IBM Lead Core Server Engineer in Boston, Massachusetts
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Your Role and Responsibilities
Work Location (State and City): Chicago, IL Required
The Lead Core Server Engineer will be part of the Storage development team, responsible for ensuring the architectural integrity and successful delivery of a scalable object storage platform. The Lead Core Server Engineer is responsible for participating in the development, testing, and delivery of products and features in support of IBM’s Cloud Object Storage system. You will join a small, agile engineering team and participate in all aspects of the development process, from requirements gathering through delivery and production support.
This team's focus is on the development of the Java server application powering the storage nodes of the distributed Cloud Object Storage system. Successful candidates will have a strong software engineering background in server-side development with an emphasis on performance and quality. The candidate must be able to design and architect software using solid object-oriented methodologies utilizing multithreaded and asynchronous design paradigms. As a lead role, the candidate will be expected to be a strong technical contributor not just at an individual level, but also at a team level by providing technical oversight and guidance. The ideal candidate will bring a high level of enthusiasm and passion for software development, experience mentoring and fostering a strong technical team, and a love for learning and constantly expanding skills and expertise.
Responsibilities of the role include the following:
Lead technical initiatives and take an active role in defining product improvements.
Participate in architectural decision-making and provide recommendations for solutions to observed problems and challenges.
Mentor and guide junior team members with regards to technical oversight, architecture, development best practices, and product quality.
Develop Java software for the service responsible for storing the data of a distributed object storage system. This includes:
Proprietary binary network protocol (not an HTTP service)
Server network stack
Request handling and quality of service architecture
Asynchronous design patterns and programming techniques
Multiple storage engines for on-disk and inter-node data management
Performance tuning and optimization
Statistics and analytics frameworks to support system monitoring and troubleshooting
Take a hands-on approach while participating in all phases of the development process with a constant focus on improving process and overall quality.
Participate in all phases of the software development lifecycle including requirements gathering, design, implementation, test, deployment, and support.
Develop time estimates for your own assigned work and complete assigned software development, testing, and/or maintenance tasks.
Utilize a project management system to track defects and product change requests.
Assist with resolution of customer issues that arise in the deployed products.
Required Technical and Professional Expertise
At least 7 years of programming experience including object-oriented server-side development using a heavily asynchronous development model, with a strong preference towards Java.
Experience as a technical mentor and overseer.
Expertise in at least one programming language, familiarity with some of the common languages, and the ability to pick up new languages quickly.
Experience in all aspects of the software development lifecycle, including requirements definition, design, test, deployment, and support.
Ability to troubleshoot complex problems and synthesize solutions to technical issues in areas both familiar and unfamiliar.
A strong theoretical knowledge of data structures and algorithms and the ability to apply concepts to engineering problems.
Familiarity with the design and implementation of distributed systems including fault tolerance, scalability, and operability aspects.
Experience developing software for a Linux environment.
Preferred Technical and Professional Expertise
Experience with TCP/IP network development.
Experience programming with Python
Experience with Docker and Kubernetes
Experience with cloud development, microservices, and continuous integration/delivery pipelines.
Experience with monitoring and analytics frameworks such as Prometheus, the ELK stack, or Grafana.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
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