• Location
    • San Francisco
  • Date Posted
  • 16 Mar 2020
  • Function
  • Tech Ops
  • Sector
  • Entertainment

It’s bedtime. Candle light bounces off the walls. A cup of half-finished tea cools on the nightstand. The radiator hisses with fire outside your room, the waves of dense, hot air slipping through the crack underneath the door. You let the warmth overcome you, slipping into darkness.

You’re jolted awake. Your phone explodes with incoming messages and panic: Discord is down. You hop out of bed to run to your computer but trip the moment your feet touch the ground and realize with panic that the bottom half of your body is that of a shark’s. You wake up again—for real this time. The sun is shining, birds are chirping. Because you work at Discord now. And Discord never goes down anymore now that you help make it reliable.

Discord is a small group of passionate gamers whose mission is to bring people together around games. Diversity and inclusiveness are a critical part of how we get there. We believe that with diversity comes a better product, better decisions, and a better work environment. Everyone here is committed to making Discord representative of the world we want to live and play in.

What you'll be doing

  • Building and running a distributed, worldwide, real-time system that processes millions of events per second
  • Writing software in a modern tech stack built on Google's Cloud with Elixir/Erlang, Python, Rust, Go, ScyllaDB/Cassandra, Redis, Elasticsearch, and a hint of C++ where appropriate
  • Implementing high-leverage improvements to the reliability, fault tolerance, scalability, and performance of Discord's infrastructure
  • Driving forward best practices with your background in Site Reliability Engineering

What you should have

  • Minimum of 4 years experience working with scalable infrastructures
  • Experience designing extensible, reliable real-time systems
  • Ability to dive in and debug live production systems
  • Self-motivation and curiosity, a passion for your craft
  • Excitement about working on a distributed system with millions of concurrent users and writing and deploying code to it without any downtime

Bonus Points

Experience with...

The Erlang/BEAM VM

ScyllaDB, Apache Cassandra, or Elasticsearch,

Automation tools like SaltStack

Clouds like Google Cloud Platform/AWS/Azure

Orchestration and containerization technology

Delivering audio/video at scale

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