Lead Software Engineer, Backend at Sysdig
San Francisco, CA, US
We're looking for a Lead backend engineer who is passionate about building simple, scalable services to deal with complex data. You will be the first backend engineer based in San Francisco, and will join an established engineering team located throughout the US and Europe. Sysdig is a high growth startup, and there will be significant growth opportunities for this position.

Our customer base is growing fast and so is the scale demanded of our backend. As a consequence, we're embarking on a major re-architecting of our platform. You'll lead projects as part of this scale-out effort that will allow us to handle the next orders of magnitude. Examples of such projects include writing Kafka-based streaming services, a distributed query engine targeting our Cassandra and ElasticSearch data stores, an optimized ingest pipeline, and putting machine learning features into production.


The majority of the Sysdig development team are generalists, ready to tackle whatever comes over the horizon, but we all have unique specialties and interests as well. If this sounds like you, and you want to get in early and help build the backbone of a massively scalable product, we want to talk. The ideal candidate for this role has several years of experience in the area, with a preference for a senior level candidate. We handle both monitoring and security data on a daily basis, across multiple platform tiers (Kubernetes, AWS, Mesos, ..) so an appetite for varied data is needed.

Prior experience building and operating large-scale data pipelines

Production experience with at least one of Kafka, Cassandra, ElasticSearch

Strong computer science fundamentals in design, data structures and algorithms

Java experience highly preferred

Experience with AWS is a plus

Experience with Kubernetes is a plus

Startup / entrepreneurial experience is a plus

A positive "can do" attitude with the ability to articulate thoughts and ideas and see them to fruition


Java, Go, Cassandra, ElasticSearch, Kafka, Linux

Sysdig is the container intelligence company. We have created the only unified platform to deliver monitoring, security, and troubleshooting in a microservices-friendly architecture. Our open source technologies have attracted a community of over a million developers, administrators and other IT professionals looking for deep visibility into systems and containers. Our container intelligence platform monitors and secures millions of containers across hundreds of enterprises, including Fortune 500 companies and web-scale properties.

Along with top notch health insurance coverage, we offer a variety of benefits and perks, such as:

Desk and tech setup of your choice (for wherever you work)

IRA with company matching up to 3% of salary

Unlimited vacation policy

Monthly self-improvement grant – spend on yourself however you see fit

Free weekly team lunches and delicious snacks every day of the week

Free monthly house cleaning service