Senior Software Engineer - OpenOnload
Cambridge, Great Britain & Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
4h ago


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We are looking for high calibre software engineer to join our expanding Cambridge team to work on Xilinx’s ultra high-performance network acceleration OpenOnload technology.

OpenOnload provides breakthrough performance improvements to applications, including high speed financial exchanges and hyperscale applications.

The technology behind OpenOnload involves working with low level software, kernel and operating system design, hardware design, an understanding of leading-edge CPU design and optimization.

To be successful you will have the ability to quickly understand a complex hardware and software architecture. Ideally you will have experience of software at the hardware / software interface involving networking in some capacity, programming in C, ideally on Linux kernel components.

The role may involve working with Xilinx’s top tier financial, enterprise and cloud customer base, hardware vendors and also with linux community projects.

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


Design, develop, troubleshoot and debug software, owning full software lifecycle. The following are an indicative list of job responsibilities.

  • Design and develop complex system level software involving networking, hardware, operating system / kernel and applications design.
  • Contribute to test, quality, performance benchmarking and optimization initiatives.
  • Work on Xilinx customer engagements, hardware vendors and also with linux community projects.
  • Be an active participant in team processes, continuous improvement and architecture reviews
  • Qualifications

    The Senior Software Engineer should have the following qualifications in order to be considered for the position.

  • 8+ years software experience (or equivalent) working at silicon, networking companies or roles in low level operating systems / micro kernels.
  • Evidence of technical leadership in the successful delivery of complex and challenging software products.
  • Proven commercial experience developing in C
  • Linux kernel and device drivers
  • Good knowledge of Ethernet, TCP / IP and the sockets interface / POSIX
  • Experience in debugging functional and performance issues
  • Desired knowledge of SDN, NFV, overlay networking, Operating system architecture, virtualisation technologies
  • Desired knowledge of concurrency, application optimization and tuning
  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills to resolve complex problems
  • Strong communication skills
  • Educational Qualifications :

  • PhD / MSc / BSc in Computer Science or related discipline.
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