Microsoft Corporation Senior Storage Validation Engineer in Redmond, Washington

Microsoft’s Hardware teams consist of progressive, diverse, and exceptionally creative professionals who design, test and manufacture some of the best-loved entertainment devices in the world. Our teams ship tens of millions of hardware products every year including the Xbox One X, Xbox One S, a full accessories lineup, and more. Microsoft is the destination for the brightest minds in gaming device design. Come be part of what’s next.

We are seeking a qualified candidate for a Senior Engineer to own the characterization and validation of storage solutions for the Xbox hardware development team. Storage solutions include HDD, SSD, and other Flash based storage technologies. The successful candidate will be the primary technical focal point for determining quality for existing and leading-edge storage technologies on currently shipping and future Xbox design projects. The focus will be on evaluating and characterizing storage solutions based on a deep understanding of the complete storage architecture and the interactions between Hardware and Operating System. The role will include working with hardware and software development partners to understand the solution, and then validating the end-to-end storage solutions in the console based on a variety of metrics such as performance and latency. Validation includes creating tests, driving test execution, and working across internal teams and with external suppliers to complete a component and system level characterization, qualification and validation of each technology.

The candidate will own the quality of the storage solutions from the early architectural stages of a program all the way through sustaining support for units already in customer’s hands.


  • Develop characterization tests, validation tests and qualification plans for each storage device including performance and latency testing

  • Coordinate validation activities as well as provide technical validation leadership

  • Debug and root cause test failures

  • Coordinate and align with other Microsoft hardware product teams

  • Track technology and industry roadmap of each storage device


  • Minimum BS/MS in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science or equivalent

  • Experience testing HDD, SSD and/or Flash parts

  • Deep understanding of operating system storage software architectures from drivers to file system

  • Knowledge of SATA, PCIe/NVMe, and eMMC protocols

  • Strong software development background interfacing with and debugging hardware components

  • Application to kernel level software and embedded firmware development experience

  • 8+ years of experience designing, implementing, and shipping products of medium to high complexity

  • Strong bench evaluation and in-lab debugging skills are required

  • Knowledge of Six Sigma methodologies including DOE, Monte Carlo, Linear Regression, statistical analysis, and process capability

  • Strong communication skills with the ability to clearly express technical concepts in verbal and written forms

  • Domestic and some international travel will be required

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 at .

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