Senior/Staff Software Engineer, Observability

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What Airbnb is looking for in applicants

Airbnb is a mission-driven company dedicated to helping create a world where anyone can belong anywhere. It takes a unified team committed to our core values to achieve this goal. Airbnb's various functions embody the company's innovative spirit and our fast-moving team is committed to leading as a 21st century company.

The Observability team’s mission is to provide Airbnb engineers the ability to easily gain insights into system behavior in a complex, rapidly-evolving, distributed environment, and leverage the insight to deliver a highly available and performant service to Airbnb hosts, guests, and other stakeholders. We are building our next generation Observability platform on top of industry standard, open-source frameworks. We aim to unify the processes and tools to collect, process, store, and analyze large volumes of telemetry data in real time. The quality of Observability tools available to our engineers will impact their ability to easily identify anomalous system behavior, quickly debug and diagnose the root cause of failures, and achieve high operational excellence.

In this role, you will work closely with a group of talented engineers and with open-source technology. Day to day responsibilities include:

  • Design, implement, and operate resilient and scalable distributed systems that processes billions of events per minute
  • Write well-crafted, well-tested, readable, maintainable code, leveraging and contributing back to open source
  • Help Airbnb engineers self-solve issues and share best practices for building observable applications

We are looking for new teammates who have 6+ years industry experience in and/or similarly interested:

  • Metrics Frameworks: Prometheus, Cortex, Grafana
  • Logging: Elasticsearch, Logstash, Filebeat, Kibana
  • Distributed Tracing: OpenTelemetry, OpenTracing, Jaeger
  • Profiling: JVM, go pprof
  • Cloud-Native technologies: Kubernetes, Docker, Istio, AWS
  • Languages: Golang, Ruby/Python, Java/Kotlin, Javascript/Typescript (Good CS fundamentals and be unafraid to jump into unfamiliar code)
  • Automated correlation and anomaly detection
  • Site performance tracking and management
  • Building robust distributed systems that can be depended on to troubleshoot our production system
  • Building high-leverage tools for other engineers at Airbnb
  • Great communication skills and eagerness to learn and share knowledge within the engineering organization

The starting base pay for this role is between $190,000 and $245,000. The actual base pay is dependent upon many factors, such as: education, experience, and skills. The base pay range is subject to change and may be modified in the future. This role may also be eligible for bonus, equity, benefits, and Employee Travel Credits.

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