the-art compute, storage, networking, and accelerator hardware solutions.
  • Analyze new interfaces and subsystems to develop integration plans, analyze power efficiency, debug integration issues, and provide recommendations.
  • Define system behavior and concept of operations for the platform to ensure compatibility with Microsoft Azure datacenter software, serviceability, telemetry, and customer expectations.
  • Perform NUDD (new, unique, different and difficult) technology and feature analysis and provide risk assessment and mitigations.
  • Drive technical requirements and ensure the solution is flexible and scalable across the full (HW/FW/SW) stack.
  • Enable platform and solution level discussions, influencing architecture of the product, and delivering to product goals across quality, reliability, and performance.
  • Collaborate with internal, external, and open-source partners to onboard innovative technologies in a seamless manner.


Required Qualifications

  • A Bachelor's or Master's Degree in Electrical/Computer Engineering
  • 7+ years of relevant experience in system (compute, storage, networking, and/or accelerator) level design, Platform Development, and/or implementation across the hardware development lifecycle
  • Experience in post-Silicon Validation, specifically Memory and/or SoC Core
  • Experience with hardware, firmware, management firmware, and/or software (system & application stack) interfaces across all modules in a system
  • Ability to work across multiple disciplines (hardware, firmware, software, and/or data center infrastructure) to identify risks, drive discussions, detail system tradeoffs, and assess impact

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of high-volume silicon (SoCs, GPUs, or FPGAs), compute, storage, and/or networking design, manufacturing, and deployment
  • Experience with highspeed interfaces such as PCIe, DDR, and ethernet
  • Indepth experience with operating systems (Windows and/or Linux), system firmware (BIOS, BMC), and system security (hardware and software)
  • Knowledge about Cloud Operations at scale
  • Proven track record of bringing up, integrating, and deploying new hardware technology
  • Experience managing hardware programs through the entire product lifecycle
  • Strong verbal, written communication, and presentation skills

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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