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Posted 7 months ago

Mission

Platform.sh is a groundbreaking hosting and development tool for web applications. We’re a European VC-Backed startup with a host of blue-chip Enterprise clients and a string of awards and grants (including €2m from the EU Horizon 2020 program). To reinforce our technical prowess, we are looking to grow our engineering team. If you’re looking for an exciting, high-growth opportunity with an award-winning, cutting-edge company, this could be just the job for you.

The company is fully distributed and remote first, with a strong accent on diversity and inclusion in all of its dimensions (gender, sexual orientation, age, race, country of origin - you have it, we want it).

For its groundbreaking PaaS solution https://platform.sh is looking for a Pythonian Cloud Engineer with a taste for Go, good Linux system understanding, and a real hunger for the challenges of building robust, distributed systems.

Platform.sh is a PaaS shrouded in a lot of black magic (we can consistently clone a whole running cluster, with its state, databases, indexes in a matter of seconds). We want to get this down to the hundreds of milliseconds domain. Interested? There is more...

Our external API is pure Hypermedia REST + oAuth on top of Pyramid. It mechanizes the Git layer and needs more features.

We can consistently generate from the same manifest a Docker container, an LXC one, or VM disk images (AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, OpenStack), we want more targets.

We probably have the highest container density in the industry. We need to get it higher.

We support any Python, Ruby, NodeJS, PHP, Java and .NET time to roll-out Elixir, of course Elixir, and Rust.

We need to have more auto-healing on the high-availability clusters. We need more performance out of our multi-protocol ssh proxy. We need work on our Ceph Implementation; We need to get the Debian package generation streamlined and faster. We need… great ideas on how to make Platform.sh even better. Interested? Join us!

This is a remote position and occasional travel to cool places like Paris, France, may be required.

Skills & requirements:

Required:

  • Be a really really good dev that likes testing, understands how an OS works, knows networking, how git works, and the constraints of a distributed system.

  • Be proficient in Python

  • Some familiarity with Go (or the willingness to learn) - hard core expertise here, also appreciated.

Would be really great if you had:

  • Experience with C (we contribute to a bunch of upstream projects, like LXC) is a plus; Love not required.

  • Great knowledge of Git

  • Good Networking background (routing/protocols)

  • Good grasp of practical security and cryptography

  • Experience with other programming languages (Rust. Haskell anyone? Java, Javascript, Ruby, Common Lisp?, PHP? )

  • Good knowledge of how the Web works (Hacking Nginx with Lua a plus). You may want to brush up on HTTP before the interview.

  • Good understanding of how database systems and search engines work

  • A good notion on distributed systems (consensus protocols like Raft/Paxos, eventual consistency models, gossip protocols)

  • Mad Debian Skills. Sporting a Debian plaid cloth during the interview is not frowned upon.

To be clear so you are not surprised in the technical interview, this job is very much more for a systems engineer, rather than an application developer. So knowing about system calls is important, while knowing Django, not so much.