Staff Software Developer (Linux Kernel)

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Software Engineering
Full Time


MaxLinear is disrupting the broadband space by creating products that enable an unprecedented experience of digital delivery at home and small offices. We are redefining the home network technology to meet the present and future need for data speed, performance, security, and reliability. Looking for Linux software developers to join our journey in building next generation broadband products. Seeking applications from curious engineers who are passionate about building great technology products. As part of the role, you will be doing:

  • Device driver/networking subsystem development for next generation broadband products
  • Own, maintain and upgrade linux kernel distributions for all Mxl platforms
  • Work collaboratively in an Agile team
  • Participate in full development life cycle including pre-silicon development phase
  • Ensure the best technical design and approach with an aim for continuous improvement


  • Deep knowledge of kernel programming
  • Experience in BSP/device drivers development in Linux environment
  • Ability to understand Network processor SoC/IP designs
  • Ability to understand the HW specifications from a SoC data sheet
  • Experience in using debugging tools, system profiling and performance tuning tools
  • Ability to identify performance bottlenecks in the kernel and provide optimal solution
  • Knowledge of networking subsystem is desirable
  • Proficient in using Lauterbach tool and other similar tools
  • Experience in analysis of kernel crash dump, rcu stalls and other call traces
  • Knowledge of open source community software stacks like OpenWRT/RDKB is desirable
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and working in a highly iterative, agile, and open team environment
  • Willingness to learn and experiment with new technology
  • BS/BTECH/BE with 5+ years of experience, or MS with 4+years of experience in Computer/Electrical Engineering or similar stream

Company Overview

MaxLinear is a global, NASDAQ-traded company (MXL) where the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well. We are a fabless system-on-chip product company, striving to improve the world’s communication networks for everyone through our highly integrated radio-frequency (RF), analog, digital, and mixed-signal semiconductor solutions for access and connectivity, wired and wireless infrastructure, and industrial and multi-market applications.


We hire the best people in the industry and engage them in some of the most exciting opportunities that connect the world we live in today. Our growth has come from innovative, bold approaches to solving some of the world’s most challenging communication technology problems in the most efficient and effective manner.


MaxLinear began by developing the world’s first high-performance TV tuner chip using standard CMOS process technology. Others said we couldn’t achieve the extremely high-performance requirements using CMOS, but we proved them wrong and achieved enduring global market leadership with our designs. Since then, we’ve developed a full line of products that drive 4G and 5G infrastructure; enable data center, metro and long-haul optical interconnects; bring 10Gbit to the home; power the IoT revolution; and enable robust and reliable communication in harsh industrial environments. Over the years, we’ve expanded through organic growth and through several acquisitions that have perfectly complemented our existing portfolio and enabled us to deliver complete end-to-end solutions in our target markets. One such example was the acquisition of Intel’s Home Gateway Platform Division that added Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and Broadband Gateway Processor SoC technology to our connected home portfolio creating a complete and scalable platform of connectivity and access solutions to fully address our customers’ needs.


Our headquarters are in Carlsbad, near San Diego, California. We also have major design centers in Irvine and San Jose, California; Waltham, Massachusetts; Vancouver, Canada; Valencia, Spain; Bangalore, India; Villach, Austria; Munich, Germany; Israel; and Singapore.


We have approximately 1,500 employees, a substantial majority of whom have engineering degrees and include masters and Ph.D. graduates from many of the premiere universities around the world. Our employees thrive on innovation, outstanding execution, outside-the-box thinking, nimbleness, and collaboration. Together, we form a high-energy business team that is focused on building the best and most innovative products on the market.


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