[Vacancy]: HPC Software Engineer Needed at Canonical

March 14, 2024

Job Description


  • HPC is an important and technically challenging computing domain, with specialized tooling and a very high expectation of precision, efficiency, and automation. This role is for a software engineer to join our HPC team to deliver an outstanding HPC experience – from bare metal to public cloud – as part of the broader Ubuntu platform.
  • We are looking for a range of skills and experience and will work on everything from the kernel to Debian packaging, but the heart of our effort will be Python software development for automation of key software in the HPC sphere. Our focus is on delivering a world-class experience for the operation of the HPC cluster itself.
  • You will be part of the team that delivers charms that deploy and manage the HPC cluster and provide HPC software packages.
  • To succeed in this application you must be outstanding at maths and sciences, have built high-quality software, have learned about open source ideally by working on it directly, and be looking for an engineering role with a company that makes mission-critical products for the global market.
  • You should also be familiar with the open-source environment and want to build products in partnership with a community. Ideally, you should have some experience in high-performance computing environments and a desire to unlock HPC for the world.
  • For this role, you must have experience with Python. Experience in HPC environments is a strong advantage.
  • Familiarity with HPC hardware and software is also a strong advantage – delivering great experiences with Infiniband, RDMA, CUDA, MPI, Slurm, Lustre, Singularity, and related technologies will be central to this team’s work.
  • It will also be advantageous to have experience with Docker image design and operations, and public cloud image design and operations.
  • Location: This role will be based remotely in EMEA or the Americas regions


  • Write high-quality, rigorously designed Python software
  • Collaborate proactively with a globally distributed team
  • Debug issues and produce high-quality code to fix them
  • Contribute to technical documentation that defines best practices for authoring high-quality operators
  • Discuss ideas and collaborate on finding good solutions


  • You have a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Computer Science, STEM, or a similar Degree
  • You have experience with writing modern, maintainable Python
  • You love technology and working with brilliant people
  • You are curious, flexible, articulate, and accountable
  • You value soft skills and are passionate, enterprising, thoughtful, and self-motivated
  • You have interest and experience with two or more of the following: Linux, Kubernetes, Public cloud, OpenStack, LXC/LXD, Python, Go, Debian packaging
  •  An exceptional academic track record from both high school and preferably university
  •  Willingness to travel up to 4 times a year for internal events

Additional skills that you might also bring:

  • Experience operating HPC clusters in production
  • Experiences with Infiniband, RDMA, CUDA, MPI, Slurm, Lustre, and/or Singularity

What We Offer You

  • We consider geographical location, experience, and performance in shaping compensation worldwide. We revisit compensation annually (and more often for graduates and associates) to ensure we recognize outstanding performance. In addition to base pay, we offer a performance-driven annual bonus.
  • We provide all team members with additional benefits, which reflect our values and ideals. We balance our programs to meet local needs and ensure fairness globally.
  • A distributed work environment with twice-yearly team sprints in person
  • Personal learning and development budget of USD 2,000 per year
  • Annual compensation review
  • Recognition rewards
  • Annual holiday leave
  • Maternity and paternity leave
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Opportunity to travel to new locations to meet colleagues from your team and others
  • Priority Pass for travel and travel upgrades for long-haul company events

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