Working as a Systems Engineer at Linode involves managing infrastructure for the largest independent open cloud provider in the world. We have 10 global data centers, thousands upon thousands of physical machines, and we aim to deliver a world-class experience to customers. To uphold these standards Linode must remain creative as it relates to solving problems and technological innovation.

As we continue to grow, we’re looking for a Senior Systems Engineer to bring industry expertise and abstract thinking to develop resolution to critical issues and broad design and architectural matters. This will require out of the box thinking combined with deep domain expertise on Linux, DevOps, and System Administration.

We expect you will be a multiplier by authoring tools and introducing policies or patterns that aid the level of productivity of the entire team. We expect you to bring mentorship and act as a role model both within your area of specialization and across the organization.


You don’t have to have experience with all of these, but you should have experience with some of them and an interest to learn the others:

  • Linux and Virtualization - Debian, KVM, and QEMU
  • Database Technologies - MySQL, SQLite
  • Orchestration - SaltStack, Docker, Kubernetes, Packer
  • Infrastructure Services - DHCP, DNS, SSL, NTP
  • Programming Languages - Python, Perl, Golang, Bash
  • Alerting & Metrics - Nagios, Prometheus, ELK, Grafana, Percona Monitoring and Management (PMM)
  • Version Control - Git, GitHub
  • Hardware - Provisioning and deploying servers, switches, and infrastructure management solutions

The must haves:

  • Expert level experience in a DevOps, Development, or SysAdmin role, preferably working with large scale distributed systems.
  • Experience running mission-critical Linux servers in virtualized environments
  • Experience with architecting software and infrastructure at scale
  • Excellent communication, mentorship, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work in alignment with (or contribute to) strategic business initiatives and coordinates and guides the work of other engineers
  • Experience with hardware and systems automation
  • Ability to participate to Linode’s 24/7 incident response on-call rotation, including being responsive and available to quickly troubleshoot and resolve issues
  • Strong opinions on technology and software design to bring to the table

The nice-to-haves:

  • Presence in the open-source world. Contributions to open-source projects as well as your own portfolio to show off a huge plus
  • Thought leadership and public presence; regularly invests in learning initiatives, public speaking and/or educating others within their speciality
  • Experience in a hosting environment or other cloud-based IAAS or SAAS

Work With Us

  • Philadelphia Office: HQ is one of the coolest tech buildings in Philly; join us on N3RD street!
  • Flexible work hours: We offer a flexible work schedule, a generous paid time off package, and two work from home days on a weekly basis.
  • Unbelievable benefits: We provide comprehensive health insurance, 401(k) contributions, a profit-sharing program, and pension plans.
  • Monthly wellness reimbursements: up to $100 towards gym memberships, diet plans, massages, etc.
  • A Macbook Pro: to use around the office and at home.
  • Free hosting service: Take advantage of some Linode service - we’ll pick up the tab.
  • Linode Lunch: What goes better with technology than food? Nothing. We bring in a catered lunch every week.
  • Competitive salary: It all begins with fair compensation. We believe in paying people well and rewarding those who go the extra mile.

Equal Employment, Equal Treatment, No Judgment
Linode is committed to a culture that creates a sense of inclusion and belonging. We understand that teams perform their best when they include people with diverse backgrounds and differing perspectives, but also that to achieve greatness, people need to feel like they can be themselves; they need to be equal, included, and comfortable in order to perform at their best. Linode stands for equal pay, equal treatment, and equal experiences for all of our people, past, present, and future, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexuality, socioeconomic class, disability status, or any other differentiating factor. We strive to make sure every last person who we interact with feels like they belong and has the same opportunities as everyone else.

Since 2003, Linode has been providing cloud computing services to customers around the world. Linode offers compute, storage, and networking services from data centers in regions spanning across North America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania. We are committed to making Linode the most simple, powerful and reliable hosting provider that thousands of customers—from the fastest-growing startups to established enterprises—trust. This industry moves fast, but we strive to hire the kind of people who can stay a step ahead and keep us - and themselves - at the top. We are an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to building a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming workplace for all.