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Principal/Senior Software Engineer

Astera Labs

This is a Full-time position in Santa Clara, CA posted June 8, 2021.

Astera Labs Inc., a leader in purpose-built connectivity solutions for data-centric systems, is seeking a senior/principal Software Engineer for their Santa Clara (California) Design Center.

Partnering with leading processor vendors, cloud service providers, seasoned investors and world-class manufacturing companies, Astera Labs is helping data-centric system designers remove performance bottlenecks in compute-intensive workloads such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

For more information about Astera Labs, see 

We are looking for a senior/principal Software Engineer with hands-on experience with x86 low level programming including device drivers, boot-up sequence, and BIOS.

The ideal candidate would be at ease architecting and implementing hardware-software interfaces, embedded microcontroller subsystems and driving implementation of low-level firmware on high-speed networking chips.

The candidate must have good knowledge of communication protocols such as PCI-Express (Gen-3 and above), DDR, Ethernet, NVMe, or similar interfaces. 

Basic qualifications: 
Strong academic and technical background in computer/electrical engineering.

At a minimum, a Bachelor’s in EE or Computer Science is required, and a Master’s is preferred.  ≥5 years’ experience supporting or developing complex SoC/silicon products for Server, Storage, and/or Networking applications.  Experience developing software/firmware running on embedded microcontrollers.

Experience developing low level x86 drivers and BIOS.  Experience working with logic designers to architect, specify, and verify hardware-software interfaces on complex SoCs.  Professional attitude with the ability to prioritize a dynamic list of multiple tasks, to plan and prepare for customer meetings in advance, and to work with minimal guidance and supervision.  Entrepreneurial, open-mind behavior and can-do attitude.

Think and act fast with the customer in mind!  Authorized to work in the US and start immediately. 

Required experience: 
High level of proficiency in C/C++ (preferred) and programming for resource limited controllers.  Deep knowledge of x86 boot up process from cold power-on to full OS bring-up.

Familiarity with configuration and performance monitoring of server sub-systems.  Understanding of boot loader technologies like UEFI, ACPI, coreboot preferred.  Hands-on experience with EDK2, Linux codebase and device drivers preferred.  Hands-on experience with encryption, authentication, and security in embedded controllers.   Familiarity with TPM, TrustZone, secure boot and delivering secure firmware updates.  Familiarity with hypervisor technologies (VMWare etc).  Experience in developing BIOS software to configure and bring up server sub-systems.   Working knowledge of BMC software for cloud scale fleet management.  Working knowledge of PCIe, CXL, Ethernet, DDR, SPI, I2C/I3C protocols.