Systems Development Engineer

3+ months agoSeattle, WA


Nitro is a hardware/firmware/software solution built from the ground-up to support secure virtualization at AWS scale. The Nitro Build Team owns the systems and tooling that manage low-level system firmware integration, performance, instrumentation and validation. Every single cloud instance at EC2 is built on top of the work done by this team - everything from Machine Learning oriented GPU instances, to Storage, and HPC instances. These are used to power critical workloads from startups to the Fortune 500.

If you have a passion for systems software design and engineering, then this is an opportunity to build the core of the AWS cloud. A SysDE on Nitro Build Team will work closely with Principal Engineers from HW Engineering, Firmware and EC2 data-plane and services teams to ensure low-level firmware (such as system BIOS or TPM firmware) integrates robustly with the Nitro stack. A SysDE will use C, Lua or Python, conduct software design reviews, code reviews, automated test development, deployment, and fleet monitoring.

On the Nitro Build Team we value Customer Obsession and look for engineers who understand the challenges and responsibility of supporting foundational technologies within the Nitro Stack and across the world's premiere cloud virtualization infrastructure. We're looking for engineers who show Ownership and take pride in supporting major EC2 Customers from across the tech landscape.

Our team is diverse! We drive towards an inclusive culture and work environment. We are intentional about attracting, developing, and retaining amazing talent from diverse backgrounds. Team members are active in Amazon's 10+ affinity groups, sometimes known as employee resource groups, which bring employees together across businesses and locations around the world. These range from groups such as the Black Employee Network, Latinos at Amazon, Indigenous at Amazon, Families at Amazon, Amazon Women and Engineering, LGBTQ+, Warriors at Amazon (Military), Amazon People With Disabilities, and more.

We puts a high value on work-life balance. We believe striking the right balance between your personal and professional life is critical to life-long happiness and fulfillment. We offer flexibility in working hours and encourage you to find your own balance between your work and personal lives.

Our team is dedicated to supporting new members. We have a broad mix of experience levels and tenures, and we're building an environment that celebrates knowledge sharing and mentorship. Our senior members enjoy one-on-one mentoring and thorough, but kind, code reviews. We care about your career growth and strive to assign projects based on what will help each team member develop into a better-rounded engineer and enable them to take on more complex tasks in the future.


• BA/BS in Computer Science, other technical field, or equivalent professional experience.
• 3+ years of experience as professional engineer
• Professional experience with firmware development for x86, ARM, AMD architectures.
• Experience with a compiled systems language like C/C++ or Rust and scripting like Python or LUA.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Able to work in a diverse team


• Experience with PCIe architecture.
• Deep knowledge of Intel, ARM, and AMD architectures.
• Low-level Linux systems internals such as boot process, memory management, and peripheral driver development.

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Job ID: Amazon-1434541