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SSD Firmware Technologist

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Location: Irvine, CA, United States 
Req ID: JR-0000027495


The  enterprise SSD Flash Translation Layer(FTL) firmware group at WDC is looking for motivated individuals to join the excitement of developing industry-leading performance PCIe/NVMe SSD products. As a member of our team who always stays at the forefront of the technology trend, you are encouraged to contribute in a fast paced, high energy and forward thinking team that is multi-site based and culturely diversified.


This position is a technical lead role. Your are expected to:

  • Become a FTL domain expert and lead the technical direction of the team.
  • Oversee the design and implementation of FTL functional modules within the SSD firmware system.
  • Lead the effort of validating/debugging certain firmware issues.
  • Coordinate among team members on the technical aspects and drive daily team activity to meet the design requirements and delivery milestones.
  • Interface with other FW function teams that span all aspects of SSD firmware design.
  • Establish proper development processes/procedures/workflows within the team.


  • BS Degree in Engineering or related field.
  • Proven track record of delivering key features in embedded systems and embedded firmware development in C. Proven experience in ARM-based SoCs is a plus.
  • Strong Experience in debugging embedded systems with a variety of tools (Logic and Protocol Analyzers, JTAG, etc).
  • Strong analytical skills and critical thinking in solving complex issues that often demand cross-domain knowledge.
  • Solid background in computer algorithms and data structure.
  • Excellent communications skills and presentation ability, both in verbal and in writing.
  • Prior experience in NAND and SSD controllers is highly desireable.
  • Knowledge of NAND media, SSD FTL, wear leveling, journalling, garbage collection, error management and other key solid storage design concepts is a strong plus.
  • Familiar with Agile/Scrum project management methodology.