Staff Software Engineer – Distributed Systems



Sysdig is driving the standard for securing the cloud and containers. We created Falco, the open standard for cloud-native threat detection, and consistently contribute to open source software projects.  We are passionate, technical problem-solvers, continually innovating and delivering powerful solutions to secure the cloud from source to run.

We value diversity and open dialog to spur ideas, working closely together to achieve goals. We’re an international company that understands how to cultivate a strong culture across a remote team. And we're a great place to work too — we've been named a Bay Area Best Place to Work by the San Francisco Business Times and the Silicon Valley Business Journal for three years now! We were recognized by Deloitte as one of the 500 fastest growing organizations in 2020 and 2021. We are looking for team members who have a passion for container and cloud security and are willing to dig deeper to help our customers. Does this sound like the right place for you?

Your Opportunity

As a Distributed Systems Engineer, you will help evolve and innovate our platform. This would involve solving super interesting and challenging problems of working with data at scale, building features and performance enhancements. We are looking for exceptional talent with experience in Elastic search, Cassandra, NATS/Kafka, and distributed database systems in general. You will work closely with our established engineering team located throughout the US and Europe, product team and customers. Sysdig is a high growth startup, and there will be significant growth opportunities for this position. 

What you will do

  • Design, build & deliver a best-in-class onboarding experience for cloud & containers.
  • Build scalable platform services used by multiple engineering teams.
  • Interface with various teams including Product, Frontend, Design, Customers and other stakeholders

What you will bring with you

  • Prior experience building backend components including APIs and data processing pipelines which scale horizontally.
  • Hands-on experience with Elasticsearch, Cassandra, NATS/Kafka and other distributed database systems.
  • Experience with distributed systems architecture & design.
  • Experience in at least one of AWS/GCP/Azure. Multiple clouds & Identity management preferred.
  • Experience with Kubernetes.
  • Experience with Infrastructure as Code such as Terraform, AWS CloudFormation, Google Cloud Deployment Manager, Azure Resource Manager, etc.

Key Technologies

  • Go
  • Kubernetes
  • AWS/GCP/Azure (Identity & resource management)
  • Postgres
  • ElasticSearch
  • Helm
  • Terraform

What we look for

  • A collaborative mindset: someone who prioritizes the team and fosters a culture of high performance without ego.
  • Self-starter with experience in defining tasks, seeking feedback, and evolving work where applicable
  • Clear written and verbal communication skills
  • Inspirational leadership skills.

Why work at Sysdig?

  • We’re a well-funded startup that already has a large enterprise customer base
  • We have a pragmatic, transparent culture, from the CEO down
  • We have an organizational focus on delivering value to customers
  • Our open source tools ( are widely used and loved by technologists & developers

When you join Sysdig, you can expect:

  • Competitive compensation including equity opportunities
  • Flexible hours and additional recharge days
  • Mental wellbeing support through Modern Health for you and your family
  • Monthly wellness reimbursement
  • Career growth

The U.S. annual base salary range for this full-time position is between $165K  and $225/year. Actual offers may be higher or lower than this range based on a variety of factors, including (but not limited to) the candidate’s work location, job-related skills, experience and education.  


Are you ready to join us?

We're excited to receive your application.