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  • Posted: Mar 16, 2023
    Deadline: Not specified
  • Canonical is a unique tech company - global, remote-first, open source, with 700 professionals across 50 countries - we want to be the world's best, not biggest, global software company.
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    Senior Bootloader & System Engineer - Ubuntu Linux

    About The Job

    Job Summary
    We are seeking an experienced software engineer passionate about Linux systems, hardware architectures, Ubuntu, and the open source community, to join the Ubuntu Foundations Engineering team to maintain and enhance Ubuntu bootloader stack to provide fast, reliable and secure Ubuntu systems on all devices and in the cloud.

    • The boot process is one of the most critical aspects of any operating system where stability, reliability and security are paramount. 
    • Its efficiency and quality contribute to Ubuntu's success from Desktop, Server to the Cloud. 
    • We are expanding our Foundations team to focus our efforts on this essential function and are looking for people passionate about lower level technologies from the hardware, to the firmware, and Linux itself, involved in an operating system startup. 
    • Applicants should be comfortable working with Secure Boot, Measured Boot, Full Disk Encryption and other technologies used during modern operating systems boot process.
    • This is highly technical work, and we are looking for a colleague with a very careful and systematic approach to their software. 
    • This work is critical to system security and reliability.
      • As a Linux System Engineer, you will work on the architecture, design and development of core components involved in the boot and startup of the Ubuntu Distribution, often interacting with the upstream community for projects like Grub, shim and u-boot. 
      • You will be discussing design with other team members and mentor less senior engineers and participate in code reviews and design reviews. 
      • You will also be working with other teams to ensure architecture decisions improve the overall performance and experience of Ubuntu.

    What you'll do:

    • Collaborate proactively with a distributed team
    • Work with highly technical team to define and shape the boot architecture of Ubuntu
    • Work with teams focused on Ubuntu for server, desktop, IoT and clouds
    • Write high quality code to create new features and contribute upstream
    • Contribute to feature and bug fixes in projects including Grub, shim, u-boot and associated tools.
    • Debug issues and produce high quality fixes
    • Review code produced by other engineers
    • Discuss ideas and collaborate on finding good solutions
    • Work from home with global travel 2 to 4 weeks a year for internal and external events

    Valued Skills, Approach And Experience:

    • Development experience with early boot software like TF-A, OP-TEE, U-Boot, shim, GRUB, or the Linux kernel.
    • Experience on non x86 platforms such as ARM, RISC-V
    • A love of technology and working with brilliant people
    • Motivated, curious, flexible, articulate, and accountable
    • A long-time Linux user with broad interests in the future of Linux
    • Experience or interest in learning how to package software for Debian and Ubuntu
    • You have a Bachelor's or equivalent in Computer Science, STEM or similar degree
    • Enterprising, thoughtful, and self-motivated

    What Canonical offers:

    • Personal learning and development budget
    • Annual compensation review
    • Recognition rewards
    • Annual leave
    • Priority Pass for travel

    Method of Application

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