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Software Engineer - Python - Ubuntu Pro client - graduate level - Charlotte



10d ago

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    Entry Level / Graduate
  • Software Engineering
  • Charlotte
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AI generated summary

  • You love technology, are curious and accountable. You value soft skills, have a degree in Computer Science, and extensive Python on Linux experience. Interested in Ubuntu Linux systems admin, CI, and open source community engagement.
  • You will collaborate, write high quality code, debug issues, review code, discuss ideas, and work remotely with occasional global travel for events.


  • You love technology and working with brilliant people
  • You are curious, flexible, articulate, and accountable
  • You value soft skills and are passionate, enterprising, thoughtful, and self-motivated
  • You have a Bachelor’s or equivalent in Computer Science, STEM or similar degree
  • You have extensive experience with Python on Linux
  • You have interest in and experience with two or more of the following: Ubuntu Linux systems administration, continuous integration, end-system contract management, Debian packaging, working with public or on premise clouds
  • Bonus points if you have experience engaging with the open source community


  • Collaborate proactively with a distributed team
  • Write high quality code, with unit and functional tests, to create new features
  • Debug issues and produce high quality code to fix them
  • Review code produced by other engineers
  • Discuss ideas and investigate to find good solutions
  • Work from home, with global travel 2 to 4 weeks per year for internal and external events


What programming language skills are required for this role?

Excellent Python skills are a key requirement for this role, with previous contributions to open source Python projects being an advantage.

What experience is beneficial for applicants applying for this job?

Experience in configuring apt, knowledge of deb packaging, and general system administration are advantageous for this role.

What is the importance of quality and stability in this position?

The quality and stability of the Ubuntu Pro Client is critically important, as it is pre-installed on every Ubuntu system. This role requires a focus on software interoperability over various target releases and environments.

What kind of users will the Software Engineer be working with?

The Software Engineer will work with a wide range of users, from mission-critical environments to hobbyist Ubuntu users. They will need to guide engineering best practices with all users in mind.

What is the role of communication in this position?

The Software Engineer will need to communicate with users to ensure their needs are met, as well as collaborate with the Ubuntu Server team, major cloud partners, and various Canonical product teams to develop and release improvements to the Pro client.

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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.