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Staff Engineering, Firmware Verification Engineering (Longmont, CO)

Company: Western Digital
Location: Longmont
Posted on: June 24, 2022

Job Description:

Company Description

At Western Digital, our vision is to power global innovation and push the boundaries of technology to make what you thought was once impossible, possible.

At our core, Western Digital is a company of problem solvers. People achieve extraordinary things given the right technology. For decades, we've been doing just that. Our technology helped people put a man on the moon.

We are a key partner to some of the largest and highest growth organizations in the world. From energizing the most competitive gaming platforms, to enabling systems to make cities safer and cars smarter and more connected, to powering the data centers behind many of the world's biggest companies and public cloud, Western Digital is fueling a brighter, smarter future.

Binge-watch any shows, use social media or shop online lately? You'll find Western Digital supporting the storage infrastructure behind many of these platforms. And, that flash memory card that captures and preserves your most precious moments? That's us, too.

We offer an expansive portfolio of technologies, storage devices and platforms for business and consumers alike. Our data-centric solutions are comprised of the Western Digital -, G-Technology---, SanDisk - and WD - brands.

Today's exceptional challenges require your unique skills. It's You & Western Digital. Together, we're the next BIG thing in data.

Job Description

As a Staff Engineer in Firmware Verification Engineering, you will design and implement test cases for specific FW feature sets and verify product functionality and robustness across different scenarios, with a focus on white-box testing methodologies. You will work hand in hand with a product development team to understand product architecture, and internal features, and ensure product testability is considered throughout the design phase. As the product progresses, you will contribute to test strategy, work on test deployment, and help in performing failure analysis to debug FW/test issues to harden product FW. You are an independent problem solver with excellent communication skills who can work effectively as part of a cross-functional team. You have good proficiency in C and Python and are familiar with the PCIe/NVMe specs.

Essential Duties And Responsibilities

  • Own test modules through all phases of development: from analyzing requirements, writing test plans, conducting reviews, and implementing tests, to performing failure analysis and driving test deployment in a production environment.
  • Collaborate with the FW team on feature design reviews to identify key risk areas and create a comprehensive test strategy to validate the feature.
  • Develop tests to thoroughly validate FW features as part of a world-class validation team.
  • Work on validation initiatives with our internal partners to improve testing capability, efficiency, and robustness, including the development and deployment of new test infrastructure and automation.
  • Support automated testing on PCIe/NVMe storage products with FW/test builds and triage failures effectively to the root cause, whether it is a product, tests, infrastructure, automation, or other.
  • Participate in bug swarm meetings. Seek to understand problems, propose effective design-of-experiment to debug to root cause, and create new solutions/tests that succinctly resolve, isolate, and validate.
    • BS/MS degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or related field
    • BS + 4 years or MS + 3 years of related experience in HDD, SSD, semiconductor, or non-volatile memory development
    • Strong programming skills with experience in Python, C, or C++ programming
    • Experience with Agile development process
    • Understanding of embedded programming
    • Ability to learn quickly and work independently
    • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
    • Have a growth mindset and drive to continuously improve
    • PCIe/NVMe protocol familiarity
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications
    • Windows and Linux server storage environments
      Additional Information

      Western Digital thrives on the power and potential of diversity. As a global company, we believe the most effective way to embrace the diversity of our customers and communities is to mirror it from within. We believe the fusion of various perspectives results in the best outcomes for our employees, our company, our customers, and the world around us. We are committed to an inclusive environment where every individual can thrive through a sense of belonging, respect and contribution.

      Western Digital is committed to offering opportunities to applicants with disabilities and ensuring all candidates can successfully navigate our careers website and our hiring process. Please contact us at staffingsupport@wdc.com to advise us of your accommodation request. In your email, please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting as well as the job title and requisition number of the position for which you are applying.

      Compensation & Benefits Details
      • An employee's pay position within the salary range may be based on several factors including but not limited to (1) relevant education; qualifications; certifications; and experience; (2) skills, ability, knowledge of the job; (3) performance, contribution and results; (4) geographic location; (5) shift; (6) internal and external equity; and (7) business and organizational needs.
      • The salary range is what we believe to be the range of possible compensation for this role at the time of this posting. We may ultimately pay more or less than the posted range and this range is only applicable for jobs to be performed in Colorado or remote jobs that can be performed in Colorado. This range may be modified in the future.
      • You will also be eligible to participate in Western Digital's Short-Term Incentive (STI) Plan and to receive equity awards under our annual Long-Term Incentive (LTI) program, which consists of restricted stock units (RSUs), pursuant to the terms of these programs. RSU awards are also available to eligible new hires, subject to Western Digital's Standard Terms and Conditions for Restricted Stock Unit Awards.
      • We offer a comprehensive package of benefits including paid vacation time; paid sick leave; medical/dental/vision insurance; life, accident and disability insurance; tax-advantaged flexible spending and health savings accounts; employee assistance program; other voluntary benefit programs such as supplemental life and AD&D, legal plan, pet insurance, critical illness, accident and hospital indemnity; tuition reimbursement; transit; the Virgin Pulse Program; the Applause Program, employee stock purchase plan, and the Western Digital Savings 401(k) Plan.
      • Note: No amount of pay is considered to be wages or compensation until such amount is earned, vested, and determinable. The amount and availability of any bonus, commission, benefits, or any other form of compensation and benefits that are allocable to a particular employee remains in the Company's sole discretion unless and until paid and may be modified at the Company's sole discretion, consistent with the law.

Keywords: Western Digital, Longmont , Staff Engineering, Firmware Verification Engineering (Longmont, CO), Engineering , Longmont, Colorado

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