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Senior Software Engineer - Backend
San Francisco, CA

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Job Description


Here's a crazy idea: build a voice and text chat app people actually care about with a remarkable, creative, hilarious (read: insane) team.

Do you get excited about working on a distributed system with millions of concurrent users? How about writing and deploying code to it without any downtime? What about keeping API latency under 15ms? How about making sure the system handles failure and heals itself so the team can sleep at night?

If these are the kinds of problems that interest you, then we would love to chat.

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

Participating in building and running a distributed, worldwide, real-time system that processes millions of events per second.

Working with a modern tech stack built on GCE with Elixir/Erlang, Python, Go, Cassandra, Redis, Elasticsearch, and a hint of C++ where appropriate.

Architecting efficient and creative solutions to scale our backend systems.

Deploying your own code.

Building internal tools and libraries.

What you should have

Minimum of 4 years experience building scalable backend systems.

Experience working on, and deploying, large-scale systems in Python, Go, Elixir/Erlang, or other similar languages.

Experience debugging a live production system.

Self-motivation and the ability to take a high-level goal and deliver shippable code.

Bonus Points

Experience with the Erlang VM.

Experience with Apache Cassandra or Elasticsearch.

Experience with DevOps tools like SaltStack and clouds like Google Cloud Platform.

Experience with WebRTC.

Ability to build client-side UI, in which case you'll deliver full slice vertical features. In this case, you'll work closely with design and frontend engineering teams.

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