Software Engineer - Ubuntu Server, virtualization and containerization

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Home based - EMEA

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Interview Process

1. Review your open source contributions at shortlist stage. 2. 4x60m interviews over Hangouts, each of which is carried out blind (none of the interviewers talk to each other until the final review). The company is fully remote, so there is no on-site.

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This is an exciting opportunity for a software engineer passionate about open source software, Linux, containers, virtualization and Ubuntu Server. Come build a rewarding, meaningful career working with the best and brightest people in technology at Canonical, a growing international software company.

Ubuntu Server is a platform that enables amazing technology the whole world over. Applicants to this role will have the opportunity to bolster the Ubuntu Server as a platform for containers and virtual machines. They will get to work with our experienced team and have the benefits of learning and growing alongside the best engineers in the business.

What you’ll do

  • Collaborate proactively with a distributed team
  • Write high quality code to create new features
  • Debug issues and produce high quality code to fix them
  • Review code produced by other engineers
  • Discuss ideas and collaborate on finding good solutions
  • Work from home with global travel 2 to 4 weeks for internal and external events
  • Become involved in the planning of new Ubuntu features, both new ideas in your areas of interest and advising on work being done elsewhere
  • Assist in the maintenance of Ubuntu Server packages. Specifically but not limited to:
    • Virtualisation (qemu, kvm, libvirt, …)
    • Containers (runc, containerd, docker, …)
  • Collaborate with other teams in the Ubuntu and Debian communities, with upstream projects, and commercially supported customers
  • Collaborate and work with our partners to make Ubuntu the best experience in the cloud

Who you are

  • You love technology and working with brilliant people
  • You have interest and experience with Container runtimes or Hipervisor software stacks (or both)
  • You have interest and experience in packaging (Already knowing .deb or snap packaging is a plus)
  • You are curious, articulate, and accountable
  • You value soft skills and are passionate, enterprising, thoughtful, and self-motivated
  • You have a Bachelor’s or equivalent in Computer Science, STEM or similar degree
  • Involvement in open source projects or maintaining or participating distributed software in the past a plus
  • Bonus: if you are familiar with an hypervisor ecosystem using rust-vmm or even better being part of such a community.


Canonical is proud to foster a workplace free from discrimination. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and background will lead to a better environment for our employees and a better platform for our users and customers. This is something we value deeply and we encourage everyone to come be a part of the world of Ubuntu.


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