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OpenJ9 Software Developer - Coop (Ottawa, ON)

Ottawa, Ontario
Internship, Co-op

Change the world at IBM.

There aren't many companies who can say they have been an integral part of the global business landscape for more than a century. While the world has changed considerably over the past 100 years, IBM, our people and our offerings have continuously led the way with business and technology innovation.

Today, we are more than a hardware, software and services provider, yet we remain true to our heritage as a team of collaborative forward-thinkers, focused on making business and society work better. We are part of the fabric of everyday life and stand for world-changing progress.

Join a company where you can make an impact and literally change the world. With so many different opportunities available – the sky is the limit!

*This position resides in Ottawa, Ontario and is a 4 or 8 (co-op) month work term commencing January 2019. It is mandatory that all applicants are enrolled in full-time studies at a post-secondary institution and returning to full-time studies upon completion of the work term.

What IBM Offers You?

  1. Work directly on product and services that affect our clients, while having access to cutting edge software technology
  2. Work on projects which are challenging, innovative and rewarding
  3. A business casual dress code and flexible work hours, to ensure work-life balance
  4. Access to the Future Blue Community - IBM's large student community that provides networking opportunities, sporting and social events.

It is a mandatory requirement for students to apply online at

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Come design and innovate with us on the open-source OpenJ9 code base at

We want to collaborate with you and other software developers who are enthusiastic about working at the language runtime level. We are an agile team working on many different technologies including the IBM Java Virtual Machine. Over the course of your term you will gain a deeper understanding of programming languages in your development role. You will learn about garbage collection, interpretation, virtualization and platform exploitation, all in the context of virtual machines for interpreted languages.

The OpenJ9 team is enthusiastic, curious and interested in different languages like Java, JavaScript and Swift. We work on a variety of architectures (x86, POWER, z/Architecture, ARM) and operating systems (Linux, Windows, OS X, AIX, z/OS). The OpenJ9 code base is the foundation of many IBM products and being increasingly adopted by many other application and hardware vendors.

The development environment is predominantly C and C++, but a proficiency and willingness to go down to the assembly language level is encouraged. Polyglot skills are an asset, as we work in a variety of dynamic scripting languages. OpenJ9 developers contribute to all aspects of software development including initial design and development, performance analysis, tuning and testing, as well as assisting our customer support teams with problem determination and delivering fixes..

While the team environment is highly collaborative, individuals are also expected to operate with a level of autonomy and responsibility that leads to quality software practices and delivering business results.

We deliver software the world runs on. Will you join us and help shape the future for runtime technologies?

This role will involve working with technology that is covered by embargo Export Regulations. If you are a Foreign National from any of the following embargoed countries (Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria) on a work permit, you are not eligible for employment in this position.

Required Technical and Professional Expertise

  • Co-op or internship program enrollment is mandatory
  • Knowledge of the software development cycle

Preferred Tech and Prof Experience

  • A healthy combination of the following expertise is desired:
  • Experience with Windows and/or Linux operating systems
  • Experience with C, C++, Java, and/or scripting languages
  • Knowledge of assembly language programming

EO Statement

IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.