Microsoft Corporation Principal Software Engineer in Redmond, Washington

Do you want to help build large scale, high throughput, fault-tolerant systems that manage and deliver media and web content globally?

Do you want to know first-hand how big online events like Super Bowl and Olympics were delivered from the cloud?

Do you want to work in risk-taking and innovative organization where you can help grow the next billion-dollar business?

If so, then we are the team you should be talking to!

We’re the Azure Media Services team that delivers end-to-end media platform in the cloud. Video is a workload that is always testing the limits of the entire technology stack. Its real-time nature and huge data volume makes it a true engineering challenge. Azure Media Services provides broadcast-quality video streaming services that can reach larger audiences on today’s most popular mobile devices. It was used for multiple high-profile online events including Olympics, World Cup Soccer and Super Bowl streaming which demonstrated the massive scale and robustness of the platform. Azure Media Services is also the video AI runtime for Microsoft Cognitive Services and provides ever growing AI capabilities including audio indexing, face detection, motion detection, sentiment analysis, etc.

But, there’s a lot more to come. We’re rapidly expanding the scope of our team to go after even bigger opportunities including enterprise video, linear TV in the cloud, low latency video, video indexer, etc. and that’s why we need great developers like you!

This team affords high visibility & tremendous career growth prospects. We also offer a wide range of project opportunities for you to grow your career to the next level. Whether it’s building first-class cloud platform and services, highly scalable distributed systems, cross-platform clients that run on all popular devices, in-depth audio/video processing at scale, studio-grade content protection solution and so on. There is always an opportunity that can let you feel challenged and passionate about. You will be responsible for proposing and developing innovative solutions that span across multiple layers of technologies.


Candidates must have a track record for delivering complete, high-quality design and implementation. In addition, you need to deal well with ambiguity and can help define clear goals and keep them in focus. You must have demonstrated ability to work well both independently and collectively in a team environment.


Basic qualifications:

  • 6 years of experience as a developer with C# and/or C++ design and programming skills

  • BS/MS degree in Computer Science, Engineering or related field

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Excellent design and programming skills.

  • Extensive experience with cloud design, development and operation.

  • Excellent communication and cross-discipline collaboration skills.

  • Excellent problem solving and debugging skills.

  • Familiarity with media technologies is a plus but not required.

Cloud Background check:

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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