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Software Engineer - Systems

DFINITY

DFINITY

Software Engineering
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, August 23, 2019

Do you love writing correct software, reasoning about space versus time, throughput and latency, and how your code runs on the bare metal? DFINITY is seeking experienced and aspiring systems software developers with backgrounds in operating systems, networking, databases, security, virtualization, or other related fields to help solve interesting problems at the intersection of security, scalability, performance, and ease of use.

Systems software developers at DFINITY work on a broad array of problems including:

  • Building a scalable, secure, and deterministic application runtime,
  • Installation, upgrade, and monitoring of our software across adversarial networks,
  • Monitoring and reasoning about the behavior of a network containing adversarial nodes
  • Automating all operations of the network to allow it to run “lights out”, not requiring human interventions

We know and respect that great software engineers come from a great variety of backgrounds. Where you come from is of interest to us, but what we care most about is what you can do.

Some of the things that may be helpful preparation for a role at DFINITY include:

  • Experience shipping significant software systems or tooling as part of a medium to large organization.
  • A deep understanding of at least one systems software language, like C, C++, or Rust. Our systems developers work primarily in Rust and WebAssembly (we will help you learn them).
  • Experience deploying and operating systems that run 24x7x365 and building the monitoring, alarming, and tooling required to keep them healthy. Experience building systems that software developers and end-users love.
  • A Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, or closely related field. The unique challenges at DFINITY have attracted many engineers with advanced degrees, however your practical experience is more important to us than your educational background.

What kind of engineers are we looking for?

  • First, we seek a passion for building quality production systems software and tools. Research is an important component of what we do, however our first passion is for changing the world by shipping software.
  • Second, we are looking for team players who enjoy working alongside other brilliant people to come up with the best solutions together.
  • Finally, curiosity and open mindedness are critical. No one has built one of these before! The problems are challenging, and we need innovators to help solve them.

Base Salary Range: $125,000 - $240,000/yr

This position can be considered across multiple levels. Total compensation at DFINITY consists of base salary + bonus and is determined based on multiple factors including job leveling, areas of expertise, educational background, geographic location and overall experience.

In addition to the cash components of our offers, we have generous benefits including top tier medical, dental, and vision insurance; disability insurance; life insurance; 401(k); flexible PTO policy; and 13 paid holidays.

About DFINITY and the Internet Computer:

The Internet Computer is the fastest and only infinitely scalable general-purpose blockchain — incubated and launched by the DFINITY Foundation in May 2021. A team of over 200 world-renowned cryptographers, distributed systems engineers, and programming language experts have taken on the massive technological challenge of building, maintaining, and continuously improving a ‘world computer’ powerful enough to host Web3 dApps, DeFi, games, NFTs, social media, and metaverse projects.

DFINITY was founded in 2016 by entrepreneur and crypto theoretician, Dominic Williams, and attracted interest and financial contributions from early members of the Ethereum community. Later, top-tier institutions such as Andreessen Horowitz, Polychain Capital, and SV Angel backed the Internet Computer in a collective effort to help build out Web3.

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.