Linux Kernel Software Engineer – Facebook

About the job

Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Through our family of apps and services, we’re building a different kind of company that connects billions of people around the world, gives them ways to share what matters most to them, and helps bring people closer together. Whether we’re creating new products or helping a small business expand its reach, people at Facebook are builders at heart. Our global teams are constantly iterating, solving problems, and working together to empower people around the world to build community and connect in meaningful ways. Together, we can help people build stronger communities – we’re just getting started.

Facebook is seeking a Linux Kernel Software Engineer to join our Kernel team. The Facebook kernel team is responsible for developing fixes and new features that are primarily driven by internal needs and emerging industry trends. As a member of that team, you will play an integral role in improving kernel stability, performance, observability, and manageability. Additionally, you will help work with the wider Linux community including upstream developers, vendors, and optionally conferences. This position is full-time.


  • Work with other teams to understand their kernel needs and develop solutions.
  • Triage, investigate, and resolve primarily kernel related performance or stability issues.
  • Build and/or support user space libraries and tools related to the kernel work.
  • Advocate best practices with other engineers when it comes to kernel usage, deployment, tuning parameters, etc.
  • Backport or develop solutions for 1-2 kernel releases. We prefer code being in mainline.
  • Help improve our automated testing infrastructure.
  • Be a part of the kernel release process, helping it run smoothly.
  • Occasionally participate in TPM led projects that are kernel focused.
  • Communicate and interact with upstream maintainers.
  • Occasional conferences, particularly things like LPC/LFS/MM.

Minimum Qualification

  • Knowledge of low-level operating system and hardware primitives.
  • Scripting (Python, Bash, etc.) experience.
  • Expertise programming with C or C++.
  • Experience using kernel perf and/or tracing tools for resolving performance issues.
  • Solid troubleshooting and debugging skills.
  • Proven communications skills.

Preferred Qualification

  • Experience working with and contributing to Open Source communities.
  • Familiarity with multiple layers of the Linux stack (hardware, kernel, user space, etc.).
  • Experience working at very large scale (> 10,000 servers).
  • Experience presenting to technical audiences at conferences.
  • Experience with one or more of the technologies our partner teams own (containers, RPC, databases, etc.).

Facebook is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law. Facebook is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities in our recruiting process. If you need any assistance or accommodations due to a disability, please let us know at

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