Senior Software Engineer, Persistence Infrastructure

Mar 23, 2024
San Francisco, Philippines
... Not specified
... Senior
Full time
... Office work

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. 

Gamers, nerds, moms, dads, engineers, designers, marketers, support. We created Discord to help people come together around games. It's been amazing to watch it grow into what it is today—a place where millions of diverse communities exist and people connect with old friends and new. Diversity and inclusiveness are a critical part of how we get to what's next. We believe that with diversity comes a better product, better decisions, and a better work environment. As we continue to grow, our values keep us dedicated to building a company that is representative of the world we live and play in.

Discord is an equal opportunity employer committed to promoting an inclusive work environment free of discrimination and harassment. We value diversity, inclusion, and aim to provide a sense of belonging for everyone.

The Persistence Infrastructure team develops and operates Discord’s real-time datastore systems that serve the data of Discord's 150M+ monthly active users—including over a trillion messages! We work across multiple systems areas: databases, disk storage and Rust-based data access services. We're a small team whose work has a huge impact on our organization's success and ability to grow, and report to the Engineering Manager of our Persistence Infrastructure squad.

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What you'll be doing

  • Building and operating large-scale, reliable and performant data systems with ScyllaDB, PostgreSQL, ElasticSearch, Linux and Rust.

  • Collaborate with product and infrastructure teams to develop primitives that provide compounding leverage for Discord engineering by reliably storing and serving user data while protecting the safety of our user data.

  • Exercise "First Principles Thinking" to always deliver what matters most to our users.

  • Work with a talented team of engineers who have built one of the largest communication platforms in the world.

What you should have

  • 4+ years of experience building distributed systems and datastore infrastructure

  • Experience with highly-available and distributed databases: e.g. ScyllaDB, Cassandra, BigTable, DynamoDB, CockroachDB, Postgres w/HA, etc.

  • Proficiency with at least one statically-typed programming language: e.g. Rust, Go, Java, C, C++

  • Strong operating systems, distributed systems and concurrency control fundamentals

  • Familiarity with Linux internals


The US base salary range for this full-time position is $190,000 to $204,000 + 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.

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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