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Principal Software Engineer

Hopkinton, Massachusetts, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, United States

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Job ID R035799 Date posted Oct. 04, 2019

Software Principal Engineer (Linux), Mid-Range Next Generation - Position can be based in either Hopkinton, MA OR Research Triangle Park, NC

Dell is a collective of customer-obsessed, industry-leading visionaries. We believe that technology is essential for driving human progress, and the technology we provide transforms the way we all work and live. But we are more than a technology company — we are a people company. We recognize that over 100,000 employees across six continents have different interests and aspirations. We inspire, challenge and respect each and every employee, every day. We offer highly competitive salaries, bonus programs, world-class benefits and unparalleled growth and development opportunities — all to create a compelling and rewarding work environment.

DELL is seeking a Principal Software Engineer to join the Front End Team working directly on our next gen mid-range storage product.  Engineer will develop software that interfaces with Linux operating system components to provide connectivity to remote storage appliances over iSCSI.   The ideal candidate would be familiar with the many caveats and interactions between components of the Linux system.  Prospective engineer’s work will include adding code to a python-based proxy connection service and working with open source code.


  • Develop code in Python and C for support of Linux iSCSI/SCSI initiator connections
  • Triage issues, determine root cause, and produce fixes
  • Investigate complex system problems and work collaboratively with other SMEs on the resolution


  • BS or MS in Computer Science or a related discipline
  • 10+ years software development experience
  • Strong knowledge of C++ plus one of the following: C or Python
  • Experience with Linux block and scsi generic devices
  • Experience with Linux multipath
  • Experience with Udev system
  • Iscsiadm experience
  • Familiar with sysfs, in particular: /sys/class/scsi_host/hostX/scan, /sys/block/device-name/device/delete, /sys/block/sda/device/state
  • Experience in designing and implementing complex embedded and/or client/server systems on Linux
  • Excellent problem solving & multi-tasking skills
  • Excellent code detective & root cause analysis skills irrespective of the language or platform
  • Strong written & verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of storage protocols, e.g. SCSI, iSCSI, FC


  • Knowledge of ZMQ/Proto-buffers
  • Experience with Agile/Scrum software development cycles
  • Experience with automation, end-to-end testing frameworks
  • Familiarity with Jira, Rally, Git, or a similar version control system


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