PC Platforms Kernel Engineer - Ubuntu Linux

Job updated about 1 month ago

Job Description

Are you fascinated by the chance to make a real impact on millions of Ubuntu users? We are looking for a passionate Linux kernel engineer to join our team and help us bring Ubuntu to the next generation of hardware. In this role, you will be responsible for developing and maintaining high-quality kernel support for a wide range of hardware devices. You will also work with upstream developers and driver vendors to integrate the latest hardware support into Ubuntu.

This role presents an exciting opportunity for an engineer to leverage their software engineering skills on cutting-edge hardware. We collaborate with world-leading OEM partners to deliver Ubuntu on their next generation of laptops, desktops, and workstations. You will tackle complex issues spanning a wide range of consumer components, from Wi-Fi and Thunderbolt docks to BIOS and UEFI. Additionally, you will face challenges in achieving optimal power efficiency and performance.

You will have the chance to explore the latest architecture and platform technologies from Intel, AMD and other silicon vendors, enabling them in Ubuntu and ultimately delivering them to the world. As part of this position, you will be expected to closely collaborate with upstream kernel maintainers and hardware vendors in analysing root causes, developing fixes, and submitting patches for review.

What your day will look like

  • Collaborate regularly and proactively with a globally distributed team
  • Work closely with external silicon and hardware manufacturer delivery teams on bleeding edge Desktop, Laptop, and Server platforms
  • Diagnose and resolve issues in the kernel reported by QA, customers and the community
  • Enable new Linux kernel features as requested by customers
  • Submit, review, and apply kernel patches, working with both internal and external upstream maintainers


What we are looking for in you

  • Well-organised, 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
  • Significant programming experience in C, with Python and Bash scripting also highly regarded
  • Solid background with git
  • 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
  • Knowledge of ACPI and UEFI is desirable
  • Willing to travel globally up to 4 times a year for internal and external engineering events.

    What we offer you

    Your base pay will depend on various factors including your geographical location, level of experience, knowledge and skills. In addition to the benefits below, certain roles are also eligible for additional benefits and rewards including annual bonuses and sales incentives based on revenue or utilization. Canonical’s compensation philosophy is to ensure equity right across our global workforce.

    In addition to a competitive base pay, we provide all team members with additional benefits, which reflect our values and ideals.

    📚 Personal learning and development budget of 2,000USD per annum

    💰 Annual compensation review

    🏆 Recognition rewards

    🏝 Annual holiday leave

    👶 Parental Leave

    🧑‍💼 Employee Assistance Programme

    🧳 Opportunity to travel to new locations to meet colleagues at ‘sprints’

    ✈️ Priority Pass for travel and travel upgrades for long haul company events

    All permanent employees based in Taiwan are entitled to participate in labor insurance and national health insurance in accordance with the relevant laws in Taiwan. Meanwhile, all employees will be eligible for the enhanced benefits from the commencement of their employment.

    • Term Life
    • Accidental Death & Dismemberment
    • Accidental Medical Reimbursement
    • Hospital & Surgical (including spouse&child)
    • Annual Health Check

    Canonical is an equal opportunity employer

    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, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

    No requirement for relevant working experience
    1,200,000 ~ 2,500,000 TWD / year
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    Canonical is a growing, international software company that works with the open-source community to deliver Ubuntu -- the world’s #1 cloud operating system. Our mission is to realize the potential of free software in the lives of individuals and organisations. Our services are helping businesses worldwide to reduce costs, improve efficiency and enhance security with Ubuntu.


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