Module Lead Platform Software
Ciena Corporation
2d ago

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.

The Module lead Platform Software will be responsible for development and supporting embedded platform firmware across BMC (Board Management Controller), BIOS / UEFI bootstrap firmware, and secure ONIE multi-

stage bootstrap including Linux BSP (Board Support Package) and Linux device drivers for platform hardware development programs.

The role is responsible overall system-level board management and bootstrap to Linux boot in collaboration with functions such as Hardware Design, Logic Design, Power and Thermal Design, Project Management, Component Engineering, Document Control, SCO (Supply Chain Operations), CM (Contract Manufacturing), and product release support in order to deliver a Linux platform to host OS and application OS software and QA teams.

The role is part of an R&D organization that designs, releases and sustains Packet Switching and Router products and associated optics and accessories for deployment in large telco carriers, MSOs, and enterprise managed service providers.

Products range from desktop, to pizzabox, to outdoor ruggedized units. For x86-based systems, BMC firmware supports power control / monitoring, thermal control / monitoring, clock control / monitoring, reset control, BIOS / UEFI programming / upgrade, as well as, IPMI for remote administration, monitoring, and recovery of the system.

For x86-based systems, BIOS / UEFI firmware supports the basic I / O of the system to load the first-stage Linux-based ONIE loader in order to load the target host kernel OS of the system.

For ARM or MIPS-based systems, integrated firmware provides the equivalent BMC, BIOS, and bootstrap capabilities. Embedded firmware and bootstrap software shall support root-

of-trust secure booting, including vendor and customer certificate management.


  • Development of embedded software applications targeted for PPC processor applications needed for hardware design verification and manufacturing testing.
  • Linux Driver & Diagnostic development responsibilities for Ciena Packet Networking Platforms
  • Individual will participate in the development of drivers for application software as well as work on a suite of diagnostics that provides low level access / verification of system design elements as well as fully configuring and exercising the control and data paths to enable design debug and verification, as well as provide a robust and high coverage manufacturing test suite.
  • Varied assignments will require solid knowledge in control plane as well as device driver development / integration for data plane elements

  • Linux Driver / Middleware development for Embedded platforms
  • Strong diagnostic / SW design / coding / debug / test skills
  • Significant experience developing low level drivers & / or diagnostics for elements of Telecomm / Datacomm switching / Networking Platforms
  • Experience working with Network Processors, MACs, Control Processors, physical layer., TDM, I2C and SERDES devices etc
  • Strong experience working on large complex software bases
  • Well organized coding styles with experience developing with new and existing code bases.
  • Individual must work well in a team environment as position requires working closely, and in a coordinated fashion, with other Hardware and Software engineers
  • Strong written and oral communication skills to interface effectively with subordinates, peers and other Stakeholders.

  • Self-starter with positive attitude
  • Team orientation, organized, and capable of independent work
  • Acumen for problem solving. Ability to lead in an environment of change flexibility, creativity and patience
  • Ability to learn and grasp technical concepts related to products being developed
  • Able to work effectively and communicate at all levels within the Ciena workforce

  • Bachelor or Master degree in Electronics and Telecommunication / SW Engineering with 7+ years of Related experience
  • Rewarding 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 work

    Free 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 us

  • You will receive notification of your successful application
  • Successful applicants will be contacted by Talent Acquisition for an initial discussion
  • If suitable you will be considered for the short list and our formal interview process
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