Senior Software Systems Engineer

Apple Cupertino, California
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March 3, 2023
Cupertino, California


Posted: Jan 31, 2023

Weekly Hours: 40

Role Number:200459645

Here in Sensing and Connectivity we work on a diverse set of fundamental technologies that are critical to making Apple Apple. We help integrate wireless technologies such as WiFi, Bluetooth and Ultra-Wideband into compelling solutions. We take data from the world around us such as acceleration, orientation and location to provide more immersive experiences. iPhone, iPad, AirPods, Apple Watch, Mac, Apple TV, HomePod, AirTag, name an Apple product and our team has made major contributions to its success!

Key Qualifications

  • Implements kernel drivers for large operating systems
  • Demonstrates in-depth knowledge of C and C++
  • Has a deep interest in system programming concepts, e.g. memory and process management
  • Familiar with buses such as UART/USB/SPI/PCIe
  • Delivers on time under tight schedules
  • Has excellent analytical, programming and debugging skills
  • Handles unexpected challenges under pressure
  • Thrives in a collaborative environment and can clearly communicate technical details
  • Leads multiple projects across many teams
  • Seeks to solve everyday problems in innovative ways as a passion
  • Drives towards the right solution not just any solution


The Sensing and Connectivity Systems Engineering team is actively looking for a highly motivated Software Engineer to design and build Apple's future sensing and connectivity products. A successful candidate will demonstrate deep knowledge of kernel driver development, embedded firmware development, operating system level debugging and a desire to work in C and C++. Our team builds technologies that define industry standards, and therefore we seek people who thrive in an innovative environment. Tenacity and the passion to learn are skills we value in our team. If you want to impact the future world of Apple products by working on the most advanced hardware and operating system solutions, we want to talk to you. Our team is responsible for many aspects of our sensing and connectivity platforms. As part of the team, you will learn deep internals of operating system and platform design as well as help improve the fundamentals in these systems through resolving challenging problems. As part of our team, you will do the following: - Architect and define the next generation of sensing and connectivity solutions - Design and develop drivers for custom hardware - Design full-stack solutions for inter-chip communication schemes - Optimize end-to-end data path to: - maximize throughput - minimize packet latency - minimize CPU utilization - minimize power utilization - Design system software for chipset boot and lifecycle management - Bring-up connectivity chipsets on new platforms - Triage and debug customer critical issues - Work closely with cross-functional hardware, technology, and operating system teams

Education & Experience

Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or equivalent with operating system focus desired.

Additional Requirements

Pay & Benefits

  • At Apple, base pay is one part of our total compensation package and is determined within a range. This provides the opportunity to progress as you grow and develop within a role. The base pay range for this role is between $130,000 and $242,000, and your base pay will depend on your skills, qualifications, experience, and location.

    Apple employees also have the opportunity to become an Apple shareholder through participation in Apple's discretionary employee stock programs. Apple employees are eligible for discretionary restricted stock unit awards, and can purchase Apple stock at a discount if voluntarily participating in Apple's Employee Stock Purchase Plan. You'll also receive benefits including: Comprehensive medical and dental coverage, retirement benefits, a range of discounted products and free services, and for formal education related to advancing your career at Apple, reimbursement for certain educational expenses - including tuition. Additionally, this role might be eligible for discretionary bonuses or commission payments as well as relocation. Learn more about Apple Benefits.

    Note: Apple benefit, compensation and employee stock programs are subject to eligibility requirements and other terms of the applicable plan or program.

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