Principal Embedded Linux Software Engineer in Portland, Oregon - #65084 | VanderHouwen

Portland, Oregon

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Job Id: 65084

Principal Embedded Linux Software Engineer
Our client is seeking a Principal Embedded Linux Software Engineer to join their organization. Are you a Linux expert?  Do you have a track record of driving key technology initiatives?  Are you passionate about real-time embedded systems?  If so, look no further.  The team is seeking a highly proactive individual who will help drive our client's custom Linux distribution for multiple client products and contribute to enabling hardware subsystems. As a Principal Embedded Linux Software Engineer, you will need to be a strong programmer with debugging skills that consider software and hardware. Solid build system experience including Yocto is highly desired.  Come work on cutting-edge embedded systems that are pushing the boundaries of what is possible in today’s factory automation and logistics environments.   

This role is a hybrid model in Portland, Oregon.
Principal Embedded Linux Software Engineer Responsibilities

  • Create Linux distributions to support our custom hardware platforms.
  • Provide system software support for our highly successful industrial machine vision products—DataMan, In-Sight, and SnAPP.
  • Construct reusable software modules that abstract the hardware peripherals.
  • Create and maintain common system services.
  • Validate and bring-up customer embedded hardware boards.
  • Produce manufacturing test software payloads.
  • Lead projects from analysis gathering, design, implementation, and product maintenance
  • Write new device drivers and other firmware to control of custom hardware (cameras, USB, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, I/O, power management, lighting, etc.)
  • Integrate device drivers into an embedded Linux system.
  • Implement communication protocols, internal data handling and management and means of configuring devices
  • Develop or modify overall distribution framework, supporting multiple custom embedded systems
  • Gather application details and requirements and synthesize into a flexible easy-to-use design
  • Occasional travel to Germany, Hungary, and the USA or customer sites.

Principal Embedded Linux Software Engineer Qualifications

  • Take on individual responsibilities and lead small teams.
  • Expert experience developing software in C/C++.
  • Experience with professional team software programming projects (development processes, source code control, formal bug tracking, etc.).
  • Expert experience with Linux on embedded systems.
  • Team player and with proven ability to work effectively on multi-site development projects (Germany, Hungary, USA).
  • Self-motivated, and able to work independently.


  • 5+ years experience with ARM based embedded systems, device drivers and low level system programming.
  • Experience in writing and working with software unit tests.
  • Experience with network stack, file system and memory management.
  • Experience with software licensing, security or cryptography technology.
  • Experience with Git, Python, Yocto.
  • Good presentation, communication, organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience with technical photography or other optics.


  • A minimum of 10 years of relevant professional software development experience.
  • Bachelors or master’s degree in computer science, electrical engineering, or other relevant technical discipline.

Salary: 125k-160k/year. (DOE)

Benefits are available to eligible full-time employees and include coverage for medical, dental, vision, life insurance, matching 401k, and tuition reimbursement.

About VanderHouwen 
VanderHouwen is an award-winning, Women-Owned, WBENC certified professional staffing firm. Founded in 1987, VanderHouwen has been successfully placing experienced professionals throughout the Pacific Northwest and nationwide. Our recruitment teams are highly specialized in either Technology and IT, Engineering, or Accounting and Finance career markets. Our recruiters value building meaningful, professional relationships with each candidate as well as developing honed knowledge of companies' staffing needs and workplaces. Partner with us to land your next exciting career.

VanderHouwen is an Equal Opportunity Employer and participates in E-Verify. VanderHouwen does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable local, state or federal civil rights laws.


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