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Core OS Software Development Student - 4 Month Winter Term



Software Engineering
Ottawa, ON, Canada
Posted on Saturday, September 16, 2023

Worker Sub-Type:

Student (Fixed Term)

Job Description:

Today, BlackBerry® is a transformed company. We’re no longer about the smartphone, what we once did for smartphones is what we’re now doing for Enterprise of Things (EoT) – envisioning, enabling and securing new forms of communication that are connecting the business world in extraordinary new ways. We have the most complete and advanced end-to-end solutions to enable EoT, and our ideas lead the way in the hottest markets like cybersecurity, SaaS, neural networks and autonomous vehicles.

Today our software is trusted by the world’s most important organizations, including all of the G7, 16 of the G20, NATO, financial firms, healthcare providers and educational institutions. BlackBerry technology is further embedded in millions of ‘things.’ You can find BlackBerry in smart watches, medical devices, cars, trains, robots, smart meters, TV broadcast equipment, wind turbines, hydroelectric plants, pilot training simulators, mail-sorting machines to name a few.

Position Summary

As a member of the QNX Core-OS team, you will work at the heart of the most reliable and secure operating system in the world. You can contribute directly to an OS that controls systems in everything from infotainment systems to the internet, from medical devices to space systems, from manufacturing to nuclear power plants, and of course, in the next wave of self-driving cars. The Core-OS team is responsible for, among other things, kernel development, hypervisor development, memory management, process management, OS services, key libraries, and file systems.

You will be part of a group of co-ops working with the Core-OS team, coding in C for the operating system. You will also have opportunities to work on other OS projects. You will receive advanced training on C, operating systems, and QNX, and be paired with a mentor.

Location: Ottawa, ON

Length of Term: 4 Months

What you will do

Students will work as part of the Core OS team and participate in

  • Design discussions

  • Developing, debugging, and submitting code

  • Code reviews

  • Test creation/execution

  • Documentation

Who we are looking for

  • Currently pursuing a program of study in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or similar fields of study

  • All development will be done in C; therefore good knowledge of C is required

  • Strong problem solving and debugging skills

  • Good communication skills including verbal, written, and interpersonal

  • High degree of motivation and ability to work both independently and in a team environment

Above and beyond

  • Familiarity with QNX, BSD, Linux or other UNIX-like operating systems.

  • Familiarity with software debug/analysis tools such as gdb

  • Understanding of how user level processes work across each layer of the operating system, including process and thread life cycles, memory management, system calls, and inter-process communication

  • Understanding of operating system concepts, including scheduling, concurrency, and resource management

  • Understanding of multi-cpu, multi-threaded architectures and real-time systems

  • Knowledge of operating system architecture

Student Life at Blackberry

  • Growth Mindset: employees have access to skills training and professional development courses, mentorship programs as well as unlimited access to our on-demand learning platform.
  • Commitment to Wellness: employees have access to events that support physical, mental and financial wellness. We host wellness sessions, fitness courses, discounts to local gyms and offer a 24/7 Employee Assistant Program (EAP).
  • Highly collaborative teams and a supportive workplace environment, with organization-wide events and a student social committee.

See more about the student program at BlackBerry over on our Instagram @BlackBerryStudentLife

An Absolute Commitment to Equality

It is the policy of BlackBerry to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment based on race, colour, creed, religion, national origin, alienage or citizenship, status, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or domestic/civil partnership status, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by law.

EEO Minorities/Females/Protected Veteran/Disabled

BlackBerry strives to create an accessible and inclusive application and selection process and is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to job applicants who may require provisions to participate in the selection process. Should you require an accommodation, please contact to discuss your needs.

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