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Embedded software engineers – multiple roles


This is a Full-time position in Ottawa, ON posted February 13, 2020.

Ciena may well be the most important technology company you’ve never heard of.

The innovations that wow us (driverless cars), and those we now take for granted (the ability to mobile-stream your favorite show) are the products of ingenuity from some brilliant and forward-thinking companies.

But those companies rely on Ciena, another vanguard of innovation, to create and advance the underlying networks that bring their breakthroughs to our doorsteps.

VR, AI, IOT, 5G … literally none of it would be possible without the mind-boggling technology that makes the internet itself work.

For more than 25 years, Ciena has been the global leader in networking strategy, and our technology has been part of the critical infrastructure running within the most advanced companies in the world.

Role overview – overview of the focal points of this roleWe’re looking for highly motivated and talented engineers who are passionate about velocity and automation.

You will be responsible for developing the next generation of Packet Networking software solutions supporting Software Defined Networking (SDN), Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and embedded applications for Layer 2/3 data networking on a wide range of host platforms.

You will be working on a micro-services software architecture employing docker containers and virtualization technologies to offer disaggregated solutions to leading global service providers.NOTE: Multiple roles and multiple levels available.Design and implement embedded software (written in C and running over Linux) to configure HW components and manage HW resources, in support of data plane / forwarding plane functionality including IP/MPLS, L3VPN, EVPN and L2 Ethernet applicationsProvide basic project management for own work or that of a small team, including effort estimation, project tracking, and status reporting Participate in various phases of product development cycle – product definition, design, planning, implementation and testReview product requirements and customer use casesPrototype and evaluate alternative solutions on target hardware and virtual platformsDeliver detailed functional specification and technical design documents for embedded software architectures and componentsSupport developed features through product verification and customer introduction, providing training to field support personnelWhy is this role important within Ciena?

What impact can you expect to have?Contributing new features to Ciena’s SAOS network operating system, enabling new customers and marketsEnhancing SAOS support for new platforms in the Ciena 3000/5000 family, plus 3rd party “white box” platformsAccelerating time to market for Packet Software products and featuresContributing new features to Ciena’s SAOS network operating system, enabling new customers and marketsEnhancing SAOS support for new platforms in the Ciena 3000/5000 family, plus 3rd party “white box” platformsAccelerating time to market for Packet Software products and featuresWhat type of work environment will you be working in?

Who are the key teams with whom you will interact?Kernel, Data plane and Control plane software engineers from other Ciena teams/sitesProduct Line Management & Architecture teamsAgile Scrum Masters, Product Owners and project/release managersHardware/FPGA engineersSystem Integration/Test teamsExternal hardware and software component suppliersCustomer support teamsWhat technical experience and/or professional and personal skills are required for this role?Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or foreign equivalent5-10 years experience (depending on level) in an embedded software development role, preferably in a data networking or telecommunications environmentProficiency in multi-threaded C/C++ programming in a Linux-like operating systemFeature specification, design and implementation of data plane architecture in a commercial networking productFamiliarity with L2/L3 forwarding plane such as switching/routing, QoS (shaping, scheduling, metering), link aggregation, protection schemes, Ethernet OAM, IP/MPLSExcellent inter-personal, written and verbal communication skillsExposure to Broadcom Ethernet Switching chipsets is highly desiredDesign experience with L3VPN, EVPN, Segment Routing, IPv6 or PIM is an assetUse of tools such as JIRA, GIT, Yocto, Python, debuggers, traffic generators and infrastructure/APIs such as docker, gRPC telemetry, Netconf/Yang, REST*LI-CNRewarding experience.

Meaningful outcomes.Making a difference in people’s lives through design and implementation of leading network technologies.

That’s what motivates us.A distinct way to workFree thinking, free discussion, and collaboration are the norm.

Expect more satisfying outcomes both personal and professional.Ciena values the diversity of our workforce and respects its employees as individuals, regardless of race, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, gender or age.Ciena is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments.

If contacted in relation to a job opportunity, you should advise Ciena in a timely fashion of the specific needs / accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner.

Information received relating to any specific needs / accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.What you can expect from usYou will receive notification of your successful applicationSuccessful applicants will be contacted by Talent Acquisition for an initial discussionIf suitable you will be considered for the short list and our formal interview process