Would you like to be paid to work on GHC?
NOTE: the deadline for applications has now passed. Thanks to everyone who applied, we'll be contacting applicants shortly.
The Glasgow Haskell Compiler (GHC) is now being used by so many people, on so many platforms, that at GHC HQ we've been struggling to keep up. We're delighted to say that we are now looking to hire a GHC support engineer to work with us.
Here is how we envisage working together:
- You would work 3-5 days a week on GHC (details flexible).
- You don't need to live in Cambridge, but we would like you to visit every few months, so that we build up a face-to-face relationship.
- You'll be a self-employed consultant, not a Microsoft employee. You bill us; we pay you.
- The position is a one year fixed term contract in the first instance.
- GHC is, and will remain, an open-source project with a BSD-style license.
We are looking for help with the role of supporting GHC in the field. Specifically, here's what the job involves:
- Investigating, prioritising and fixing bugs, improving the test suite
- Managing the STABLE branch of the source tree
- Managing the GHC release cycle
- Keeping the GHC web site up to date
- Answering questions from GHC users
- Helping to support the open-source community that works on GHC itself
We're particularly looking for someone who is experienced in a variety of operating system platforms and libraries. You should be able to deal with questions like "I try to build GHC on Solaris 2.3.4 and get `undefined symbol _readline'"; or "How do I link to DLLs on Windows?"; or "does the ByteString? library in GHC 6.2.1 do XXX?". The role will not primarily involve working on GHC's core; it's the parts round the edges that you would mainly focus on. You must be able to read and write Haskell, but we don't expect that you'll need to write a great deal of Haskell code. C and 'make' experience are important too.
Above all, we are looking for someone who is enthusiastic about Haskell, and fired up about the prospect of becoming a GHC expert.
If you are interested, please send your CV and a statement of why you would be a good fit for the job, to our Human Resources Department. We're happy to accept informal enquiries of course: please contact Simon Marlow or Simon Peyton Jones for further information.
The rate of pay is dependent on qualifications and experience. It'll be fun!
Simon Peyton Jones and Simon Marlow