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Software Engineer (SmartNIC,Embedded C)



Software Engineering
Cambridge, MA, USA
Posted on Saturday, May 4, 2024

Founded by mathematicians and cyber defense experts in 2013, Darktrace is a global leader in cyber security AI, delivering complete AI-powered solutions in its mission to free the world of cyber disruption. We protect more than 8,400 customers from the world’s most complex threats, including ransomware, cloud, and SaaS attacks.

Our roots lie deep in innovation. The Darktrace AI Research Centre based in Cambridge, UK, has conducted research establishing new thresholds in cyber security, with technology innovations backed by over 130 patents and pending applications. The company’s European R&D center is located in The Hague, Netherlands.

Headquartered in Cambridge, UK, Darktrace has more than 2,400 employees located globally. Customers include public sector agencies, education institutions, media, organizations supplying critical infrastructure, and businesses of all sizes worldwide.

This is an excellent opportunity to join a fast-growing company, named one of TIME magazine’s “Most Influential Companies” for 2021 and one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative AI Companies” in 2022. For more information on our cutting-edge technology, visit darktrace.com.

We are seeking a talented and experienced SmartNIC Developer to join our team. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience with programmable network cards for CPU offloaded processing, strong embedded C skills, and a deep familiarity with DPDK. This role will involve writing and optimizing code for SmartNICs and userspace software to process network traffic.

This role offers a hybrid setup, with a minimum requirement of two days per week in our Cambridge office.

More about the role

In this role you will be developing, Optimizing, and maintaining code for SmartNICs.

  • Write and maintain NIC drivers.
  • Collaborate with the team to design and implement high-performance network traffic processing solutions.
  • Troubleshoot and resolve complex networking issues.
  • Continually stay up-to-date with industry trends and emerging technologies.


We welcome applications from candidates who have a proven experience developing for SmartNICs.

  • A strong proficiency in embedded C.- Extensive experience with programmable network cards.- Working knowledge of the DPDK library, experience with eBPF is also desirable.
  • Experience optimizing code for SmartNICs.Experience writing kernel drivers (optional).
  • Have strong problem-solving skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work well in a team.


  • 23 days holiday + all public holidays. Increasing to 25 days after 2 years of service.
  • Additional day off for your birthday.
  • Private medical insurance.
  • Life insurance.
  • Pension – 4% employer contribution.
  • Enhanced family leave.
  • Confidential employee Support.
  • Cycle to work scheme.