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Microsoft Corporation Linux Software Engineer II, Azure in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Microsoft is on a mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more and the Microsoft Azure team is looking for an experienced Linux Software Engineer II to help make Azure the best place to run Linux workloads in the cloud.

As a Linux Software Engineer II on the Azure Core team you will improve the Linux experience on Azure by developing and operating new Linux focused services at scale, improve the performance and reliability of existing cloud infrastructure, and work with internal and external partners to create a seamless Linux experience.

As a DevOps team supporting production cloud services, you will primarily be responsible for enabling Linux to run well on Azure and giving customers the ability to debug and troubleshoot their instances via the serial console service but you will also be joining a larger community of like-minded Linux engineers inside Microsoft.

Microsoft Loves Linux and Open Source, come join us if you do too.

Locations: Redmond,WA or US Pacific Timezone preferred.

San Jose, San Francisco, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Los Angeles, CA.

Austin, Dallas, TX.

Charlotte, NC. Atlanta, GA. Chicago, IL. Boston, MA. New York, NY.

Remote(Other), US.


  • Experience developing cloud-scale web frontends using javascript and node.js

  • Work with external Linux distribution partner engineering teams to enable and improve provisioning, booting, and VM creation for any Linux on Azure

  • Work across internal engineering teams (Kubernetes, Operating Systems/kernel, Open Source, etc.)

  • Improve the reliability and performance of Linux on Azure

  • Monitor and manage critical Linux related infrastructure services

  • Work across service teams to enable Linux across Azure

  • Troubleshoot Linux issues to root cause and fix infrastructure and boot issues (provisioning agents, cloud-init, kernel, initrd, drivers, IMDS, etc.)



  • 4+ years experience programming in javascript, node.js, C, python, .NET (on Linux), and/or Go and using Rest APIs

  • 2+ years DevOps experience running on internet / highly scalable and reliable services / micro-services

  • 2+ years experience doing production code reviews using source code control for cloud services

  • Experience using multiple/different distributed build environments in Windows and Linux

  • Hands on experience with multiple distributions (DEB and RPM based), package managers, and command line interfaces (bash) and tools (e.g. cloud platform CLIs)

  • Deep understanding of the end-to-end boot process in the cloud from VM creation, kernel, drivers, initrd, cloud-init, init, systemd, provisioning, and monitoring agents

  • Experience using Linux performance (CPU, disk, memory, etc), debugging, and troubleshooting commands

  • Experience toubleshooting boot and network and services (ssh) via serial console and local and remote logging services


  • Portfolio of public open source contributions (github, launchpad, etc.)

  • Open Source community member and contributor

  • BS or MS degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or equivalent industry experience

  • Experience with Kubernetes (K8s), containers, and docker

  • Other programming languages a plus (Rust, Java, C++/C#)

  • DevSecOps Software Engineer for major cloud provider (AWS, GCP, Azure)

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.

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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