Linux Kernel Developer (Santa Clara or Remote)

Qualcomm Remote
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November 23, 2022
Austin, Texas

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Job Area

Engineering Group, Engineering Group > Software Engineering

General Summary

As a Linux Kernel Developer, you are responsible for working within a distributed team of fellow engineers that are developing upstream first Linux kernel software for a future server class platform. You will collaborate both internally, and externally with upstream communities (including the Linux and commercial Operating System ecosystems), as well as with appropriate standards bodies. You will have an opportunity to engage broadly with our customers and third parties on enablement of new platforms, and optimizations in our microarchitecture.

Role And Responsibilities
  • Assist in the definition of future server class SoCs and platforms
  • Lead the creation of optimizations and drivers for server class platforms, focused on ensuring that existing Operating Systems run well, while identifying strong opportunity for enhancements that can improve performance on our hardware
  • Collaborating with the performance team to understand areas of hw optimization

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Information Systems, Computer Science, or related field and 6+ years of Software Engineering or related work experience.


Master's degree in Engineering, Information Systems, Computer Science, or related field and 5+ years of Software Engineering or related work experience.


PhD in Engineering, Information Systems, Computer Science, or related field and 4+ years of Software Engineering or related work experience.
  • 3+ years of experience with Programming Language such as C, C++, Java, Python, etc.

Required Experience
  • Strong and broad Linux kernel development experience
  • Experience in a pre-silicon environment
  • Development experience with servers, ARM and x86.

Preferred Qualifications
  • 5+ years experience in Linux kernel development and building software stacks for server class platforms
  • Strong grasp of Computer Architecture concepts, including high performance server class architectures, weak memory models, and server platforms
  • Self-starter who takes initiative and engages well with upstream communities
  • Proficient in C, assembly language, and build systems
  • Good understanding of distributed revision control systems
  • Experience in working upstream first with the Linux kernel community
  • Experience in maintaining server class platform support upstream
  • Strong grasp of Computer Architecture concepts leveraged by modern high performance server-class platforms, knowledge of performance tradeoffs
  • Deep expertise in UEFI, ACPI, PCIe, and other related server specs

Qualcomm is committed to hiring and supporting individuals with disabilities. Although this role has some expected physical activity, an inability to perform one or more of the listed physical requirements should not deter otherwise qualified applicants from applying. We will work with you throughout the application and onboarding process to provide reasonable accommodations. Examples of expected physical activity include: frequently transporting between offices, buildings, and campuses up to � mile; frequently transporting and installing equipment up to 5 lbs; performing tasks at various heights (e.g., standing or sitting); monitoring and utilizing computers and test equipment for more than 6 hours a day; and continuous communication which includes the comprehension of information with colleagues, customers, and vendors both in person and remotely.

Although this role has some expected minor physical activity, this should not deter otherwise qualified applicants from applying. If you are an individual with a physical or mental disability and need an accommodation during the application/hiring process, please call Qualcomm s toll-free number found here for assistance. Qualcomm will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, to support individuals with disabilities as part of our ongoing efforts to create an accessible workplace.

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