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#237915 24-Jun-2018 11:12
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Advanced hardware programmer (8+ years) in nice but expensive small city, Cambridge near Hamilton. Some travel.

I saw this job on Seek. I suspect Nyriad Limited are going to have a very hard time filling it, given it's location and advanced programming skills.

The location is Cambridge, which is a nice, but expensive, place to live, near Hamilton. in 2016, the house prices jumped by 45%. In 2017 the median house price was $600,000.

If I was the owner, I would have set up near a major airport, or cheaper city, like in the Northland. Cambridge seem like the worst choice of high house prices + remote location. I guess the owner lives there, and doesn't want to move.

There also asking for "availability to travel domestically or internationally when needed," which could be annoying for some.


"* A BSc in Computer Sciences or equivalent

* 8+ years experience as a Software Developer

* Proven experience in CPU software development using object-oriented languages

* Development experience under Linux"


"We award extra points for candidates with a good understanding of:

* Linux Kernel and device driver development

* Cloud development, data center, and storage concepts

* Designing software using methods such as UML

* Test-driven development for automated functional and unit testing

* Applying good SDLC practices within an Agile environment

* Designing the software architecture for a variety of projects

* Operating Systems, Storage Systems, GPU and parallel processing techniques, databases, and SQL
Amazon Web Services (AWS)

* Jenkins, Docker, Vagrant, and Kubernetes technologies.

* A good understanding of multi-threaded environments and network principles

* Experience in C/C++/CUDA/Python or Golang

* Proven experience in GPU software development"

No word on salary from Nyriad Limited, but if it were me, I'd be asking for $100,000 or better, and $5,000 relocation costs, given the specialized skills, high cost of housing in the city, probable relocation, and lastly with no chance of starting at a new firm in the area.

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  #2043112 24-Jun-2018 12:06
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Cambridge nowadays is a bit of an upmarket dormitory suburb of Hamilton (hence high house prices). It wouldn't be hard to live in Hamilton (or any of the surrounding small towns (Matamata, Tirau, Morrinsville, Te Awamutu, etc) and commute to Cambridge. But it does sound like they want every skill under the sun. I suspect the "CPU" in the ad is a typo, and they meant "GPU". "CPU" doesn't make sense in that context, and they have a product which is a "GPU-accelerated alternative to RAID".


But yes, I'd expect a $100K+ salary should be on offer, which apparently it isn't. OTOH, they do offer "All Nyriad staff will be provided with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as free snacks and coffee. We also provide many health and fitness opportunities which our staff are welcome to take part in. " which would be nice perks for a single person.




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  #2043145 24-Jun-2018 15:49
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Call me suspicious of Americans, but in Silicon Valley giving meals at work is actually an indication it's a "churn-and-burn" shop.

Considering the EMC, NetApp, Dell and Nutanix have long histories, and the various cloud offerings, I have my doubts about any new storage startup, unless it's amazingly cheap, robust and handles upgrades nicely. I know some storage engineers struggle every time their more mature SAN's are upgraded.

"Kiwi startup Nyriad unleashes new computer processing technology"

by Fiona Rotherham

"Cambridge-based startup Nyriad has developed a new technology for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope in Australia.

...The problem Nyriad is helping solve is how to store, process and analyse astronomical streaming bits of data collected throughout the multi-decade project.

Nyriad was formed in 2014 by American expatriate Alex St John ... and Kiwi ... Matthew Simmons. ,,,

They started with a few students learning mutli-core or parallel programming in St John’s garage in Cambridge...

ICRAR is working with Nyriad to quantify the performance and efficiency of its storage processing, which reduces unnecessary data movement by performing both data processing and storage together on Graphics Processing Units (GPUs).


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