Software Engineer, Infrastructure

Remote /
Engineering – Platform Engineering /
Full-time
Hi, we're The Browser Company 👋 and we're building a better way to use the internet.

Browsers are unique in that they are one of the only pieces of software that you share with your parents as well as your kids. Which makes sense, they're our doorway to the most important things — through them we socialize with loved ones, work on our passion projects, and explore our curiosities. But on their own, they don’t actually do a whole lot, they’re kind of just there. They don’t help us organize our messy lives or make it easier to compose our ideas. We believe that the browser could do so much more — it can empower and support the amazing things we do on the internet. That’s why we’re building one: a browser that can help us grow, create, and stay curious.

To accomplish this lofty task, we’re building a diverse team of people from different backgrounds and experiences. This isn’t optional, it’s crucial to our mission, as we need a wide range of perspectives to challenge our assumptions and shape our browser through a bold, creative lens.

With that in mind, we especially encourage women, people of color, and others from historically marginalized groups to apply.


About the Role

Infrastructure engineers build the infrastructure on which our browser runs. As an infrastructure engineer, you'll architect and build services that answer questions like:

    • How do we build performant browsers on every platform that integrate deeply with the OS and look and feel like native?
    • How do we convert Chromium into an SDK that allows to iterate quickly and easily explore and extend what a browser can do, without creating a maintenance burden?
    • How do we enable Google Docs-style real-time collaboration for any website on the internet?
    • How do we sync files, notes, tabs, and browsing sessions seamlessly and securely so that no matter which device you're on, all your stuff is always instantly there and accessible offline?
    • How do we architect our systems such that security, privacy, and encryption are built-in and require no extra effort to integrate into features?
    • How do we do this all while maintaining a code base and development environment that is a joy to use, intuitive to extend, and accessible to everyone?

Overall you will...

    • Scope and lead technical projects across server, client, browser, and OS layers
    • Design APIs that abstract away complexity and allow product engineers to use those abstractions to quickly iterate, collaborating closely with product engineers in the process
    • Ensure product development is progressing by finding and fixing inefficiencies in the appropriate layer of the system
    • Effectively help the team invest in observability, tooling, stability, and performance alongside building new systems

Within 1 month you will...

    • Get onboarded onto the team and codebase with an onboarding buddy
    • Receive a number of onboarding presentation on how we give each other feedback, the phases a startup goes through, our technical strategy, and more
    • Get familiar with Swift, our Chromium architecture, and build tooling
    • Have shipped a few bug fixes and features across our codebase

Within 3 months you will...

    • Be familiar with our Swift architecture, and be thinking of ways to make product engineers' lives easier when prototyping and building new features
    • Shipped a few tickets to improve developer tools like our slack bots, deployment systems, release process, or feature flags infrastructure
    • Be involved in weekly engineering discussions about our architecture, how we do code review, code style, and more
    • Be involved in infrastructure discussions like how we add better observability to debug issues in production, how we better monitor performance regressions, and how we make our updater less finicky
    • Be regularly posting feedback about using the browser in our #dogfooding channel

Within 6 months you will...

    • Be interview trained and interviewing candidates for roles at the Browser Company
    • Be familiar with C++ and how we interact with and build on top of Chromium
    • Be adjusting our terraform config to deploy new infrastructure or update our build pipelines
    • Be leading projects from conception to production launch
    • Be mentoring and pair programming with newer engineers to help them get spun up on the codebase

Qualifications

    • You have experience tech leading critical projects or initiatives within your team and organization
    • You've worked on large, complex codebases
    • You understand how improve systems to make them easier to understand, debug, and maintain
    • You're passionate about building tools and systems that make other engineers more productive
    • You're excited about elegant, maintainable, and easy to use build tooling and configuration
    • You're pragmatic and can see the bigger picture; you're able to reason about prioritization and scope
    • You have a bias for action and are fast at implementing new features and systems


The Browser Company is a well funded, ambitious startup of about 40 people (and growing!) who are passionate about building great products. We are a remote-first, distributed team, with the option to work in office in New York. We strongly support diversity and encourage people from all backgrounds to apply.