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Sr. Linux Kernel and OS Software Development

Software Engineering
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We are seeking an experienced, talented, and highly motivated software engineer to join our Linux development team. This is an opportunity to work in virtually all subsystems of the Linux kernel and operating system -- the foundation of Akamai’s Intelligent Platform. All of Akamai’s services depend on our software. You will collaborate closely with many internal Akamai teams and with the open source community to improve Linux performance and extend its functionality. You will be tasked with our most challenging problems, diagnosing and troubleshooting complex systems issues, designing and building innovative high quality solutions that are secure, scalable, and reliable.


The opportunity to make a significant impact on Akamai business and on a critically important open source project is precisely what makes the job rewarding. People who do best are the ones who seek challenges, possess a passion for learning, and have demonstrated courage and ability to pose and solve truly difficult problems. The job requires a combination of strong system design, virtuoso programming and debugging skills, an obsession with code quality, and independence.  You must have a passion to get things done quickly and get them done right.



* Extend and customize the Linux kernel and OS for Akamai’s needs

* Make the Linux kernel faster, more scalable, and secure (network, scheduler, mm, fs, etc.)

* Debug complex system problems

* Analyze system performance and suggest improvements

* Add new hardware and technology support to the Linux kernel

* Facilitate adoption of open technologies and processes within Akamai

* Work with the open source community and upstream your work

* Stay current with upstream Linux kernel and OS changes and emerging industry trends

* Participate in occasional conferences and meetups


About the Team

The Linux Engineering team provides the Linux kernel and operating system innovation for the Akamai global distributed network composed of 200,000+ servers, 1000+ networks, and 100+ countries.  The Linux Engineering team is part of the larger Platform Infrastructure Engineering team that develops and supports the Linux kernel, operating system, security, and communications infrastructure common across our distributed network. We are an innovative team that pushes Linux to its limits and beyond.  Akamai is changing the way that people use Internet, and the Linux Engineering team is at the core of pushing the future of our technology platform as well as advancing the power of the Linux - come help us make history!

Required Education and Experience

Applicants must meet one of the following education and experience requirements:

* 5 years of relevant experience and a Bachelor’s degree or

* 3 years of relevant experience and a Master’s degree


Required Skills

* Minimum of 5+ years of C programming experience within the Linux kernel

Minimum of 5+ years of experience with concurrent programming, data structures, algorithms, complexity analysis

* Minimum of 5+ years of experience in Linux kernel debugging and performance analysis

* Minimum of 5+ years of experience working with multiple kernel subsystems (networking, block, mm, fs, scheduler, etc.)

* Minimum of 5+ years of experience with network protocols, including IP, IPv6, TCP, UDP, ICMP

* Minimum of 5+ years of experience in Unix shell scripting, Perl, or Python


Desired Skills

* Expert level understanding of Linux operating system and computer system architectures

* Prior contributions to Open Source projects, especially to the Linux kernel

* Experience with virtualization technologies

About Akamai Technologies

Akamai secures and delivers digital experiences for the world's largest companies. Akamai's intelligent edge platform surrounds everything, from the enterprise to the cloud, so customers and their businesses can be fast, smart, and secure. Top brands globally rely on Akamai to help them realize competitive advantage through agile solutions that extend the power of their multi-cloud architectures. Akamai keeps decisions, apps and experiences closer to users than anyone - and attacks and threats far away. Akamai's portfolio of edge security, web and mobile performance, enterprise access and video delivery solutions is supported by unmatched customer service, analytics and 24/7/365 monitoring. To learn how Akamai is shaping the future of digital transformation, visit and follow @Akamaijobs on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Akamai is a growing, and evolving, company with offices and operations around the world. As such, we strive to foster inclusive and representative workplaces where all employees are wholly welcome, and enabled to share and benefit from each other’s diverse contributions, as one global team. Our commitment to diversity reaches beyond our corporate offices, to our business partners and suppliers who share the same principles, and whose employees we value as integral to the Akamai business family. Learn more at

Akamai Technologies is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. If you'd like more information about EEO rights under United States law, please click here

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