Staff Engineer (Software Systems/SDN)

    • Palo Alto, CA

Job Description

VMware Telco & Edge Cloud Business Unit is looking for a highly motivated Software Systems Staff Engineer to join the team that is building a real-time software-defined control platform for mobile radio access networks. The mobile radio access network is considered the final frontier in software-defined networking, and in this role, you will be engineering a product that is envisioned to disrupt the mobile industry. This control platform ingests telemetry from the mobile radio access network, runs a host of control applications, and dynamically programs the network - all within a control-loop delay budget that can be as low as 10 milliseconds.

You will be a lead engineer for this platform, and drive the architecture, design and implementation of one or more core components of this platform, including but not limited to real-time low-latency messaging with control applications and integration/interfaces with mobile radio access networks.

You do NOT need to be knowledgeable about wireless or mobile radio access networks.


  • Architect, design and implement various components of the control platform, including real-time low-latency messaging with control applications and integration/interfaces with mobile radio access networks.
  • Work collaboratively with engineering team to make the control platform reliable, scalable and secure.
  • Work collaboratively with Product Managers and Solution Architects to develop and package a high-quality product/solution.

  • Support production trial and deployment in customers' networks.
  • Support senior management and executives in technical discussions with customers and partners.
  • Provide technical mentorship to junior members of the team in software architecture, design and robust coding.
  • Document architecture, design and best practices while developing and deploying product solutions.
  • Work in an agile development environment while continuously evaluating and improving engineering processes.


Must have
  • MS or PhD or equivalent, with 8+ years of experience in software design and development
  • 3+ years of experience as feature/component lead of complex features/components
  • Strong experience with developing and deploying SDN control plane software; experience/involvement with relevant open source SDN projects is a big plus

  • Solid understanding of networking fundamentals
  • Strong programming skills in C/C++ and Java; experience with Go and Python is a plus
  • Strong experience with RPC frameworks including gRPC
  • Strong experience with implementing interfaces using TCP/IP, SCTP/IP
  • Strong working experience in Linux operating system

  • Hands on experience with data formats like protobuf and JSON
  • Hands on experience with low-latency performance tuning including passthrough techniques
  • Hands on experience with NAT, Firewall, etc.
  • Strong problem solving and debugging skills
  • Highly motivated team player

  • Experience with working in fast-paced environment
  • Good communication and presentation skills

Good to have
  • Specialization in Computer Science/Engineering or Electrical Engineering
  • Experience with server virtualization software; exposure to NUMA, CPU pinning is a plus

  • Experience with container technologies; Kubernetes knowledge is a plus
  • Exposure to real-time operating system
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