Earthly Technologies

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Backend Engineer

  • Software Development
  • Full-time
  • Remote

2022-11-14 19:00:10 UTC

Looking for a talented Backend Engineer, with the mission to take Earthly to the next level, building a cloud-based experience, architecting from scratch fundamental infrastructure, and integrating with Earthly Core.

About Earthly

Earthly brings fast, secure, and repeatable CI builds. In a developer’s world of fragmented tools, programming languages, and frameworks, all of which require special environment setup, Earthly solves the “works on my machine” problem for CI/CD pipelines. Earthly is a platform that ensures your builds are executed the same way everywhere: your laptop, your colleague’s laptop, or the cloud. Earthly’s ability to automatically cache and spread computation across compute clusters, as well as the means to sandbox workloads, make it the fastest, yet most secure CI ever.

Earthly CI is based on the free and open software Earthly Core. Over 1,200 CI pipelines run Earthly Core today and over 1,000 monthly active users run Earthly Core on their laptops. Its usage is growing aggressively month over month.

We are a small team of talented software engineers building the development tools we wished we had available to us. Among us, we have ex-DigitalOcean, ex-VMware, ex-Tenable, ex-Weave, ex-Twillio, ex-Rudderstack, ex-Google engineers, and an ex-Sony UI designer. What we have in common is a passion for simple, easy-to-use, yet high-impact developer tools. We have significant runway to last throughout the tough economy and our investors include the founders of companies like Cockroach Labs, DataDog, DigitalOcean, Mesosphere, Instana, and Sentry, as well as the original creators of tools like Envoy Proxy, Kubernetes, GitHub Codespace, GitHub Copilot, VS code, the Elixir language, pandas, GIMP, and Mesos.


  1. Further developer experience: Polish the Earthly developer experience to perfection. Identify and eliminate friction points, user pain points and product issues.

  2. Building: Develop new features as part of Earthly Cloud and own their design, architecture, development, release and maintenance end-to-end (high-quality software engineering, listening to user feedback, adequate release strategy, coordinating with teammates etc)

  3. Support users: Help users of Earthly get familiar with the product and steer them in the right direction when they have issues.

  4. Integrate: Help integrate the Earthly Cloud offering with the open conter-part, Earthly Core.

  5. Culture: As an early team-member, you have the responsibility of developing and shaping the culture of the company to make it the workplace of your dreams. This requires time, leadership and investment. In addition, help foster a culture of high-quality engineering within the team.


  • Solid experience as a Software Engineer

    • Minimum 5 years experience as a software engineer, building API services and backends

    • Minimum 4 years delivering and being responsible for software in production

    • Solid Go

    • Solid understanding of Docker, Bash, Makefiles, build systems in general and CI/CD tools (eg Jenkins, Circle, Travis, GH Actions)

    • Bonus points for deep understanding of container internals, such as runc, buildkit, containerd, cgroups, container networking internals, virtualization, linux systems engineering, oci image format, registries, stargz snapshotter.

    • Experience with SQL, Redis, AWS, Traefik, Vault, Prometheus, Grafana, ELK stack or similar technologies

    • Experience with gRPC and protobuf

    • Experience with modern DevOps practices, including frequent releases

    • Keen eye for high quality engineering standards

    • Bonus points for experience with Kubernetes

  • Alignment to the company culture

    • Early team member of the company: need to be scrappy and resourceful

    • Early team member of the company: tons of freedom, high impact, but also requires a lot of responsibility

    • Experience with remote working. Fully distributed team

    • Foster the Earthly culture within the company. The name “Earthly” was chosen from the expression “Down to Earth” - being friendly and accessible. Convey these values through your actions and your leadership.


  • Healthcare, dental, and vision plans including dependents (US and Canada only)

  • Fully remote company, with +/- 3 hours time-zone difference of each other: no late night meetings.

  • Incentive stock plan

  • 401k/RRSP with employer matching (US and Canada only)

  • Credits for gym or activity equipment (US and Canada only)

  • Work as part of a company with a strong open culture. Many contributions are visible and recognized publicly.

  • Work at an early-stage company, where your actions have a high impact. An environment with boundless freedom and high responsibility. Excellent if you want to pursue the founder path in your career.

Remote restrictions

  • Workday must overlap by at least 5 hours with San Francisco, CA, USA