Senior Full Stack Engineer

  • Location

    San Francisco

  • Sector:

    Software Engineering

  • Contact:

    Hina Aggarwal

  • Contact email:


When deploying applications in production, developers are forced to pick between two extremes: expensive yet simplistic platforms like Heroku, or complicated, do-it-all-yourself services like AWS. By contrast, they make it easy to get up and running quickly but also allows applications to scale and increase in complexity over time, preventing a transition to DIY infrastructure.
Our goal is to completely free up developers and teams from managing infrastructure. This will ultimately improve all software and enable entirely new kinds of applications.
We're building products that abstract over complexity and minimize cognitive overhead for our users. This requires careful thought, high creativity and a deep understanding of application requirements in production. Our stack is React, GraphQL, Go, Kubernetes and PostgreSQL, but we don't require prior experience with any of them. We're looking for engineers with high integrity, low ego, and an insatiable drive to learn.
Our platform serves over a billion requests every month, and we have tens of thousands of users including Stripe, NYU, and US presidential campaigns. We have product-market fit and rapidly increasing revenue, and we're backed by the same early stage investors behind Airbnb, Snap, and Stripe.
As a full-stack engineer, you will take complete, end-to-end ownership of projects across the entire stack. You should already have experience building products across the stack and have a keen understanding of web frameworks, APIs, databases and multiple backend languages.
Technical challenges
The biggest issues with platforms like Heroku are lack of flexibility, and cost. We are solving the cost problem by using containers and Kubernetes and intelligently scaling compute resources up and down. This will continue to be a major area of engineering investment for us going forward.
We solve lack of flexibility by using Kubernetes under the hood and abstracting all the associated complexity so our users get all the benefits (load balancing, service discovery, autoscaling, health checks, self-healing) without needing to manage Kubernetes or build everything on AWS.
The challenge is in building the right user-facing abstractions that make simple application deployments effortless and complex application deployments possible. User experience is our primary focus and drives everything we do.

Why join us

    • We're solving a problem faced by every developer and development team. It's a massive and rapidly growing market (AWS is privately valued at over $200B, and there are over 20 million professional developers globally).
    • We serve over 1 billion requests every month, our users love us, and our revenue is growing quickly.
    • Our stock grants are in the 99th percentile.
    • Everyone wants to move their infrastructure to Kubernetes, but it's too complex for the average development team. We make it possible to get the power of Kubernetes without any of its complexity.
    • The former CTOs of VMware and Dropbox are two of our biggest investors and cheerleaders.
    • The company is led by ex-employee #8 and Head of Risk at Stripe. He helped Stripe scale from 10 to over 400 people and is applying many of the same principles that helped Stripe succeed to his company.

Projects you might work on

    • You will create open source projects and documentation in multiple languages and frameworks to demo the features.
    • We run our Kubernetes clusters on Google Cloud Platform and AWS. You will enable the clusters to run on other clouds and eventually in our own data-centers. You will also allow our users to connect the resources with their private networks in existing public cloud infrastructure.
    • You will create an effortless serverless abstraction and enable per-request billing for containerized resources.
    • You will build a managed MySQL product
    • You will use machine learning to optimize container scheduling and save resources while keeping user workloads responsive.
    • We works great with GitHub and GitLab repos. You will add Bitbucket integration.
    • You will build out Render's CLI and make the user dashboard even better.

Some benefits we offer

    • Comprehensive medical, dental and vision coverage with PPO plans and 100% of your premiums paid by Render.
    • 99th percentile stock grants and a comfortable San Francisco salary.
    • Four weeks paid vacation, and vacation days are only counted when you take more than one at a time.
    • Work from home if you have a delivery or chore to take care of.
    • 3 months paid maternity and paternity leave.
    • Commuter benefits including Lyft and SF Muni passes.
    • A sunny, beautiful, well-stocked office in SoMa close to Caltrain and BART.
    • Monthly gym membership allowance.
    • Build your own laptop/workstation with any peripheral or accessory you need.
    • Use the company card to order any work-related ebook or p-book, and buy anything to make your work environment more ergonomic.
    • Financial and logistical assistance to help you relocate to the Bay Area.
    • Immigration assistance.
    • Birthday celebrations, weekly happy hours, company dinners, and semi-annual team retreats.
    • Surprise gifts for the holidays!

You are a great fit for this role if

    • You have a few years of professional experience building software. Bonus points if you’ve excelled at a small, high-growth startup.
    • You have an intuitive understanding of web frameworks, APIs, and databases, and have worked with multiple programming languages.
    • You are both curious by nature and an impressively quick learner.
    • You are unfazed by unfamiliar codebases and enjoy figuring things out on your own.
    • You can wear multiple hats and work across the stack, both collaboratively and independently.