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DigitalOcean // cloud infrastructure management
Engineering, Full Time    Remote: U.S. & Canada or Office Locations: Cambridge - MA, New York - NY, Palo Alto - CA    Posted: Thursday, May 13, 2021
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Do you ever wonder what happens inside the cloud?

Headquartered in New York but based around the world, DigitalOcean is a dynamic, high-growth technology company that serves a robust & passionate community of developers around the world. Our mission is to simplify cloud computing for every developer. We are working on solving some of the most challenging & interesting technology projects around, on a scale unmatched by most.

We want people who are passionate about designing & operating secure systems at scale.

We are looking for someone who is familiar with our stack, understands our tools, is comfortable working remote, enjoys working in open source, & is excited about our mission. 

At DO, we believe in: Creating simple, yet powerful, foundations (with ) from which our community can build

The Systems Kernel team delivers on this mission by ensuring DigitalOceans operating system is  performant, reliable, & secure.

Our Stack: C, Chef, Go, libvirt, Linux, KVM, OVS, QEMU

Our Tools: Concourse, Elasticsearch, GSuite, Jira, Prometheus, Slack

Our Team: The Systems team is currently made up of about two dozen, mostly senior, engineers located across the US, Canada, & Germany with one engineer in the NY office & is supported by a Senior Engineering Manager. The Kernel sub-team, supported by an Engineering Manager, accounts for approximately one-fourth of the Systems team.

What You'll Be Doing:

While work will vary based on quarterly priorities & initiatives, some examples include:

  • Scale one of the fastest growing cloud companies in the world
  • Triaging & fixing operating system issues impacting the performance, reliability, and/or security of our fleet
  • Improve all aspects of reliability, including monitoring, availability, & documentation
  • Debug mission critical problems in production
  • Design & develop new systems with an emphasis on minimized maintenance requirements, as well as maintain & enhance existing systems
  • Systems analysis design & debugging of new systems
  • Managing capacity, designing systems architecture & performing technology refreshes
  • Participate in production readiness reviews & provide feedback to engineering teams on best practices
  • Automate error-prone tasks to drive safety & determinism throughout complex distributed systems
  • Provide architecture & scaling guidance where necessary for all engineering teams
  • Participating in the customization & optimization of DOs virtualization stack which includes: kernel, kvm, qemu, & libvirt
  • 5-20% of your time spent in contributing to open source communities related to Linux kernel development

What We'll Expect From You:

  • Linux kernel expertise & upstream contribution
    • Note that there we recognize that there are many subsystems in the kernel, & although we would like to have specific expertise in storage-oriented subsystems, we will consider someone with experience in any linux kernel subsystem
    • Implementing bug fixes & live patches in the Linux kernel
    • Implementing new features in the Linux kernel
  • Experience troubleshooting, analyzing, & debugging linux kernel crashes
  • Experience as a software engineer / developer in a large scale, distributed environment
  • Experience writing secure, testable & robust C code
  • Desirable to have exposure to either of Golang or Python languages, but not required
  • Understanding of operating systems, virtualization, Linux internals, security & networking
  • Some experience proactively addressing software & systems reliability issues across all layers in the stack with the capacity to troubleshoot across network, database, OS & code as needed
  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills, with a desire to collaborate with a broad & diverse Systems team
  • An aim to design & build large, distributed systems
  • A dedication to solving problems & delivering solutions

Why Youll Like Working for DigitalOcean:

  • We value development. You will work with some of the smartest & most interesting people in the industry. We are a high-performance organization that is always challenging ourselves to continuously grow. We maintain a growth mindset in everything we do & invest deeply in employee development through formalized mentorship, LinkedIn Learning tracks, & other internal programs. We also provide all employees with reimbursement for relevant conferences, training, & education.
  • We care about your physical, financial & mental well-being. We offer competitive health, dental, & vision benefits for employees & their dependents, a monthly gym stipend to support your physical health, & a commute or internet allowance to make your trips to your office or your desk easier. We offer generous parental leave with transition time built-in upon return to work. We offer competitive compensation & a 401k plan with up to a 4% employer match. 
  • We support our remote employee experience. While we have great office spaces in NYC, Cambridge & Palo Alto, were very distributedwe use a number of communication tools to connect across the companyand all remote employees have the opportunity to visit our offices & meet their teams face-to-face at team offsites. We also have an annual company offsite, Shark Week, to get quality in-person time with the entire company at least once a year. We also allow employees to outfit their workstations to meet their needswhether remote or in office.
  • We value diversity & inclusivity. We are an equal opportunity employer & we do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

**This position may be located in NYC or Remote (but not in CO due to local CO job posting requirements)

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