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Microsoft Corporation Principal Firmware Development Engineer in Cambridge, Massachusetts

This is a technical leadership position in Azure Hardware Architecture (AHA), which is part of the Azure Hardware System and Infrastructure (AHSI) organization. The mission of AHSI is to power the world’s computer with the most advanced hardware systems and infrastructure.


This role is for a highly motivated Principal Firmware Engineer with a strong background in bootloader development, firmware development, driver development and silicon power-on. You will be involved with all phases of product development, from silicon design through firmware architecture and design, manufacturing and productization. At the design phase, you will lead the firmware architecture and design for accelerator chips and be part of the team responsible for firmware development, including driver interface, power-on, initialization, protocol, and feature development of low-level hardware.

The candidate should have strong coding skills, debugging and troubleshooting abilities, with experience in bootloader and Windows/Linux driver development. The successful candidate should have experience with some or all the following: firmware development, driver development, bootloaders, CPU initialization, board support package development, peripherals such as PCIe, I2C, SPI, USB, UARTs. Understanding of Real-time OS and OS primitives, memory management, scheduling, interrupts, threading.


  • 8+ years of professional experience designing, developing software solutions.

  • Proven and demonstrable skill in C, C++.

  • Experience with GIT

  • Experienced with microcontroller RTOS porting

  • Experience with Windows/Linux driver development

  • Familiar with PCIe, I2C, SPI, USB and UART buses

  • Familiarity with Open Bootloader Environments (U-Boot, UEFI etc.)

  • Ability to debug and resolve issues spanning multiple subsystems

  • Strong problem solving, debugging, and troubleshooting skills, advanced design, and development skills

  • BS in Computer Science/Engineering or equivalent industry experience in lieu of a degree

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