Wanted: thesis worker for embedded Linux Kernel development

14Jan09

I just knew that the Maemo team is looking for a bright mind close to finishing Master’s studies and ready to begin thesis work.

You have some previous experience from writing Linux kernel code or with device drivers either through work assignments or hobby projects. It is important that you are keen to become a kernel developer who is recognized by the open source community.

Read the full position for more details. I was also surprised to see 35 open positions as we speak.

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9 Responses to “Wanted: thesis worker for embedded Linux Kernel development”

  1. > I was also surprised to see 35 open positions as we speak.

    Well, many of those open positions are located in Finnland, which has long winters, cold weather and extra ordinary high living costs. Not exactly the place people like to work at.

  2. I’m surprised by the fact that there are so many positions offered currently, not by the fact that it is not easy to convince people to fill them. Lately the news about jobs tend to go the other way round.

    However, having moved to Finland myself from sunny Andalucía I can tell that working here is exciting. Sure, the weather is not as good. I don’t complain about the pay (in Spain prices are cheaper and so are the salaries). I’m really excited about the work we do and this is what matters to me.

  3. This gets back to what I’ve said before (especially at the summit), if Nokia were to relax their work from home policies they could attract a lot more candidates.

    With the communication channels provided by today’s technologies (email, irc, video conferencing, VOIP e.t.c) and the cheapish air fairs, there really is no need to have someone sat in an office 5 days a week. That being said I do understand the secrecy especially when it comes to hardware and where it is physically allowed to be taken but a lot of the open positions could be filled by remote workers.

  4. 4 Stefan Constantinescu

    The Maemo guys get so much done because they’re all, mostly, in the same building. It helps, a lot.

  5. Of course, for the people who don’t want to move to Helsinki, it’s often possible to work on much the same stuff, at least if you are a developer, via one of the companies that Nokia uses as sub-contractors, such as Openismus (Germany), Collabora and Codethink (UK), Igalia (Spain), and Imendio (Sweden), and some of those sub-contract even further to people in other countries.

    Though Helsinki has its own peculiar charm, Berlin certainly has more to offer.

  6. I like the topic of decentralization and delocalization of work, and I actually never loose a chance to discuss this with HHRR. Nokia has locations in many countries and there are units with teams and team members spread all over. That also has its drawbacks, according to the people working that way.

    Dealing with secret plans and protos makes many things dependent of a physical space. Being a Nokia employee and being based “where the stuff happens” you can have more insights about future plans, be involved and have more influence over them. To me this pays off being in Helsinki during these exciting years.

    Having a permanent contract in a relatively stable and healthy company is not a guarantee of anything nowadays, but it does have a weight when growing your little kids (when I didn’t have them working for a big company was anything but interesting compared to self-employment or small entrpreneurships).

    Perhaps one level could be to make more use of existing Nokia premises in more locations, some of them pretty interesting. For instance, when Nokia acquired Trolltech I counldn’t avoid to think “keep those offices in Berlin!”

    Another possibility would be to continue with the trend of hiring people under the maemo.org flag for positions 100% related with free software projects. For that you don’t even need to be a Nokia employee with the full set of NDAs. A thin layer of confidentiality is enough to have some internal context about your work, unannounced deadlines, etc.

    And subcontracting is of course another possibility. You win the range of locations and even the possibility of working from wherever if you agree that with your manager, but you also loose some of the deepest involvement in future plans.

  7. 7 Randall Arnold

    Jamie said: “This gets back to what I’ve said before (especially at the summit), if Nokia were to relax their work from home policies they could attract a lot more candidates.”

    I worked largely from home for Nokia for over a year until my position was eliminated. The policy *used* to be very generous. That has reversed very suddenly and recently… ironically, at a point where the technology to support remote working is better than ever.

    Go figure.

  8. Being Maemo an R&D team, most positions imply that you have to deal with boards & protos a big % of the year. As long as you only need a laptop and a mobile device, employees have the flexibility to stay days at home, to work from somewhere else during a week or two and so on, but being always pinned to a site.

    At the end I think the problem is not the fact that you can’t be a delocalized worker but the fact that the election of sites for the vast majority of Maemo positions are in Finland.

    We wouldn’t have this discussion if the options would include also the sites in Berlin, London, White Plains and Mountain View.

  9. Yes, as I speculate in my own blog I believe the future of the IRVING site is not good. ; )

    http://tabulacrypticum.wordpress.com/2009/01/22/nokia-3-irving/



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