J9 Virtual Machine Developer - Co-op

Ottawa, Ontario
Student Jobs, Co-op

Are you a student of the world?

Are you ready to build your career, not just your résumé?

Do you think the world can work smarter?

IBM is looking for people to work alongside the best and brightest minds in the world to build a smarter planet.

The following student positions are a part of IBM Canada's EPIC (Employment Pathways to Interns & Co-ops) Student Program. These positions are only open to students registered in a Canadian University or College program, who have completed a minimum of 2 years of their degree or diploma program, and who must be returning to full-time study upon the completion of the temporary IBM work term.

This Student Position resides in Ottawa and is a 4 month work term commencing September 2015

Main Responsibilities for J9 Virtual Machine Developer include:

We are looking for software developers who are enthusiastic about working at the language runtime level as part of the IBM Java Virtual Machine team. We are a driven team that works on many different technologies at once and has a high rate of innovation and delivery. Technologies that we build and influence includes garbage collection, interpretation, virtualization and platform exploitation, all in the context of virtual machines for interpreted languages. Our team members are enthusiastic, curious types that are interested in different languages and working with the internals at the runtime layer. We work on a variety of architectures (x86, POWER, z/Architecture, ARM) and operating systems (Linux, Windows, OS X, AIX, z/OS). Our work is part of the foundation of many of IBM's products and its strategic directions.

You should be comfortable in an environment that is predominantly C and C++ based, but you should also show proficiency and willingness to go down to the assembly language level. Polyglot skills are an asset, as we work in a variety of dynamic scripting languages. You will be expected to contribute to performance analysis and tuning, as well as work with our customer support teams to assist with problem determination and delivering fixes. We have a team environment where work and design is collaborative, but also where individuals are 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 be a part of our team and help shape the future?


  • Experience with Windows and/or Linux operating systems
  • Experience with C, C++, and/or Java
  • Knowledge of assembly language programing
  • Knowledge of the software development cycle
  • Understanding of software engineering
  • Demonstrates verbal and written communications skills
  • Co-op or internship program enrollment an asset

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 is challenging and rewarding

3. Access to obtain IBM Product Certification during work term

4. A casual dress code and flexible work hours, to ensure work-life balance

5. Future Blue - IBM's large student community that provides networking opportunities, sporting and social events.

Students must apply to in addition to their university job board (if applicable) in order to be considered for the position. It is highly recommended to include your transcript (official or unofficial) to complement your application.

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, Syria) on a work permit you are not eligible for employment in this position.

  • High School Diploma/GED
  • English: Fluent
  • Pre-University qualification
How to Apply