Senior Software Engineer - AV Infrastructure

Jun 26, 2024
San Francisco, United States
... Not specified
... Senior
Full time
... Office work

This position is US based only.

Discord is about giving people the power to create space to find belonging in their lives. We want to make it easier for you to talk regularly with the people you care about. We want you to build genuine relationships with your friends and communities close to home or around the world. Original, reliable, playful, and relatable. These are the values that connect our users and our employees at Discord.

Discord is looking for an engineer excited about building the software that powers our realtime Audio & Video infrastructure. The Audio & Video Infrastructure team builds and maintain our WebRTC software and scales the system that powers it for all our users. Your role will have a significant impact on the quality of experience for all Discord users utilizing these features. This opportunity calls for an engineer ready to tackle challenging problems, drive improvements, and contribute to the technology that connects millions of people globally.

What You'll Do

  • Build large scale realtime audio & video systems
  • Scale the system and optimize quality and reliability for users
  • Collaborate with product teams to add new features.
  • Work with a talented team of engineers who have built one of the largest communication platforms in the world.

You Will Thrive In This Role If

  • 3+ years of experience working with video infrastructure
  • Strong background in C++ or Rust
  • Experience working with WebRTC
  • You understand the basics of observability and monitoring.
  • You excel in undefined environments and get excited about finding solutions to complex technical challenges
  • Comfortable reading and writing code in large existing codebases

Bonus Points

  • Experience with Elixir
  • Familiarity with codecs such as H.264, HEVC and AV1
  • Experience with network protocols like RTMP, HTTP, UDP and QUIC
  • You have built or contributed to open source projects.


The US base salary range for this full-time position is $183,000 to $201,500 + equity + benefits. Our salary ranges are determined by role and level. Within the range, individual pay is determined by additional factors, including job-related skills, experience, and relevant education or training. Please note that the compensation details listed in US role postings reflect the base salary only, and do not include equity, or benefits.

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Discord is an equal opportunity employer that believes diversity inspires creativity and innovation. We are committed to fostering an inclusive environment where employees can do their best work free of harassment or discrimination, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, military status, or any other protected characteristics or identities. We encourage all candidates to apply for roles where they may make the most impact.

About Us

Discord is a voice, video and text app that helps friends come together to hang out, have fun, and play games. With over 150 million monthly users, Discord has grown to become one of the most popular communications services in the world. Discord offers a premium subscription called Nitro that gives users special perks like higher quality streams and fun customizations.

We’re working toward an inclusive world where no one feels like an outsider, where genuine human connection is a click, text chat, or voice call away. A place where everyone can find belonging. Challenging? Heck yes. Rewarding? Double heck yes. It’s a mission that gives us the chance to positively impact millions of people all over the world. So if this strikes a chord with you, come build belonging with us!

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