Freelance Sr Java Engineer

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Want to be part of the Engineering team of Western Digital, with a development center in Belgium, Ghent?

Want to work on their latest Object Storage systems that delivers storage capacity up to 52 PetaByte ?

Want to write software for the ActiveScale Productline ?

Would you like to work on the forefront of Hadoop, Big Data, and Open Source

Western Digital’s Hadoop team works on Apache Hadoop to better integrate it with our world class S3 compatible Object Storage system. Our contributions have been focused on HDFS and S3 connectivity.

This is a role dealing upstream open source contributions and is a unique opportunity to make your mark in a high profile open source project and help defining the direction of the large-scale storage systems of the future.

 Position Responsibilities

  • Taking Product Management's input on new features and product enhancements, and translating this into well tested and well architected implementations.

  • Through our Agile development process driving features from demo's to production ready code through several iterations.

  • Assisting our Customer Support team with troubleshooting issues and optimizing Customers' setups

  • Create well documented code which is quality assured by unit, component and integration testing code which are run through our Continuous Integration Environments in order to avoid any regression and give you instant feedback on what you've written.

  • Iterate on improving design and functionality and get the liberty and opportunity to step outside the beaten path on our quarterly hackatons.

  • Whatever you create, as long as it's created from the perspective of our Customers, you'll create value and get their appreciation for it.



Required Skillset

  • Master in computer science, physics, mathematics or equivalent through experience

  • At least 3 years of experience with programming production level software in Java


Skills considered a plus

  • Experience developing distributed systems

  • Prior experience with Hadoop, Spark, and/or other components in the ecosystem

  • Understanding of Cloud and Enterprise storage concepts and products



  • You enjoy working with other people and delivering features as a team. When the team is at risk of missing out on its commitment, you'll help out even if that means stepping out of your comfort zone.

  • You're familiar with getting open feedback from your peers through code review and pair programming

  • You’re used to working in a team with clear coding guidelines and high standards for code.

  • You enjoy working with people from other cultures and timezones

  • You like working in an environment that appreciates humor, fun and off-work activities.



Belgium, Gent, Ghelamco Arena

Only open for applicants with an EU worker permit.

Contingent worker position with 1 year contract duration

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