Principal Silicon Architect, Microsoft


Principal Silicon Architect, Microsoft (Remote)
Region: US
$174,000 - $283,000 salary
401(k) match
Bonus eligible
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About The Role

Microsoft is a leader in design of world-class devices. Come join the dynamic Microsoft Silicon team.  The team that is responsible for Azure Silicon and is changing the world through innovation. We are a growing team of experienced silicon developers, working in a startup environment.

We are looking for a world-class Principal Silicon Architect to join our team. The successful candidate will be a motivated self-starter who will thrive in this highly technical environment.

Your job responsibility as a Principal Silicon Architect is incubation of new ideas in collaboration with system and software teams, and providing technical leadership throughout all phases of Silicon Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) development.

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 alignment with our Microsoft values, we are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment for all employees to positively impact our culture every day.

Open to up to 100% work from home in the U.S.A. 


Required/Minimum Qualifications: 

  • 9+ years of related technical engineering experience
    • OR Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or related field AND 6+ years technical engineering experience or internship experience
    • OR Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or related field AND 4+ years technical engineering experience or internship experience
    • OR Doctorate degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or related field AND 3+ years technical engineering experience.
  • 9+ years of architecture, design and/or modeling experience.
  • Experience designing and architecting complicated IPs and SoCs.
  • Effective communication skills to influence Azure business and engineering teams.

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.

Additional or Preferred Qualifications:  

  • Deep knowledge in one of the following fields is desired.
    • Memory subsystems and on die fabric (a.k.a NOC)
    • Embedded CPU-core
    • PCIe/CXL
    • Networking IP
  • Direct experience of Machine Learning (ML) SoC is a plus.
  • Direct experience in analyzing ML workload performance is a plus.
  • Clearly demonstrates knowledge and expertise in large matrix multiplication, data formats / numeric representations, parallel computing, etc., as related to machine learning applications is a plus.
  • Experience with developing SoC used in large scale network is a plus.

Silicon Engineering IC5 – The typical base pay range for this role across the U.S. is USD $133,600 – $256,800 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 $173,200 – $282,200 per year.

Certain roles may be eligible for benefits and other compensation.

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