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Principal Linux Engineer, Software Development

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Location: IL, United States 
Req ID: JR-0000041162


Western Digital

We deliver the possibilities of data.  YOU define what’s possible.

Seeking a passionate, product-focused Principal Linux Software Engineer who thrives on delivering exceptional results.



  • Playing a central role in delivering network storage products and services for the Client solutions group.
  • Developing new features from conception through release while ensuring that Western Digital customers continue to have an exceptional experience.
  • Designing solutions for high performance & fault-tolerant network storage products
  • Participating in the design, development, testing and deployment of high performance, high quality, secure and fault-tolerant software running on network storage devices
  • Working in a highly cross-functional capacity, partnering with product management, QA, support, and service delivery professionals.
  • 10+ years of relevant experience and a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent OR 7+ years of relevant experience and a Master’s degree
  • Strong experience with design and development of mission critical, high-performance Linux-based storage systems.
  • Proven ability to make solid, independent technical decisions for high performance, low resource server software.
  • Core knowledge in Linux Kernel and Linux-based OSes like Debian
  • Expertise in RAID - software RAID (MD/BTRFS/ZFS) & file-systems like EXT4, BTRFS, NTFS, HFS.
  • Experience in architecting products with Linux & Open Source Software Integration. Strong emphasis on loosely coupled & component-driven architecture.
  • Expertise with arm & x86 hardware architectures and designing embedded systems with HDDs and SSDs.
  • Experience in Docker framework internals & Linux Containers
  • Expertise in understanding protocols like SMB, AFP, NFS, iSCSI, HTTP, USB, Thunderbolt, TCP, UDP
  • Designing Analytics
  • Excellent Linux diagnostic and troubleshooting skills.
  • Programming languages: C++, PHP, Javascript, Golang, Python, Bash
  • Cloud experience is a plus
  • Agile software development using SCRUM or Kanban is a plus
  • Strong troubleshooting skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Self-starter and independent worker
  • Ability to be a team player

Western Digital Corporation is the world’s largest data storage company with a leading portfolio of HGST, SanDisk, G-Technology and WD brands covering flash and disk-based solutions.  Deployed by the largest and most prominent organizations worldwide, Western Digital solutions are everywhere, touching lives and enabling great value from the data they possess. 


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