Principal Software Engineer - Azure Compute


Location: Redmond, Washington

Job Type: Full time


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The Microsoft Azure cloud is a global platform that empowers every person and organization on the planet to achieve more. We host services at the scale of Bing, Teams, SharePoint, and SQL Azure. Customers use the power of Azure to host millions of multiplayer gaming sessions and solve large computational problems. Workloads range from "born-in-the-cloud" services to enterprise applications migrated from customer datacenters.

The One Fleet Control Plane, the kernel of the Azure cloud, is a fault-tolerant distributed system built on commodity datacenter hardware. Within the One Fleet Control Plane, the Compute Allocator team develops services to assign customer workloads to physical compute servers. As Azure expands, efficient utilization of our resources becomes a vital part of the business. Allocation services must maintain a high throughput of workload assignments to meet customer elasticity requirements but also pack as efficiently as possible. Most importantly, allocation decisions must be correct, respecting placement constraints to meet customer performance and availability requirements. The Compute Allocator team develops the Protean allocation technology described at

In this role, you will enhance the Azure Compute allocation services as they are applied to new customer scenarios, collaborating with partner teams across Azure. You will tune packing algorithms to improve customer experience and platform efficiency, and you will drive improvements to availability, scalability, and operability. If you are interested in distributed systems, if you enjoy algorithms and efficiency, if you seek opportunities for high impact on Microsoft's core business, then this is the role for you. Team is comfortable having remote candidate within Unites States.


Design, implement, and operate distributed systems at scale.

Collaborate with partner teams to drive customer features and platform efficiency improvements across the One Fleet Control Plane.

Deliver high quality of service to Azure customers through live-site excellence.

Manage a team of software engineers, recruiting top talent, promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace, and advocating best practices in software engineering and distributed systems design and implementation.


8+ years software engineering experience with C#, Java, and/or C++.

5+ years software engineering experience in multi-threaded, asynchronous, and/or systems programming.

Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or equivalent industry experience

Preferred Qualfication:

Object-oriented design fundamentals

Experience with cloud-scale applications and services

Experience leading teams that maintain live services

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.

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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