Fil-Infra Infrastructure Software Engineer


About Protocol Labs

Protocol Labs drives breakthroughs in computing to push humanity forward. Protocol Labs is a product-development lab, but behind the protocols and tools we build, behind the research and implementations, are passionate people, teammates, and community members. Most teams in the Protocol Labs Network are fully distributed and work remotely around the world. Engineers, researchers, and operators work in the open to improve the internet — humanity's most important technology — as we explore new advances at the intersection of many exciting fields (crypto, networks, distributed systems) and cultures (startups, research, open-source, distributed work).

What we're looking for

We are looking for an infrastructure-oriented software engineer that can contribute toward the design, implementation and maintenance of tools, while driving software improvements in the PL Web3 stack, supporting team and stakeholder objectives.

Working closely with DevOps and SRE teams, develop tooling to support uptime and throughput goals of core services and applications. Taking feedback from team and stakeholders, identify and implement improvements in the software we run, or find opportunities to create new projects entirely to meet infrastructure and operational specific goals.

Fil-Infra’s main goal is to operate and monitor core Filecoin network infrastructure and drive operational improvements in Lotus to increase network resiliency and general Filecoin adoption.

As part of the NetOps team, Fil-Infra is supporting the adoption and growth of the decentralized Internet by building software infrastructure for implementation of the Filecoin, IPFS protocols, and operating them as services that can be consumed in a secure, reliable, and scalable manner. We succeed through team work, favoring simplicity over sophistication, and fostering sense of community.

As a Fil-Infra Infrastructure Software Engineer at Protocol Labs, you will...

  • Create tooling, automation and leverage existing products to make Web3 applications performant, scalable and resilient in Cloud Native and on-premise environments.
  • Solve LibP2P network challenges running in large scale Cloud and On-Premises environments
  • Support operations and monitoring of core Filecoin Network Infrastructure including Bootstrap Nodes, Disputers, Chain Snapshotting,,"> and more
  • Become familiar with Filecoin implementation (primarily Lotus) and contribute bug fixes and new features. Push on operational improvements in the software to make running it at scale easier and more approachable for decentralized operations and infrastructure teams.

You may be a fit for this role if you have....

  • Mastery of fundamental software engineering practices: testing, debugging, automating, refactoring.
  • Excellent communication skills on both technical and non-technical issues
  • A keen awareness of teamwork, process, and patterns of successful collaboration
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • +3 years experience with the modern programming language
  • +2 years experience within the Kubernetes ecosystem, creating Operators and tooling.
  • +1 years experience working in distributed systems:

Bonus Points

  • Being accountable for operational support based on an on-call rotational model.
  • Knowledgeable in the Storage domain at the kernel and application layers.
  • Involvement with Filecoin Storage Providers or Crypto Mining.
  • OpenTelemerty/Distributed Tracing
    • Opencensus, OpenTracing
  • Experience working remotely in a distributed team.
  • Experience with Open Source Software.


What’s it like to work at Protocol Labs?
Protocol Labs' mission is to improve humanity’s most important technology, the Internet. We build protocols, systems, and tools to improve how it works. Today, we are focused on how we store, locate, and move information. Our projects include IPFS, Filecoin, libp2p, and more.
As a distributed team, we hire anywhere in the world, and at various levels of experience (entry, senior, staff). We look for people with unique perspectives and diverse backgrounds.
We have a great benefits package, including parental leave, contributions to your retirement, competitive pay, and unlimited time off. For U.S.-based employees, we also provide platinum-level health, dental, and vision coverage for you and your family.

If you’re passionate about the future of computing and a more democratized internet, we want to talk to you.


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