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Graduate Linux System Engineer - QA, Tooling, Automation - Boston



Oct 30

  • Job
    Entry Level / Graduate
  • Software Engineering
  • Boston
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AI generated summary

  • The ideal candidate for this Graduate Linux System Engineer position in Boston should have a strong software engineering background with in-depth knowledge of Python and Shell scripting. They should also have experience with C/C++, troubleshooting skills, experience with quality processes and continuous integration tools, and familiarity with Debian/Ubuntu based operating systems and packaging.
  • The Graduate Linux System Engineer at Canonical will monitor quality, troubleshoot issues, enhance continuous integration, report on KPIs, empower teams, develop test cases, and occasionally travel for events.


  • A strong software engineering, Linux, and open source background
  • In-depth knowledge of Python and Shell scripting
  • Experience with C/C++
  • Excellent troubleshooting skills and experience working with others to identify, isolate and resolve issues
  • Experience with quality processes and continuous integration tools
  • Experience working in an agile development environment
  • Additional skills that you might also bring:
  • Experience with Debian/Ubuntu based operating system and good understanding of Debian packaging and snaps would also be a considerable advantage.


  • Monitor indicators of quality across the Ubuntu ecosystem and products
  • Troubleshoot and resolve issues in Ubuntu Desktop, Ubuntu Server and Ubuntu Core
  • Enhance our continuous integration to guard Ubuntu image, release and package quality
  • Report on KPIs and analytical insights
  • Empower other teams for better planning and constant quality improvements
  • Develop, enhance and automate test cases, from unit tests to end-to-end multi machine workloads
  • Work from home with international travel twice a year, for events up to two weeks long


What is the main focus of the Ubuntu Quality Engineering team in this position?

The main focus of the Ubuntu Quality Engineering team in this position is to expand the set of open source packages fully supported and secured, while also driving quality excellence and continuous integration and testing.

What are some key responsibilities of a Graduate Linux System Engineer in this role?

Some key responsibilities include automation, testing capabilities, reporting and data analytics, running processes in partnership with Canonical and community teams, troubleshooting and resolving issues, identifying opportunities for improvement, and driving the overall quality of Ubuntu.

What skills and qualities are important for a successful candidate for this position?

A successful candidate should be passionate about software quality, Ubuntu, and the open source community. They should have deep engineering insights, strong problem-solving abilities, excellent communication skills, and a desire to drive quality excellence in Ubuntu.

What opportunities for career growth are available in this role?

This role offers opportunities to start and progress a career in the QA domain. By working closely with multiple teams within Ubuntu and driving quality excellence, there are opportunities for learning, advancement, and making a direct impact on the future of Ubuntu.

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Mission & Purpose

Canonical is a technology company known for developing and supporting Ubuntu, a popular open-source operating system. The company focuses on providing reliable, secure, and cost-effective solutions for cloud computing, IoT, and containers. By leveraging open-source technologies, Canonical aims to enable innovation and digital transformation for businesses and developers worldwide. The company is committed to ensuring high performance and scalability, promoting the adoption of open-source software, and fostering a global community of users and contributors.


  • Remote working

    Canonical has been a fully distributed organisation since its origin in 2004. Digital collaboration allows us to enjoy our home environment and work with the best in the world in our domain. We meet each other at least twice per year during in-person sprints to nurture cross-team relationships.

  • We build trust

    Zero commute means more time for the things you enjoy. At the same time, we have very high expectations of commitment and independent execution. We invest in people who are self-driven, motivated and highly organised. We take our responsibility for the most critical elements of open infrastructure very seriously, and we are committed to quality in every aspect of our product and services.

  • We engineer excellence

    We aspire to lead on the global stage. There’s no other way to describe it than hard work, hard challenges and hard competition. You will need to show that you can compete in deeply challenging intellectual fields. Your colleagues are aiming for the top, and they depend on you to set the same standard in your area of responsibility. That’s tough but incredibly satisfying. We value those who take ownership of their area and take opportunities to be exceptional.

  • We travel

    We optimise our team structure for time zone overlap. Collaboration and inspiration takes time to fully develop but leadership at Canonical means building cross-team relationships. We nurture those relationships through regular global summits which bring diverse teams or their leaders together. We host these events around the world to discover great places to explore and appreciate in the process. Team events have taken place in Vancouver, Brugge, New York, Budapest, Orlando, Cape Town, Warsaw, Seoul, Paris, Portland, Lyon, London, Toronto and many more.