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Software Engineer II



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Software Engineering
Redmond, WA, USA
Posted on Monday, February 12, 2024
Storage is experiencing incredible innovations right now. The innovations of storage technologies and cloud connected devices are having a profound effect on every area of Microsoft’s business. Storage devices are getting larger in capacity, faster in performance and intelligence at an astounding rate; our customers are expecting seamless experiences across devices and across local and cloud boundaries. Come and join the team that builds the platform and end user experiences for storage across Windows devices and the Cloud.

We deliver storage solution for Windows, Azure, IoT and new devices that Microsoft and our industry partners ship in the future. This area involves tough challenges and provides tremendous upside opportunities including leveraging the reduced size, portability and increased functionality of new storage devices, improved software platform infrastructure, emerging protocol standards, seamless integration of local and cloud storage and development of solutions to new content usage paradigms.

In Core OS (Operating System), we are responsible for the Operating Systems that power Azure, Microsoft's Linux Operating System (OS), the platforms for Windows Client and Xbox, and our Windows Server ecosystem – through all of these, we support every one of our cloud businesses and billions of customers around the world. In this era of ubiquitous computing, systems software excellence has never been more important for Microsoft. High quality, high-efficiency operating systems and platform components underpin everything we do as a company, from making our systems more reliable for our customers, to increasing our competitiveness by reducing Cost of Goods Sold (COGS), to delivering new features and capabilities to delight customers – that’s all us!

Our team is expanding our focus on Linux and cloud-native storage solutions. We are looking for a Software Engineer II with experience in these areas, and particularly in providing persistent storage solutions to workloads running on Kubernetes.

Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. As employees we come together with a growth mindset, innovate to empower others, and collaborate to realize our shared goals. Each day we build on our values of respect, integrity, and accountability to create a culture of inclusion where everyone can thrive at work and beyond.


In this role, you will be responsible for developing and maintaining storage and file system virtualization components across client, server, and cloud systems, on both Windows and Linux operating systems. You will conceive, design, and implement storage virtualization features in tandem with partners inside and outside of Microsoft to address the business needs of our customers. Other responsibilities will include:

  • Performance analysis of designs and implementations, taking into consideration the rapid advancements in storage technologies.
  • Ownership of the software engineering process from design, development, code review, validation, delivery, and maintenance.
  • Working as a team member, authoring documentation and tools that improve the team’s ability to develop and maintain software, participating in design discussions and code review outside of your immediate scope, and assisting less experienced team members in their personal growth.
  • Building an understanding of the wider storage ecosystem, and bringing that understanding to the table as new features are considered.
  • Foster an inclusive and collaborative team culture.


  • Embody our Culture and Values


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or related technical field AND 2+ years technical engineering experience with coding in languages including, but not limited to, C, C++, C#, Java, JavaScript, or Python
    • OR equivalent experience.
  • 2 Years of experience with storage in Kubernetes.
Other Requirements

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.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with kernel and device driver development in Linux or Windows.
  • Experience with Rust.
  • Experience in analyzing storage performance and functionality in storage subsystems.
  • Familiarity with current and emerging storage technologies.
  • Familiarity with storage virtualization concepts like Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID), caching, tiering and thin provisioning.

Software Engineering IC3 - The typical base pay range for this role across the U.S. is USD $94,300 - $182,600 per year. There is a different range applicable to specific work locations, within the San Francisco Bay area and New York City metropolitan area, and the base pay range for this role in those locations is USD $120,900 - $198,600 per year.

Certain roles may be eligible for benefits and other compensation. Find additional benefits and pay information here:

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