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Infrastructure Engineer

  • Software Development
  • Full-time
  • El Segundo, CA
  • Hybrid

At Sift, we’re accelerating the development of next-generation machines with the world’s first end-to-end telemetry stack — and we’re expanding our team.

Sift’s founders started this company to enable private and government entities to make enormous technological strides. Our focus is on creating a better world for tomorrow, and we’re making an impact with our highly specialized expertise.

By joining us, you’ll help shape future-focused data infrastructure that will power spacecraft, satellite constellations, renewable energy, autonomous transportation, and more.

Sift seeks team members passionate about solving complex engineering problems and building a fast-growing startup.

In This Role, You'll:

  • Design, build, and maintain scalable, resilient infrastructure solutions to support our growing platform and customer base.

  • Collaborate with software engineers to optimize application performance and reliability.

  • Implement monitoring, alerting, and logging systems to ensure proactive identification and resolution of issues.

  • Automate deployment processes and streamline infrastructure management using modern DevOps tools and methodologies.

  • Evolve our backend architecture/infrastructure for both cloud and on-premise deployments.

  • Work with the team to set and prioritize our roadmap to maximize customer impact.

  • Lead initiatives to improve infrastructure reliability, performance, and cost efficiency.

The Skillset You'll Bring:

  • 7+ years of relevant distributed systems experience focusing on designing and managing cloud-based environments (e.g., AWS, Azure, GCP).

  • Hands-on experience with containerization technologies (e.g., Docker, Kubernetes) and container orchestration platforms.

  • Passion for building and operating developer productivity tools, frameworks, and other aspects of platform engineering.

  • Familiarity with CI/CD pipelines and version control systems.

  • You're excited by the ambiguity and high-ownership culture of early-stage startups.

  • You are pragmatic, solution-oriented, and scrappy.

  • You enjoy working collaboratively with a broad range of job functions and roles.

  • Experience with our tech stack: Go, Java, React, TypeScript, Kafka/Redpanda, Flink, AWS, Azure, GCP, Docker, Kubernetes, and Terraform/CDK

    • Or equivalent distributed systems

  • Good knowledge of cloud, on-prem, networking, and service architecture in multi-region multi-cloud setups.

Engineering at Sift:

You’ll have the opportunity to heavily influence our stack because we’re still in the early stages of building the product. Relevant technologies include:

  • Web frontend & backend: Go, React, TypeScript, WebAssembly,  D3.js, WebGL, and Tailwind

  • Data: Parquet, Flink, Kafka, Beam, DuckDB, Timescale, QuestDB, InfluxDB, and Druid

  • Infrastructure: GitHub Actions, AWS, Azure, GCP, Docker, Kubernetes, and Terraform

Our Team:

We’re comprised of senior engineers and operators from SpaceX, Google, Palantir, and more. We believe that the best software is written by those close to the source of the problem. One of our founders, Karthik, was a Dragon flight software lead responsible for two Dragon missions to the ISS. His team used SpaceX’s end-to-end data platform before, during, and after every Dragon mission. Our other co-founder, Austin, was a lead on Starlink’s tools team, responsible for the platform that collected data from thousands of Starlink satellites for exploration and data review.

Location:

The Sift team is based in Los Angeles. We work closely with hardware companies, many of which are based in LA, building everything from autonomous vehicles to spacecraft. Being nearby for site visits and collaboration is essential for a customer-centric company. This role requires coming into the office two times a week, Mondays and Thursdays.

Benefits:

  • Highly competitive equity grant

  • Unlimited PTO

  • Free lunch, snacks, & coffee

  • Top-tier health insurance: Medical, Vision, & Dental

Remote restrictions

  • Workday must overlap by at least 8 hours with Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Must be a resident of United States