Kernel Technical Lead, Platform
Pure Storage
 Mountain View, CA


Since our founding in 2009, Pure Storage has empowered innovators to build a better world with data. In less than eight years, Pure reached $1B in sales, faster than nearly every enterprise company in history, and our incredible growth continues to outpace the competition.

Our mission? Deliver a simple, evergreen data platform that enables everyone to turn data into intelligence and advantage. The secret sauce? More than 3,000 team members (and growing!) around the world who join forces to invent the next big thing. And then the next one.

The world is experiencing a revolution driven by next-generation technology like AI, machine learning, virtual reality, quantum computing, and self-driving cars—all of which require unprecedented amounts of data. This sets the stage for Pure’s technology to grow exponentially in the coming years.

We’ve only scratched the surface of our ambitions, and as we continue to gobble up market share, we’re blazing trails and setting records:

  • For five straight years, Gartner has named Pure a leader in the Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays.
  • Our customer-first culture and unwavering commitment to innovation have earned us a Satmetrix Net Promoter Score in the top 1% of B2B companies globally.
  • Pure puts a premium on the future, investing 26% of revenue into R&D.

If you, like us, say “bring it on” to exciting challenges that change the world, we have endless opportunities where you can make your mark.


The FlashArray team builds the industry’s most innovative, high-performance, and highly available portfolio of products that are designed for the most demanding mission critical applications. While we deliver a hardware storage array, over 90% of our engineering staff are software engineers. Our customers are the most important part of our business and they love FlashArray for it's simplicity of management, the constant flow of new and exciting upgrades, and ability to live on the cutting edge of technology while never taking downtime, ever. Most recently, we extended the value of our FlashArray capabilities into the cloud with CloudSnap and Cloud Block Store for AWS. These new innovations enable our customers to leverage the agility of the public cloud for both traditional IT and cloud-native applications.


  • Helping specify and set requirements for upcoming enterprise grade storage servers across multiple product lines.
  • Software development through architecture, development, test, release, and maintenance.
  • Developing primarily in C/C++ and Python.
  • Helping all of us get better through design and code reviews.
  • Helping us achieve world-class performance through experimentation, analysis, and tuning.


  • An exceptional talent as an individual contributor, with 10+ years as a Linux kernel contributor
  • Experience in working with upstream Linux kernel communities, with notable contributions to one or more subsystems
  • 3+ years of scalable data path development experience in the networking or storage domains
  • 3+ years of experience leading product development teams
  • Strong communicator, with an ability to present to a diversity of audiences (from executives to developer conferences)
  • Track record of shipping products with high performance, high resiliency.
  • Natural curiosity and the ability to design, implement, and test your work.
  • General skills:
    • Strong problem solving and debugging skills.
    • Strong understanding of computer architecture, operating systems, algorithms, and data structures.
    • Experience in systems software: Linux kernel, embedded software, firmware, networking protocols, and/or device drivers.
    • Familiarity with server hardware: CPUs/BIOS, u-Controllers, busses (PCIe, USB, I2c,...), I/O adapters for networking and storage, storage devices, sensors.
    • Working knowledge of Linux virtualization tools

  • Valuable specialized skills:

    • x86 server platform bringup and management
    • Insights into x86 RAS capabilities to improve hardware resiliency
    • Deep expertise in I/O technologies and standards such as Fibre Channel, SCSI, RDMA, NVMe, Ethernet, or protocols (IP, NFS, SMB, …)
    • X86 performance and scalability (esp NUMA using lock free algorithms)
    • Virtualized data path implementation
    • Experience in modern user space architectures such as DPDK, SPDK

  • B.S. or higher degree in CS or equivalent experience.


Pure is where you ask big questions, think differently, and make an impact. This is not just a job, but a place where you have a voice and can accelerate your career. We value unique thoughts and celebrate individuality, and with ample opportunity to learn, develop yourself, and expand into different roles, joining Pure is an investment in your career journey.

Through our Pure Equality program, which supports a flourishing field of employee resource groups, we nourish the personal and professional lives of our team members. And our Pure Good Foundation gives back to local and global communities through volunteering and grants.

And because we understand the value of bringing your full and best self to work, we offer a variety of perks to manage a healthy balance, including flexible time off, wellness resources, and company-sponsored team events.


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