Kernel Engineer – Ubuntu Linux

We are seeking candidates of all experience levels from recent University graduates up through seasoned industry experts who are enthusiastic to develop software in multiple areas including security mitigation, feature development, patching and test. This person must have a background in software engineering, be motivated to work in a distributed team and willing to travel globally up to 4 times a year for internal and external engineering events.


What You’ll Do

Collaborate regularly and proactively with a globally distributed team
Work closely with external silicon, cloud, or hardware manufacturer delivery teams on bleeding edge platforms
Diagnose and resolve issues in the kernel reported by customers and the community
Take personal responsibility for the delivery of various flavors of the Ubuntu Linux kernel
Improve tooling and automation for delivery and test of Ubuntu Linux kernels
Submit, review, and apply kernel patches, working with both internal and external upstream maintainers

Who You Are

Well-organized, self-starting and able to deliver to fixed schedules
Demonstrated ability to present oneself in a professional manner when interacting with colleagues, business partners, and the open source community
Ability to communicate effectively in English, both written and oral
Earned a bachelor’s (or equivalent university level) degree, preferably in a technology field
Significant programming experience in C, with Python and Bash scripting also highly regarded
Solid background with git
Broad knowledge of the Linux kernel and kernel subsystems
Demonstrated experience with kernel patching and debugging
Knowledge/experience with Linux kernel upstream processes and release cycle
Strong grasp of device drivers, BSP’s, and other low level system engineering
Prior experience with Ubuntu/Debian/Snap packaging would be highly regarded


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About Canonical

We deliver open source to the world faster, more securely and more cost effectively than any other company. We develop Ubuntu, the world’s most popular enterprise Linux from cloud to edge, together with a passionate global community of 200,000 contributors. Ubuntu means 'humanity to others'​. We chose it because it embodies the generosity at the heart of open source, the new normal for platforms and innovation. Together with a community of 200,000, we publish an operating system that runs from the tiny connected devices up to the world's biggest mainframes, the platform that everybody uses on the public cloud, and the workstation experience of the world's most productive developers. Secure and reliable, elegant and intuitive, and open for innovation - Ubuntu is the future of open source, which is why its the fastest growing Linux in the world despite already being the most widely deployed.