MAAS Hardware Lab Engineer (Greater Boston Area)

  • Canonical
  • Office Based - Boston, MA, USA
  • 30 Jan, 2024

Job Description

This role is home based in the Boston metropolitan area, and you are expected to be able to visit our Boston lab regularly, 4 - 6 times per month.

This is a Python software engineering opportunity for a computer lab engineer passionate about open source software, Linux, and the latest server and network technologies. Come build a rewarding, meaningful career working with the best and brightest people in technology at Canonical, a growing international software company. If you love hacking in your home lab and are curious about hardware, you will love this opportunity.

As an Python Engineer - Data Center Hardware Integration in Canonical, you will be responsible for the day-to-day management and operations of our lab in the Boston area which serves as a centre point for Ubuntu server certification of US based silicon and server designs.  This includes software defined hardware management, working with, and developing data centre automation tooling (MAAS), interacting with vendors, asset tracking and handling deliveries.  

What your day will look like

  • Own a fully automated server lab with the latest server and network silicon from leading vendors.
  • Use your Python development skills to develop the Metal as a Service (MAAS) software to work with a large variety of server and network hardware.
  • Actively expand MAAS functionality by creating integrations with testing and scheduling software such as Testflinger.
  • Manage the physical setup of the lab, ensure it is well structured and tidy, and execute changes either self or through remote hands.
  • Work to standardise processes, configurations, and procedures in cooperation with engineers in our other data centres.
  • Improve and extend hardware and network monitoring through automation.
  • Regularly update asset management tools to ensure accuracy and completeness of the lab’s hardware.
  • Update of equipment firmware when appropriate/needed.

What we are looking for in you

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Computer Science or Software Engineering
  • Python programming experience
  • Linux Administration experience
  • Mix of Rack and Virtual systems experience
  • Able to communicate clearly and effectively in English
  • Strong time management skills
  • Ability to manage competing priorities
  • Ability to work with a globally distributed team of passionate engineers
  • An exceptional academic track record from both high school and preferably university
  • Willingness to travel up to 4 times a year for internal events

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 recognise 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.

  • Distributed work environment with twice-yearly team sprints in person - we’ve been working remotely since 2004!
  • 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

About Canonical

Canonical is a pioneering tech firm that is at the forefront of the global move to open source. As the company that publishes Ubuntu, one of the most important open source projects and the platform for AI, IoT and the cloud, we are changing the world on a daily basis. We recruit on a global basis and set a very high standard for people joining the company. We expect excellence - in order to succeed, we need to be the best at what we do.

Canonical has been a remote-first company since its inception in 2004.​ Work at Canonical is a step into the future, and will challenge you to think differently, work smarter, learn new skills, and raise your game. Canonical provides a unique window into the world of 21st-century digital business.

Canonical is an equal opportunity employer

We are proud to foster a workplace free from discrimination. Diversity of experience, perspectives, and background create a better work environment and better products. Whatever your identity, we will give your application fair consideration.

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