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Microsoft Corporation Software Engineer II in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Are you interested in data processing using parallel algorithms in the cloud? Are you passionate about building mission-critical, high-performance, distributed systems? Do you find the current big data systems severely lacking for interactive queries? Do you want to leverage your systems programming skills to advance the state of the art in columnar data storage and query processing techniques while collaborating with a world class research organization (Microsoft Research)? If yes, consider joining our team and help us build the next generation of Azure Synapse SQL - the state-of-the-art scale-out relational data warehouse service in the cloud, with the industry leading Microsoft SQL Server at its core.


As a member of the Azure Synapse SQL storage engine development team, you will be responsible for the design and development of key pieces of our rapidly growing Azure service. Your work will have direct impact on the functionality, security, performance, scalability, manageability and supportability of the Azure Synapse SQL platform. As columnar storage and query processing are core components of SQL Server, improvements in these areas also potentially accrue to the Azure SQL Database and SQL Server offerings, thereby broadening your impact significantly. Are you ready to help shape the future and be part of the Big Data revolution?


  • Strong computer science fundamentals and proven algorithm design capability

  • Experience with server-side development using multi-threading, parallel algorithms, distributed systems

  • Excellent technical communication skills, intense curiosity and willingness to question

  • Passion for understanding customers’ needs and delighting them with technology solutions

  • Hands-on experience with performance profiling, analysis and tuning in distributed environments

  • Demonstrated professional development experience in C/C++/C#.

  • B.S. or M.S. degree in Computer Science or related field, or equivalent industry experience.


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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