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Zencoder offers awesome, API-driven video tools in the cloud. Our users range from small startups to major broadcasters. Customers love us and we're growing quickly. Come be a part of the future of web video.

We're looking for a Dev Ops Engineer to work on our cloud-based transcoding software. This is a developer role, not a sysamdin role, but we are looking for a developer with specific experience with operations. Zencoder consists of hundreds of servers running our API, queuing, transcoding, monitoring, and more. You will help work on our internal queuing and clustering software, and will build systems around monitoring, logging, deployment, and fault-tolerance.

About You:

  • You are an engineer, not a sysadmin. You have experience building large applications in multiple languages. (We mostly use Ruby and C, with a little Java and Go, but we believe that great engineers can pick up new languages quickly.)
  • You have experience developing and deploying software at high scale.
  • You understand the basics: Linux, security, Amazon EC2, HTTP, and web service architecture.
  • You're familiar with message queues, relational databases, and other data stores. You know the tradeoffs between Riak, Redis, Zookeeper, and Postgresql.
  • You understand the principles of software craftsmanship. You write clean code, even when working on extremely hard problems. You unit test everything.

What you'll do:

  • Work on Zencoder's dev ops team. Improve and expand our existing deployments and infrastructure.
  • Write the software that manages job queuing, assignment, auto-scaling, and notifications.
  • Design and build monitoring systems, metrics, internal dashboards, and other tools that keep Zencoder fast, scalable, and reliable.


  • Salary and full benefits
  • Stock options in a growing company
  • Catered lunches every day
  • Aeron chair and a Mac setup
  • Commuter benefits
  • Relocation help to the Bay Area

What we look for in all employees:

  • Ambition to make things awesome, not just good enough
  • Excitement about Zencoder and what we're building
  • Positive attitude and desire to work with great people

How to apply:

  • Send us a cover letter explaining why you think you would be a good fit for this position. Include your resume, plus links to your blog, Twitter account, projects you've worked on, talks you given, etc.

  • Show us what you can do. Tell us how you would design an auto-scaling algorithm for an asynchronous task queue (like transcoding) with a variable queue size, in a way that minimizes queue times and resource consumption.

Dev Ops Engineer at Zencoder




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San Francisco, CA




Oct 02, 2012