Oracle Principal Systems Engineer (JoinOCI-CVMCM) in Seattle, Washington

Principal Systems Engineer (JoinOCI-CVMCM)

Preferred Qualifications

The Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) team can provide you the opportunity to build and operate a suite of massive scale, integrated cloud services in a broadly distributed, multi-tenant cloud environment. OCI is committed to providing the best in cloud products that meet the needs of our customers who are tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges.

We offer unique opportunities for smart, hands-on engineers with the expertise and passion to solve difficult problems in distributed highly available services and virtualized infrastructure. At every level, our engineers have a significant technical and business impact designing and building innovative new systems to power our customer’s business critical applications.

Department Description:

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) combines the elasticity and utility of public cloud with the granular control, security, and predictability of on-premises infrastructure to deliver high-performance, high availability and cost-effective infrastructure services. Multiple compute options provide the flexibility to run the most demanding workloads, as well as less compute-intensive applications, in a secure and highly available cloud environment. Customers can self-service provision virtual machines right alongside bare metal servers and clusters on the same virtual cloud networks, through a unified web console, APIs, CLI or via industry standard tools such as Terraform and Chef. OCI's approach gives the customer choices for storage us industry leading local NVME storage or elastic network block storage.

The Imaging team within OCI is responsible for delivering the operating system images that our customers use with our bare metal and virtual machine instances. We build and modify OS images as well as the surrounding control plane service for the management and publication of images. Our team sits at the crossroads of OCI: working with networking, storage and compute service teams, with the hardware and hypervisor teams, and directly with a number of third party OS providers across the industry. Our work is front and center when using OCI, and one of the first customer touchpoints on our cloud.

Position Overview:

We’re looking for hands-on engineers with expertise and passion in solving difficult problems in distributed systems, virtualized infrastructure, and highly available services. If this is you, at Oracle you can design and build innovative new systems from the ground up. These are exciting times in our space - we are growing fast, still at an early stage, and working on ambitious new initiatives. An engineer at any level can have significant technical and business impact.

The ideal systems engineer candidate for the Imaging team has large breadth of knowledge and experience including areas such as networking, storage, internet protocols and Linux and/or Windows systems. In this role, you will define, design, implement and support the internal systems that provide the platform for delivering a robust, agile, and highly available cloud infrastructure. Your work will ensure we build to exceed our customers’ expectations on quality, performance, and fault tolerance. As an ideal candidate you should have experience in managing and administering systems at the enterprise level. You should have a strong understanding of Linux/Unix fundamentals and internals. You will know how the Kernel works and are comfortable troubleshooting and debugging systems as situations arise. The ability to troubleshoot outside of your immediate domain, and work to drive to solutions for customers with teams outside ours is critical.


  • Work closely with development team on maintaining operational health of core compute services for API availability and low latency.

  • Design, develop, troubleshoot and debug software programs for databases, applications, tools, networks etc.

  • Scale systems sustainably through mechanisms such as easy to use tooling and automation. Work in concert with service developers to evolve systems/products for better scalability, reliability and release velocity.

  • Take an active role in the definition and evolution of standard practices and procedures for our team and org.

  • Practice sustainable incident response and drive root case analysis.

  • Be a generalist, able to debug issues across a wide breadth of our stack. Our team helps with bugs from the kernel to the web UI.

  • Work with partner teams outside our org and external to Oracle.


  • BS in Computer Science or related technical field or equivalent practical experience.

  • 10 years of Linux experience in Systems Administration, Systems Engineer, or Systems Architect.

  • 5 years of delivering and operating large scale, highly distributed systems.

  • Strong knowledge of Linux/Unix and/or Windows fundamentals and internals.

  • Familiar with Linux Kernel, SR-IOV, TCP/IP, and Virtualization.

  • Solid understanding of designing systems for performance, efficiency, and availability with a strong customer focus.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to present complex information in a clear, concise manner to all audiences.

  • Results driven; thrives in a development environment that is agile, collaborative, and in start-up mode, even when faced with ambiguity.

Detailed Description and Job Requirements

Design, develop, troubleshoot and debug software programs for databases, applications, tools, networks etc.

As a member of the software engineering division, you will take an active role in the definition and evolution of standard practices and procedures. You will be responsible for defining and developing software for tasks associated with the developing, designing and debugging of software applications or operating systems.

Work is non-routine and very complex, involving the application of advanced technical/business skills in area of specialization. Leading contributor individually and as a team member, providing direction and mentoring to others. BS or MS degree or equivalent experience relevant to functional area. 7 years of software engineering or related experience.

Oracle is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability and protected veterans status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job: Product Development

Location: US-WA,Washington-Seattle

Job Type: Regular Employee Hire

Organization: Oracle