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Linux Device Driver Engineer

Cambridge, Great Britain & Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Dec 3, 2020


Job Description


Linux Device Driver Engineer 


We are looking for high calibre accomplished software engineers to work on the design and implementation of Linux network device drivers for our next generation of 100G and SmartNIC adapters.


This role is for an experienced senior engineer with proven experience of writing and maintaining high performance drivers for the Linux kernel. You will work to submit the driver changes to the upstream Linux kernel and work with Tier 1 Linux distributors to include the latest changes.


To be successful you will have the ability to quickly understand a complex hardware and software architecture. You will be able to tackle intricate system level problems (both functional and performance related), demonstrating knowledge of relevant Linux debug techniques and tools. Working with the support team you will be asked to provide expert insight into problems that customers are experiencing.


We are looking for device driver engineers with a very strong academic background in a numerical subject (e.g. maths, physics, computer science) or of similar calibre.




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  • PhD, MSc in computer science or a related discipline.
  • 5+ years software experience (or equivalent) ideally working at silicon or networking companies plus repeated evidence of technical leadership in the successful delivery of complex and challenging software products
  • Proven commercial experience developing in C
  • Direct experience with Linux kernel and virtualization development
  • An expert level working knowledge of Linux systems
  • Proven experience writing device drivers for the Linux kernel
  • Experience in debugging functional and performance issues
  • Hardware/software co-design and understanding  of server system architectures (e.g. PCI-express)
  • Hardware & Peripheral Configuration, User-space applications, Bootloaders, Uboot
  • Knowledge of Ethernet, TCP/IP, SDN and Filesystems.
  • Knowledge of git and mercurial and some experience of working with the open source / Linux Kernel Community – submitting patches to the Linux Kernel Mailing List / equivalent would be an advantage



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