Software Engineer, Real Time Infrastructure

Mar 29, 2024
San Francisco, United States
... Not specified
... Intermediate
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. 

Join us in working on what makes Discord feel like a live and upbeat place! Our team's mission is to create the primitives allowing us to connect our users to one another in real-time. Practically speaking, it means we design and operate the core backend systems that allow more than 150M users to join their servers, have chats with their friends and receive real-time notifications when something interesting is happening on Discord. You will report to the Engineering Manager for Real-time Infrastructure.

What you'll be doing

  • Develop core primitives and infrastructure supporting real-time communication between hundreds of millions of users.

  • Collaborate with product engineering teams to add new features.

  • Ensure that our systems are reliable and that Discord just works.

  • Write code but also manage our infrastructure’s operations.

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

What you should have

  • 2+ years of experience working with backend systems.

  • You understand the basics of observability and monitoring.

  • You excel in navigating complex and distributed systems and are excited about finding solutions to complex technical challenges.

  • You are comfortable reading and writing code in large existing codebases.

  • You enjoy coming up with pragmatic solutions to concrete problems using first principles thinking.

  • You have strong communication skills and thrive in small, collaborative, energetic teams.

Bonus Points

  • Experience with Elixir, Erlang or Rust.

  • Experience working with systems deployed in a cloud environment (GCP, AWS, etc.)

  • Experience working with distributed systems.

  • Knowledge of DevOps tools like Salt, Terraform or Kubernetes.

  • You have built or contributed to open source projects.


The US base salary range for this full-time position is $165,000 - $178,000 + 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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