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Microsoft Corporation Principal Hardware Architect in Boston, Massachusetts

The Azure Hardware Architecture team is seeking an experienced Principal Hardware Architect to lead the design, development and deployment of our next generation AI hardware and systems in large-scale datacenters. Our team operates at the intersection of AI algorithmic innovation, purpose-built AI hardware and systems, and software. We are a cross-discipline team of highly capable and motivated people with a collaborative and inclusive culture.

Responsibilities for this role include leading AI hardware architectural and microarchitectural pathfinding and requirements gathering with customers and users, architecting and designing novel processors, system-on-chips, accelerators, and datacenter systems.



  • Be the trusted partner and technical leader in the areas of computer architecture, machine learning/AI accelerators, large-scale systems for AI, datacenters, and other related areas.

  • Collaborate closely with other key software and hardware architects on architectural pathfinding, definition of system/hardware architectural specifications, and developing and overseeing the successful execution of multi-year roadmaps and engineering programs.

  • Initiate, scope and undertake projects with multiple external partners and stakeholders.

  • Drive principled, major technical decisions.

  • Create and maintain best practices for high quality product engineering, development best practices and conduct architectural reviews.

  • Possess keen awareness and ability to stay abreast of upcoming technical trends and internal roadmaps, including monitoring of latest AI research trends.


Required Qualifications:

  • BS or higher preferrably in computer engineering, computer science, or equivalent work experience in lieu of degree

  • 10+ years of experience in relevant engineering development and/or research.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 15+ years of experience in relevant engineering development and/or research.

  • Proven track record in deploying technically innovative and working hardware designs with excellent attention to detail.

  • Ability to understand and solve problems leveraging cross-stack optimizations spanning algorithms to silicon.

  • Demonstrated fundamentals in ASIC and FPGA design and implementation (e.g., microarchitecture, design verification, physical design, etc).

  • Ability to collaborate effectively in a large organization spanning multiple teams of hardware, software, and systems engineers and stakeholders.

  • Strong communication skills and the desire to collaborate, motivate, and lead a team of highly capable engineers.

  • Self-directed, ability to work with minimal supervision.

  • Strong communication skills and the desire to collaborate in a team of engineers.

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 ( .

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