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IBM Senior Core Server Engineer in St Louis, Missouri


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Your Role and Responsibilities

Work Location (State and City): Chicago, IL Required

The Senior 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 Senior 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. The ideal candidate will bring a high level of enthusiasm and passion for software development and a love for learning and constantly expanding skills and expertise.

Responsibilities of the role include the following:

  • 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 3 years of programming experience including object-oriented server-side development using a heavily asynchronous development model, with a strong preference towards Java.

  • 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.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

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.

About Business Unit

Digitization is accelerating the ongoing evolution of business, and clouds - public, private, and hybrid - enable companies to extend their existing infrastructure and integrate across systems. IBM Cloud provides the security, control, and visibility that our clients have come to expect. We are working to provide the right tools and environment to combine all of our client’s data, no matter where it resides, to respond to changing market dynamics.

Your Life @ IBM

What matters to you when you’re looking for your next career challenge?

Maybe you want to get involved in work that really changes the world? What about somewhere with incredible and diverse career and development opportunities – where you can truly discover your passion? Are you looking for a culture of openness, collaboration and trust – where everyone has a voice? What about all of these? If so, then IBM could be your next career challenge. Join us, not to do something better, but to attempt things you never thought possible.

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About IBM

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Location Statement

For additional information about location requirements, please discuss with the recruiter following submission of your application.

Being You @ IBM

IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.