Working as a Systems Engineer at Linode involves managing infrastructure for the largest independent open cloud provider in the world. We have 11 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.

We’re looking for a Principal level Systems Engineer with a focus on hardware to develop and implement Linode’s next generation of infrastructure. We need an “outside the box” thinker who can strategize and implement an infrastructure strategy to ensure our hardware is the fastest, most reliable, and most secure on the market. This will require creative thinking combined with deep domain expertise on Linux, hardware components, and performance tuning.

To find success in this role, you are a natural problem solver and a motivated individual. You are someone who is conscious of uptime and stability while living on the bleeding edge of hardware. Most of all, you’re generally curious and thrive when presented with an opportunity to learn something new.


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 Tools - Debian, NUMA, resource allocation, CPU pinning, hyperthreading, cgroups
  • Kernel - Debugging, Tuning, Configuring, Building
  • Hardware - Benchmarking, RAID, Server Engineering, Performance Tuning
  • Data Center Engineering - Provisioning and deploying servers, storage, and networking solutions
  • Scripting / Automation - SaltStack, Python, Bash, etc.
  • Infrastructure Services - DHCP, DNS, SSL, NTP, etc.
  • Alerting & Metrics - Nagios, Prometheus, ELK, Grafana
  • Version Control - Git, GitHub

What’s expected of you:

  • Expert level experience in a Hardware, DevOps, SysAdmin role, preferably working with large scale distributed systems.
  • Mastery of hardware administration and automation skills, best practices, and process innovation and efficiency
  • Scope and implement Linode’s next generation hardware iteration(s) and make recommendations that influence the Linode hardware roadmap
  • Expertise working with the Linux Kernel and experience with compiling and tweaking kernel for performance / stability
  • Make component and configuration recommendations based on workload and benchmark results
  • Experience with hardware and systems automation
  • Continuously create and iterate on the specification for new hardware builds
  • Proactively seek out gaps in technical understanding, especially cross-functional, and work with the entire organization to educate and inform.
  • Support and mentor other engineers within the department, act as an ambassador for systems across Linode, and provide education, mentorship, or guidence outside of the department
  • Act as a final escalation point for critical services and infrastructure

The nice-to-haves:

  • Familiarity with best practices of systems architecture, design, and high-performance tuning
  • Experience with KVM/QEMU or similar virtualization technologies
  • Experience architecting large scale database server hardware
  • Experience with racking and stacking hardware
  • Experience in a hosting environment or other cloud-based IAAS or SAAS
  • Presence in the open-source world. Contributions to open-source projects as well as your own portfolio to show off is a huge plus

Work With Us

  • Headquartered in one of the coolest buildings in Philadelphia, Linode has plenty of inviting office space to work from, plus remote work options for most positions.
  • Work/Life Balance: We have flexible work hours, remote work options, and a very generous paid time off package including volunteer time off and even a paid day off on your birthday!
  • Your health matters: We cover up to 90% of medical premiums plus pay for 100% of out of pocket costs that insurance doesn’t take care of.
  • Retirement benefits: Linode provides a range of retirement benefits including contributions to your 401k plan, a generous profit sharing plan, and a pension plan.
  • Your family is important to us! Employees may benefit from fully paid parental leave, company sponsored 529(c) savings plans, and family-friendly company events.
  • Our benefits to support your wellbeing include fully paid access to online mental wellness programs through AbleTo for you and your family, $100 monthly wellness reimbursements, as well as a robust EAP (employee assistance plan) offering
  • Free hosting service: Take advantage of some Linode service - we’ll pick up the tab.
  • Competitive salary: It all begins with fair compensation. We believe in paying people well and rewarding those who go the extra mile. The compensation range for this position is between $110,000 to $190,000 based on a full-time schedule. The salary could vary outside of this range based on your specific skills and experience. Employees may also qualify for a bonus on top of base salary depending on company and individual performance.
  • Take a look at our careers site for a full listing of benefits:

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