Software Engineer


Location: Redmond, Washington

Job Type: Full time


Microsoft has transformed itself into the undisputed leader driving innovations in data platform capabilities. Our data platform powers innovation in every industry, facilitates breakthrough scientific and medical research, and underpins intelligent applications that are changing the way people live. Enterprises and research institutions are using our platform to disrupt markets and transform their businesses. From Edge to Cloud and spanning multiple operating systems, and multiple public and private clouds the Azure Data Platform provides limitless career growth opportunities.  

Azure Data SQL team is looking for talented engineers who can help define and design the next set of technologies to build a state-of-the-art database to power the next wave of cloud-native modern applications. You will work closely with our database experts and solve challenging problems to modernize SQL Server Engine. You will impact customers that span across SQL platforms from SQL Edge on IOT devices to SQL Server and Azure SQL DB in the cloud. Our vision is to create the best-in-class operational database that integrates with Azure Services and powers the next generation of applications.


Responsibilities span across several of the following: 

  • Identifying and driving prototype projects for quick evaluation of design ideas
  • Work on solving variety of challenges from database systems in C++ to distributed systems in C#
  • Enhancing Azure SQL DB/SQL Server’s capability and performance to process semi-structured or unstructured data such as json and free text
  • Modernizing Azure SQL DB with new APIs for data retrieval
  • Building the next set of application developer features for SQL Server such as GraphQL and new T-SQL capabilities.
  • Deepening Azure SQL DBs integration with other Azure features such as Azure Functions and Event Hub.

Here’s a little introduction to our team:  

  • We spend our days collaborating with, teaching, and learning from a diverse set of world class engineers.  
  • We develop, test, and check in code every day.  
  • We are obsessed with customers and make data-driven decisions using telemetry collected from customers and world scale production systems.  
  • We take time to build the engineering systems that allow us to focus on new problems and reduce overhead.  
  • We value engineers who can go anywhere the business and technology takes them and tackling a variety of challenges.
  • We look for opportunities to use existing technologies and open source.  


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or Engineering or Mathematics or Physics or IT technical discipline (OR) in place of 3+ years of internship in Computer Science or Engineering or Mathematics or Physics or IT technical discipline (OR) in place of 3+ years of industry engineering experience in Computer Science or Engineering or Mathematics or Physics or IT technical discipline 
  • 3-7 years of industry experience in hands-on software design & development 
  • 3+ years of industry programming experience in C/C++/C#/Java/Python OR other object-oriented programming languages

Experience in these areas is a bonus:

  • Design and development experience in database engines, schema-less data indexing and search technologies, performance tuning and operating system internals  
  • M.S./Ph.D. in Computer Science (or equivalent) with specialization in Systems areas. 


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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