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Cisco Principal Software Engineer - CPU - Acacia in Maynard, Massachusetts

Acacia designs intelligent transceivers using advanced 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.

What you'll do:

You will be a key member of Acacia’s Software team responsible for embedded CPU code development to configure and manage our products. 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.

You will interface with the wider cross-functional engineering team to architect the system software, develop algorithms, contribute to code development, and participate in system bring up and debug.

Who you’ll work with:

You will work with Acacia’s Hardware, ASIC, Optical, and DSP teams in the engineering organization and the PLM team. You will collaborate with the Product engineering and Quality teams to ensure smooth transition of our products to Manufacturing.

This role will also involve customer interface for technical discussions related to Acacia SW architecture and design with our customers.

Who you are:

You are enthusiastic about architecting embedded firmware solutions and driving requirements for future platforms. You enjoy contributing and collaborating with the wider cross-functional engineering teams to develop efficient, compact algorithms for embedded CPUs. You are great at low-level RTOS debug and systems bring up in the lab.

You are capable in figuring out complex systems specifications from standards bodies and a strong mentor for junior colleagues.

You are not shy to always point out how we can be more effective as a team, and you are open to similar suggestions by your team members.

Your interpersonal and communication skills allow effortless collaboration within and across teams and to steer the development in a positive direction.

Minimum requirements:

  • BS or MS in Electronics/Electrical Engineering or Computer Science or equivalent with 15+ years of experience in the telecommunications industry

  • 5+ years of experience with C++ and C

  • Experience with embedded firmware development (both control and data path) in telecommunications industry

  • 5+ years of experience leading software/firmware teams and driving cross-functional requirements across other engineering and product teams

  • Industry experience with RTOS and embedded CPUs and microcontrollers

Preferred Requirements:

  • Well-rounded developer who is comfortable working from high level system design to low level driver development

  • Experience with ARM processors

  • Embedded systems firmware architecture, design and development for Optical transceivers, and High-speed Mixed-signal components

  • Experience working within a team environment developing complex control-plane code in a multi-processor/multithreaded environment

  • Experience with developing/debugging software state machines

  • Proficient in writing compact highly efficient code to control HW components

  • Experience with a revision control system and defect tracking systems (Perforce™, GIT, Bugzilla, JIRA)

  • Experience with collaborative code review tools (such as Jira Crucible®)

  • Comfortable with UNIX-style command-line development (make, shell programming, Python)

Why Cisco?

#WeAreCisco. We are all unique, but collectively we bring our talents to work as a team, to develop innovative technology and power a more inclusive, digital future for everyone. How do we do it? Well, for starters - with people like you!

Nearly every internet connection around the world touches Cisco. We’re the Internet’s optimists. Our technology makes sure the data traveling at light speed across connections does so securely, yet it’s not what we make but what we make happen which marks us out. We’re helping those who work in the health service to connect with patients and each other; schools, colleges, and universities to teach in even the most challenging of times. We’re helping businesses of all shapes and sizes to connect with their employees and customers in new ways, providing people with access to the digital skills they need and connecting the most remote parts of the world - whether through 5G, or otherwise.

We tackle whatever challenges come our way. We have each other’s backs, we recognize our accomplishments, and we grow together. We celebrate and support one another - from big and small things in life to big career moments. And giving back is in our DNA (we get 10 days off each year to do just that).

We know that powering an inclusive future starts with us. Because without diversity and a dedication to equality, there is no moving forward. Our 30 Inclusive Communities, that bring people together around commonalities or passions, are leading the way. Together we’re committed to learning, listening, caring for our communities, whilst supporting the most vulnerable with a collective effort to make this world a better place either with technology, or through our actions.

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! #WeAreCisco

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