Principal Hardware Systems Engineer


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.

We’re looking for a Principal Hardware Systems Engineer who will mentor hardware systems engineers, create vision and strategy for integrating new technology domains, and be the technical voice of the program collaborating across several functional teams and customers within Microsoft. This is an excellent opportunity to work on hyperscale challenges and cutting-edge technologies.  

  • Date posted: May 03, 2024
  • Job number: 1716105
  • Work site: Up to 50% work from home
  • Travel: 0-25 %
  • Role type: Individual Contributor
  • Profession: Hardware Engineering
  • Discipline: Hardware Engineering
  • Employment type: Full-Time


12+ years of relevant experience in system (compute, storage, networking, and/or accelerator) level design and/or implementation across the hardware development lifecycle.  
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 ARM/x86 based SoC architecture and platform development.

Experience in Post Silicon validation, Platform bring up, System Integration and functional validation.

Experience in design and development of high-speed interface such as DDR and/or PCIe.

In-depth experience in platform HW, FW and OS capabilities and implementations.

Experience in Server platform HW designs or Server platform validation.

Experience in platform level test architecture and usage of debug tools like (ITP, Arium, ARM JTAG tools or equivalent).

Experienced in debugging complex system level issues and ability to root-cause/identifying potential fixes.

Strong verbal and written communication and presentation skills. 


Collaborate with architecture, silicon engineering, firmware, hardware design, hardware validation, OS (operating systems), manufacturing, and customer teams to build state-of-the-art AI, 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.

Benefits/perks listed below may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work.

  • Industry leading healthcare
  • Educational resources
  • Discounts on products and services
  • Savings and investments
  • Maternity and paternity leave
  • Generous time away
  • Giving programs
  • Opportunities to network and connect

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, immigration status, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran or military status, race, ethnicity, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable local laws, regulations and ordinances. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application process, read more about requesting accommodations.


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