Linux Kernel Engineer

About SiFive

As the pioneers who introduced RISC-V to the world, SiFive is transforming the future of compute by bringing the limitless potential of RISC-V to the highest performance and most data-intensive applications in the world. SiFive’s unrivaled compute platforms have enabled leading technology companies around the world to innovate, optimize, and deliver the most advanced solutions of tomorrow across every market segment of chip design, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, automotive, datacenter, mobile, and consumer. With SiFive, the future of RISC-V has no limits.

SiFive is looking for an excellent Linux and kernel developer who can help drive forward the RISC-V software roadmap. In this role, you will work with System Architecture and Hardware engineering teams to help evaluate and design Compute systems -  including CPUs, interconnects and related IP blocks.  You will develop software for the Linux kernel and for Yocto/OpenEmbedded Linux. This is an excellent opportunity to develop and get to market the software for the latest RISC-V architecture.


  • Design, develop and upstream Linux kernel, OpenSBI, U-Boot and Yocto/OpenEmbedded software for RISC-V SoCs.
  • Engage with System Architecture, Hardware engineering, and other software engineering teams to design, review and define features.
  • Collaborate with teams in the US, Taiwan and Europe to drive forward the SiFive's System Software roadmap and the “one team” philosophy.


  • 5+ years of experience developing System software or device drivers in C for complex SoCs required.
  • Expert level understanding of Operating systems (Processors, Caches, Memories, Buses, etc) and the Linux kernel is required.
  • Experience developing software for complex multicore, multiprocessor SoCs.
  • Experience with debugging tools like GDB, JTAG, OpenOCD, required.
  • Experience with upstream development for Linux.
SiFive is proud to be an equal employment opportunity workplace. We offer a competitive compensation package that includes flexible paid time off; health, vision and dental benefits; 401(k) plan; employee stock option program, and much more.
We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.
If you yearn to be challenged and wish to work in an environment where the boundaries of your creativity and skills will be tested, then SiFive is the place for you!
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