Principal Software Engineer - Optical Communications - Acacia

  • Location:
    Maynard, Massachusetts, US
  • Area of Interest
    Engineer - Software
  • Job Type
    Professional
  • Technology Interest
    Cloud and Data Center
  • Job Id
    1384983

Acacia (now part of Cisco) designs intelligent transceivers using sophisticated signal processing and photonic integration for the 100G, 400G and 1T bit speed fiber optic transmission market deployed in data center, metro, long-haul and ultra-long haul telecommunication networks.

With the explosion of bandwidth in the multi-cloud era, optical interconnect technology is becoming an increasingly strategic part of the network. Coherent technology has been a game-changer for optical networking and continues to evolve with the deployment of pluggable coherent optics.

The Principal Software Engineer will be a key member of Acacia’s Software team, responsible for embedded CPU code development to configure and manage our products. You will interface with Hardware, ASIC, Optical, and DSP teams in the engineering organization to architect the system software, develop algorithms, contribute to code development, and participate in system bring up and debug.

You will lead the architecture and design of complex optical sub-systems that go into future Acacia SOCs. Collaborate with Chip, DSP and Optics architects to drive innovation in Acacia’s products.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Architect embedded firmware solutions and drive requirements for future platforms
  • Contribute and collaborate with Optics/DSP/HW engineering teams to develop efficient compact algorithms for embedded CPUs
  • Interface with product engineering and other cross-functional teams
  • Contribute and collaborate on good design practices in a multi-processor/multithreaded architecture
  • Design, implement and unit test robust control loop algorithms
  • Support systems bring up and debug in the lab
  • Strong oral and written communication skills

Minimum Qualifications, Experience, Skills, Education and Certifications:

  • MS in Electronics/Electrical Engineering or Computer Science with 17+ years of experience in the telecommunications industry
  • Proficiency in C++ and C
  • Significant experience in complex embedded firmware development (both control and data path) in telecommunications industry
  • Embedded systems firmware architecture, design and development for Optical transceivers, Ethernet switches, High-speed Mixed-signal components
  • Proficiency with RTOS and embedded CPUs and microcontrollers (ARM® preferred)
  • Proficient in writing compact highly efficient code to control HW components
  • Experience leading software/firmware teams and driving cross-functional requirements across other engineering teams
  • Experience with a revision control system and defect tracking systems (Perforce™, GIT, Bugzilla, JIRA)
  • Comfortable with UNIX-style command-line development (make, shell programming, python)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Highly Desired Skills:

  • Experience with developing/debugging software state machines
  • Experience working within a team environment developing complex control plane code in a multi-processor/multithreaded environment
  • Contributed to industry-standards and specifications in the Optical networking domain
  • Experience with collaborative code review tools (such as Jira Crucible®)
  • Well-rounded developer who is comfortable working from high level system design to low level driver development – is a big plus#WeAreCisco, where each person is unique, but we bring our talents to work as a team and make a difference powering an inclusive future for all.

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Day to day, we focus on the give and take. We give our best, give our egos a break, and give of ourselves (because giving back is built into our DNA.) We take accountability, bold steps, and take difference to heart. Because without diversity of thought and a dedication to equality for all, there is no moving forward.

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#WeAreCisco, where each person is unique, but we bring our talents to work as a team and make a difference powering an inclusive future for all.

We embrace digital, and help our customers implement change in their digital businesses. Some may think we’re “old” (36 years strong) and only about hardware, but we’re also a software company. And a security company. We even invented an intuitive network that adapts, predicts, learns and protects. No other company can do what we do – you can’t put us in a box!

But “Digital Transformation” is an empty buzz phrase without a culture that allows for innovation, creativity, and yes, even failure (if you learn from it.)

Day to day, we focus on the give and take. We give our best, give our egos a break, and give of ourselves (because giving back is built into our DNA.) We take accountability, bold steps, and take difference to heart. Because without diversity of thought and a dedication to equality for all, there is no moving forward.

So, you have colorful hair? Don’t care. Tattoos? Show off your ink. Like polka dots? That’s cool. Pop culture geek? Many of us are. Passion for technology and world changing? Be you, with us! 

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