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Amazon Optical Network Development Engineer, AWS Networking NPD Interconnects Team in Cupertino, California


As a member of The Amazon Network Infrastructure team, you’ll have a unique opportunity to shape the development of one of the world’s largest and most complex optical networks. With Amazon Web Services our goal is to become “The Infrastructure Platform” to the world. Our customers demand the highest quality and reliability for their services.

Our networks will enable us to continue to scale the existing services, and to enable new services. You’ll be chartered with leading the development of innovative optical solutions, which will change how we build optical infrastructure to support Amazon’s ever growing capacity requirements. You’ll drive a step-change in Amazon’s ability to provision, manage and monitor the network.

Key job responsibilities

· Collaborate with vendors/manufacturers to evaluate new hardware and software features and come up with implementation plans for incorporating them into the network.

· Collaborate with vendors/manufactures in defining and developing test plan for optical modules.

· Automate optical test plans and qualify optical modules.

· Work with network operations team in identifying operation issues and improving quality and RMA process.

· Create metrics and monitoring for optical modules deployed in the fleet

10% Travel Required

A day in the life

On an everyday basis as part of our team, you have the unique opportunity to understand the growing AWS network and our internal customers’ requirement on interconnect solutions. You'll work backwards to devise hardware solutions by influencing the broad industry and/or to develop software tools with sister teams to maintain a highly available network that delights AWS customers. You design and implement processes and mechanisms that both help the team to deliver business impact to the organization in a systemic way, while also helping to raise the bar on our operational excellence.

About the team

Within AWS Networking the NPD (Network Product Development) organization is responsible for, designing the hardware, building the software, and owning the interconnects for the routers that power the global AWS network. Beyond product delivery we actively manage the fleet or routers in a network that grows by 70% annually. This means tracking key business and operational metrics to ensure that we operate smoothly and minimize or eliminate customer impact due to device related issues for a transparent AWS customer experience.

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Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Physics or Computer Engineering, or equivalent

  • 3+ years of expertise in optics and optical communications

  • 1+ years of experience with optical systems, optical transcribers and transmission systems

  • 1+ years of experience developing test scripts for optics validation and characterization

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD or Masters preferred

  • Expertise in hardware and systems design and development

  • Expertise in debugging and troubleshooting

  • Experience writing software that controls network routing functions

  • Meets/exceeds Amazon’s leadership principles requirements for this role

  • Meets/exceeds Amazon’s functional/technical depth and complexity for this role

  • Meets/exceeds Amazon’s leadership principles requirements for this role

  • Meets/exceeds Amazon’s functional/technical depth and complexity for this role

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Our compensation reflects the cost of labor across several US geographic markets. The base pay for this position ranges from $102,700/year in our lowest geographic market up to $185,000/year in our highest geographic market. Pay is based on a number of factors including market location and may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. Amazon is a total compensation company. Dependent on the position offered, equity, sign-on payments, and other forms of compensation may be provided as part of a total compensation package, in addition to a full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits. For more information, please visit This position will remain posted until filled. Applicants should apply via our internal or external career site.