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Linux Kernel Engineer

Home based - Americas, EMEA

Canonical is looking for an energetic kernel engineer with at least 2 years of Linux kernel development experience, who is motivated to develop in multiple areas including security mitigation, feature development, patching and test. This person must also be motivated to work in a distributed team and willing to travel globally up to 4 times/yr for engineering events. 

As an Ubuntu Kernel Engineer, your primary responsibility will be working with other kernel engineers in our Stable Release Update (SRU) process, which includes but is not limited to kernel troubleshooting, patching/backporting, building/testing/releasing new kernels and contributing to kernel livepatch development. Our entire kernel team is dedicated to delivering high-quality kernel products and you will be expected to quickly become an integral contributor toward delivering those kernels to the Ubuntu project, which is aimed at reducing barriers to innovation globally by providing free access to a well-built, well-tested open technology platform.

This role is an opportunity for a technologist with a passion for Linux and open source to build a career with Canonical and drive success for our customers, community and the company. If you have an affinity for open source development, great communication skills, and a passion for troubleshooting and fixing issues in technology used by millions across the world, then you will enjoy working with some of the best people in the industry at Canonical. This is an exciting time at Canonical, with Ubuntu as the #1 client operating system used in public clouds.

Key responsibilities

  • Collaborating regularly and proactively with a globally distributed and diverse team 
  • Maintaining Ubuntu kernel source repositories
  • Submitting kernel patches to the public Ubuntu mailing list and to the upstream Linux kernel mailing list.
  • Reviewing and applying kernel patches
  • Processing kernel CVE’s
  • Addressing kernel bugs and regressions
  • Performing backports for feature enablement and support
  • Development of tooling, automation and testing for the kernels
  • Delivering against new hardware enablement requests
  • Coordinating kernel testing within the community and internal testing teams
  • Development, maintenance, and quality of Ubuntu kernels
  • Build and test automation to ensure delivery of quality kernels to all our users
  • Performance analysis and optimization
  • Improve engineering standards, tooling, and processes
  • Write high-quality, maintainable software in modern C and Python

Required skills and experience

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, a related technical field, or equivalent practical experience in software development.
  • Proficient in the C programming language.
  • Proficient skills/experience with git
  • Well-organized, self-starting and able to deliver to fixed schedules
  • Ability to function and communicate effectively as part of a globally distributed team 
  • Demonstrated ability to present oneself in a professional manner when interacting with colleagues, business partners, and the open source community
  • Broad knowledge of the Linux kernel and kernel subsystems
  • Have installed, and administered Ubuntu.
  • Tenacity and the ability to balance competing priorities across multiple cross-functional stakeholders and programs
  • Orientation towards long-term impact as the yardstick for prioritization, but able to strike the right balance between short term goals and longer-term vision
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • You have a passion for rigorous testing to ensure delivery of quality products to the Ubuntu community and Canonical customers.

Canonical believes a diverse workforce enhances our ability to deliver world class software and services which meet the world’s computing needs. We are committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

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