Principal Electrical Engineer

Redmond, WA, United States

The Quantum hardware team is developing a full-stack quantum computer, consisting of a quantum plane, cryogenic control and readout circuitry, classical control processor, runtime software and quantum language compiler.


We are seeking a Principal Electrical Engineer to help drive the development of this next-generation computing system.


Qualified candidates will possess a MS or PhD in Electrical Engineering, and 12 years of relevant job experience, including at least 3 years at a lead or senior level.


We are seeking individuals capable of driving all aspects of product design and development, including development of specification documents, verification and validation plans, part and vendor selection, prototype and engineering development, laboratory test and product deployment.


Candidates will be comfortable operating in a fast moving, interdisciplinary, flat organization pushing the limits of physics and engineering. Candidates must handle rapid change and ambiguity.


  • Package routing of multi-chip modules
  • Define test and characterization plan of DRAM devices for our unique operating environments
  • Subsystem design, analysis, schematic capture, circuit board layout, prototyping, bring-up and debugging, hardware bug tracking, functional verification and signal characterization, and test
  • We seek a team player who works well with both technical and non-technical resources, mentors team members, builds enthusiasm for change and assists others to adapt to change; focuses on delivering services despite challenges, works co-operatively with others to achieve the best outcomes, and achieves outcomes using good judgement and quick decisions that lead to business success
  • We have operations and vendors on 4 continents, some travel required


Candidate will possess excellent written and interpersonal communication, negotiation, and organization skills that show leadership by example and demonstrate consistent exercise of independent judgment, support for different points of view and respectful treatment of differences, communications tailored to the needs of the team, personal accountability for mistakes, and the pursuit of continuous improvement.


Experience with most of the following:

  • Signal routing/optimization
  • Extensive experience testing/characterizing DRAM devices and design for high speed DRAM channels
  • Circuit simulation across parametric variation and temperature domains
  • Printed Circuit Board design, layout, and analysis
  • Experience conducting design reviews
  • Prototyping and laboratory testing
  • Experience with designing and implementing of analog, digital or mixed-signal circuit boards from concept through production using operational amplifiers, filters, and transistors, ADC, DAC, power supply components, multi-GHz Serdes, DRAM interfaces, I2C, Ethernet, SPI, FPGAs, ASICs, and processors

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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