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Software Development Engineer, EC2 Nitro

Job ID: 2542380 | Amazon Development Center U.S., Inc.


- 3+ years of non-internship professional software development experience
- 2+ years of non-internship design or architecture (design patterns, reliability and scaling) of new and existing systems experience
- Experience programming with at least one software programming language


EC2 Nitro drives the planet’s largest, fastest growing and most feature-rich compute cloud. Nitro is AWS’ ground-up design for virtualization at global scale built on a fully custom stack of hardware, firmware and applications. Nitro has enabled EC2 to support Intel, AMD and Amazon’s custom silicon - the Graviton processor family - while raising the industry bar for security and performance across our product line.
We integrate hardware, firmware, application software and services to deliver new virtualized and bare-metal compute platforms for companies from startups through the Fortune 500. We are looking for an experienced Software Engineer to drive development for new EC2 compute platforms. In this role, the Engineer will work with a broad and deep group of technical teams that develop hardware, firmware, systems and application software.

The ideal candidate is expected to have solid understanding of computer science fundamentals, and expertise in C,C++ or Rust development in a Linux environment. Experience with Linux package management, version control systems, automated build processes, and software unit testing are required. Specific, in-depth knowledge of the use, design, and development of Linux operating system internals is preferred.

About the team
The Nitro Instance Services team is a critical middle layer that is the cornerstone of the Nitro design. It provides device emulation, DNS and Instance Meta-data Service (IMDS) to the guest instance. It interfaces directly with system BIOS for bare-metal instances and drives critical system interactions within the Nitro Hypervisor and across EC2 control-plane services. We need engineers with the dive-deep and ownership to work across domains (such as PC peripheral firmware, Linux Kernel internals, and DNS/HTTP protocols) to deliver features and new instance types for our customers. Work is typically done in C/C++ or Rust with supporting script and tests in Python and Lua. Software Development Engineers work closely with senior Engineers and other technical leaders to define technical direction, and then follow through with detailed analysis, designs, and high quality code.

We are open to hiring candidates to work out of one of the following locations:

Seattle, WA, USA


- 3+ years of full software development life cycle, including coding standards, code reviews, source control management, build processes, testing, and operations experience
- Bachelor's degree in computer science or equivalent

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Our compensation reflects the cost of labor across several US geographic markets. The base pay for this position ranges from $115,000/year in our lowest geographic market up to $223,600/year in our highest geographic market. Pay is based on a number of factors including market location and may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. Amazon is a total compensation company. Dependent on the position offered, equity, sign-on payments, and other forms of compensation may be provided as part of a total compensation package, in addition to a full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits. For more information, please visit Applicants should apply via our internal or external career site.