Microsoft Redmond, WA 98052

Principal Software Engineer


Processing big data in real-time is now an operational necessity for many businesses. As the world is becoming more and more connected, the need for real time insights from business data is vital for many use cases, such as real-time fraud detection, fleet management and connected cars, clickstream analysis, real time recommendations, and network/log monitoring. Azure Stream Analytics allows customers to unlock these real-time analytics from their streaming data, enabling such use cases.

Azure Stream Analytics, part of Azure Data, allows customers to effortlessly unlock real-time analytics from their streaming data, from cloud to edge. Our commitment is to make real-time analytics at any scale easier to use and integrate with end-to-end analytics pipelines and allow our customers to focus on their business logic and not on managing the underlying compute infrastructure.

On our team, we strive to build lasting relationships, and we make each other better by supporting, mentoring, and empathizing. We strongly believe that diversity and empathy are key to building great teams and crafting visionary products with global appeal. We value a variety of perspectives and backgrounds and work together to create an inclusive environment that supports this.

We are looking for an experienced engineer and technical leader with strong analytical, design and development skills, technical depth, great curiosity, high enthusiasm, integrity, and results oriented. If you have the desire to work collaboratively while solving tough technical problems across stacks and boundaries and have passion for big data processing, we want to hear from you.


As a Principal Engineer in the Azure Stream Analytics runtime team, you will have the opportunity to work on complex distributed system problems while driving improvements and innovation to the core engine that powers stream processing.

You will drive impactful and complex features from inception to launch through design, implementation, and collaboration.

You will drive improvements to the fundamentals of the platform by diving deep into service scalability, resiliency and reliability problems as well as improving COGS.

As a technical leader you will mentor junior engineers on distributed system architecture, design reviews, code reviews and implementation.


Required Qualifications

  • 8+ years of software design, development and architecture experience
  • 8+ years of building commercial grade, robust and scalable solutions in C#/C++/Java or any other object-oriented programming

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or Engineering or Mathematics or Physics or IT technical discipline or in place of 4+ years of internship or 4+ years of industry engineering experienceExperience with Azure/AWS or other cloud computing platforms is a plus.
  • Strong problem-solving and debugging skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience delivering cloud services on Azure, AWS or GCP
  • Building and shipping robust, highly scalable services and distributed systems
  • Experience working with streaming technologies link Flink, Kafka, Spark is a plus but is not a must.
  • Experience working with Big Data technologies and query language is a plus but is not a must.

Cloud Screening (required for all C+AI Job Descriptions)
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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