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Platform Engineer

About The Role

For this role, you will:

  • Build Golang GRPC services from scratch capable of supporting tens of thousands of users, and the million+ to come.
  • Define infrastructure that can be torn down, failed over, and reconstituted from scratch using principle of immutable infrastructure using Terraform and Ansible.
  • Write Engineering Requirement Documents to take something from idea, to defined tasks, to implementation, to monitoring it’s success.
  • Interface with our TypeScript and GraphQL edge to expose your microservice APIs for both internal and potentially external consumption
  • This is a high impact, high agency role with direct effect on company culture, trajectory, and outcome.

    About You

  • A strong understanding of distributed systems. You enjoy building fault tolerant, resilient, and scalable services
  • A solid intuition about how long your solutions will last. All systems age. In startups, we can hope for 2-3 orders of magnitude, or 12-18mo.
  • The tact to implement your solution, creator monitors for it’s error boundaries, and document any requirements for when you’re not around
  • A great sense of direction and prioritization when it comes to dealing with the ambiguity of an early stage startup
  • A sense of grit to dive into a problem, implement a solution, scale that solution, and replace it when needed
  • A great set of communication skills for getting your point across, solution implemented, and beyond
  • We value and love to work with diverse persons from all backgrounds

    Things to Know

    For better or worse, we're a startup; our team dynamics are different from companies of different sizes and stages.

    • We're distributed ALL across the globe, and that's only going to be more and more distributed. As a result, stuff is ALWAYS happening.
    • We do NOT expect you to work all the time, but you'll have to be diligent about your boundaries because the end of your day may overlap with the start of someone else's.
    • We're a small team, with high ownership, who are not only passionate about what we do, but seek to be exceptional as well. At the time of writing we're 7, serving tens of thousands of users. There's a lot of stuff going on, and a lot of ambiguity.
    • We want you to own it. We believe that ownership is a key to growth, and part of that growth is not only being able to make the choices, but owning the success, or failure, that comes with those choices.

    Benefits & Perks

    How We Hire

    No tricks. No surprises. Here's the entire process.


    1

    Talk with the CEO about the role

    This is completely open ended and we're just trying to see who you are, what you want to do, and where you wanna go.

    2

    Pick a small project to discuss on the interview

    Async, pick and implement one of the following:

  • Architect a Container Provisioning Engine to power something like Railway
  • Build an REST API for creating, listing, and deleting containers
  • Plan and execute a zerodown-time Redis Migration, on Railway
  • You can, and SHOULD! ask us questions ahead of time. What our prior solution looks like, what ideas we have to improve it, etc. Ask away!

    3

    Review your solution with the Team

    You'll sit down with 2 people and go over the above. We'll poke into your solution, as well as get you acquainted with two more members of the team.

    Looking for: Learn about your problem solving skills. How you break down a problem and how you present a solution.

    4

    Meet the Team

    You'll meet the Team, which will be comprised of 4 people from vastly different sections of the company.

    Looking for: How you work with the rest of the team and communicate.

    5

    Offer and Details Chat with CEO

    Finally, we will go over the process, the role, and hammer out the details about your position, onboarding, and all the deets.


    Final Note: The interview goes both ways. Once again, please ask us things. Many things! Hard things. That's what we're here for.

    Apply for
    this position

    To apply, send us your resume to:
    jake at railway dot app and CC jobs at railway dot app.

    We will get back to you in a few days

    Additional questions? We know this page might not answer all your questions. Just send us an email with any questions you may have and we will try to get back to you as soon as possible! 👋