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Job ID: JR0148969
Job Category: Engineering
Primary Location: Boulder, CO US
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Senior Firmware Validation Engineer (SK)

Job Description

This position is associated with the sale of Intel’s NAND memory and storage business to SK Hynix (You can read more about the transaction in the press release - The transaction will enhance the resources and potential of the business’ storage solutions, including client and enterprise SSDs, in the rapidly growing NAND Flash space amid the era of big data.  

This is an exciting time to be at Intel – come join our Data Center NAND Division as a Senior Firmware Validation Engineer and work on one of the most advanced 3DNAND and SSD technology portfolios in the world. As the global leader in the semiconductor industry, Intel possesses many industry-leading SSD technologies including the most capable Quadruple Level Cell (QLC) NAND Flash products. As a Senior Firmware Validation Engineer, you will be part of a world-class team that will transition to lead the SSD business at SK Hynix.   

This position aligns to Phase 1 of the transaction, which includes the 3DNAND enterprise and client SSD business. Phase 1 is expected to close in late 2021, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary conditions. At deal close, all employees aligned to this phase of the transaction will transition to SK Hynix.

Intel is currently seeking Senior Firmware Validation professionals to join a growing team working on validating next generation Solid State Disk (SSD) solutions within our Non-volatile Memory Solutions Group.

In this position you will join a fast paced team developing new validation software for Intel® Solid State Drives (SSD).  You will utilize and grow your experience in validating architecture, external interfaces, and product constraints, along with ability to validate architectures/features that meet these constraints while providing new value for the platform.  You will design, develop, and verify validation software and tests in an embedded systems environment and review and maintain the validation ecosystem utilizing Python/Perl/C/C++. You will use and gain experience in storage interface standards such as SATA, SAS, PCIe, and NVMe. The team utilizes the Agile development methodologies, therefore, excellent communication skills and the ability to work closely with team members, both locally and across the organization is required.

As a Senior Firmware Validation Engineer, regular responsibilities include but are not be limited to:

  • Develop, review, document, and maintain source code in Python/C/C++
  • Analyze and develop validation tests for internal and external (customer) specifications
  • Define, develop and implement firmware validation test plans and test content with deep comprehension of firmware algorithms and customer specifications
  • Integrate tests into an automated test environment, and collaborate with test execution teams to drive validation plans/strategy
  • Review, track and document test results and failures
  • Triage failures, recommend and/or implement solutions
  • Work closely with internal teams such as ASIC and firmware development to drive resolution of firmware and system bugs
  • Identify opportunities for improvements, and drive improved validation methodologies within the team
  • Work with project stakeholders to turn product requirements into development and validation plans
  • Participate in and role model an Agile/Kanban development culture which emphasizes product quality, team accountability, and continuous improvement
  • Coordinate priorities and activities with other engineering stakeholders to accomplish committed milestones

A successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • The ability to listen, understand and respond professionally to partner questions and issues while building trust
  • Excellent written and presentation skills
  • A history of self-starting and effective multitasking, with strong influencing and leadership skills

Colorado Pay Transparency Law requires that Intel discloses the compensation for jobs which could be performed in Colorado. Intel anticipates that the annual base pay range for this role in Colorado is Min $130020 - Max $195420 In addition to base pay, regular Intel employees are eligible for an Annual Performance Bonus (“APB”) and Quarterly Profit Bonus (“QPB”). Payout of APB is subject to eligibility and other program conditions as well as the Company’s performance to its operational and financial goals. Payout of QPB connects Intel’s employees to the quarterly profits of the Company. Employees in eligible sales and marketing positions receive commission in lieu of APB but are eligible for QPB. Information about these bonus programs as well as the host of expansive stock, health, retirement and vacation benefits offered to Intel employees are available here. Interns and Intel Contract Employees are not eligible for APB or QPB or for some employee benefits including, but not limited to, disability, life insurance, retirement, equity and certain leave programs.


The below minimum qualifications must be met to be considered for this position.  Preferred qualifications are in addition to the minimum requirements and are considered a plus factor in identifying top candidates.


The candidate must have a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Computer Science or a related field

Minimum Requirements:

  • 6+ years of experience in software or firmware development experience in an embedded systems validation environment with programming in Python/C/C++
  • 6+ years of experience in experience in developing, reviewing, and implementing test plans
  • 6+ years of experience of software validation concepts and coverage analysis tools
  • 6+ years of experience in developing unit tests for code coverage and quality validation

Preferred Requirements:

  • Storage industry (SSDs or enterprise storage)
  • Validation development techniques utilizing hardware and firmware tools
  • Exposure to commercial product development/validation environment
  • Structured software development and practices, analytical problem solving, innovation and a mindset of continuous improvement
  • Enterprise storage interface protocols (e.g., SATA, SAS, PCIe, and NVMe)
  • SSD or enterprise storage device security protocols and techniques (e.g., Opal, ESSC, and AES)
  • Software/firmware development processes including workflow and continuous integration validation
  • DevOps process strategies, tools and execution, from code check-in through Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery
  • Project planning, estimation, and risk management
  • Customer requirements definition, clarification, and technical assessment

Inside this Business Group

Non-Volatile Solutions Memory Group:  The Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group is a worldwide organization that delivers NAND flash memory products for use in Solid State Drives (SSDs), portable memory storage devices, digital camera memory cards, and other devices.  The group is responsible for NVM technology design and development, complete Solid State Drive (SSD) system hardware and firmware development, as well as wafer and SSD manufacturing.

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