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Senior DevOps Engineer/SRE - Full-time



Software Engineering
Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2024

About Us

Parity is one of the world's most experienced core blockchain infrastructure companies, having built and pioneered some of the most advanced technologies in the blockchain sector. Parity was founded by Dr. Gavin Wood, co-founder and former CTO of Ethereum, the primary engineer behind the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM), inventor of the Solidity programming language, and primary author of the Ethereum Yellowpaper.

Parity has built clients for Ethereum, Bitcoin, and Zcash and has pioneered a completely new, next-generation blockchain protocol with Polkadot and the framework it’s built with, Substrate. Parity builds the open-source technologies needed to power an unstoppable, decentralised web—known as Web3—and helps developers and organisations implement and build upon the Web3 tech stack.

People in Our Collective Are

  • Highly motivated to contribute to Parity’s mission and be part of something bigger
  • Excited to work on projects that are groundbreaking and complex
  • Autonomous workers that self-initiate, but also collaborate well with others
  • Taking maximum accountability and having minimum ego at work
  • Comfortable with chaos and adapting to the ever-changing Web3 space
  • Continuously educating themselves about Parity and the wider ecosystem

About the Team

The Parity DevOps team is part of the Parity Infrastructure & Data department, made of more than 20 people. We are remote-first, but can also work from offices in Berlin, Lisbon, and London.

About the Position

  • Lead and Innovate: Lead multiple projects across teams, owning significant technical components or complex services. Drive the automation and coding of our infrastructure deployments, designing and maintaining continuous delivery pipelines.
  • Technical Excellence: Demonstrate exceptional technical proficiency. Support Parity’s developers in their contributions to Polkadot/Kusama runtimes and the development of our Polkadot node client and the Polkadot-SDK framework, both written in Rust. Ensure stellar code quality and provide thorough code reviews.
  • Mentorship and Coaching: Coach and mentor junior engineers, fostering their growth and development. Share your expertise through regular forum posts and presentations at conferences, enhancing the technical knowledge within the organization and the broader community.
  • Ecosystem Collaboration: Engage with the technical ecosystem, working closely with internal and external stakeholders. Be at the forefront of new technical developments in the ecosystem, contributing to the Polkadot 2.0 roadmap, including JAM.
  • Operational Excellence: Contribute to Parity’s blockchain node operations, improving the reliability of the Polkadot network by managing test and benchmark networks in the cloud and on-prem. Enhance our observability initiatives by operating mainnet nodes for the Polkadot and Kusama Relaychain and System parachains, gathering crucial operational data for monitoring and incident response.
  • Infrastructure Solutions: Conceptualize and build innovative infrastructure solutions aimed at improving the experience of working in Polkadot. Take accountability for the delivery of your OKRs, ensuring alignment with organizational goals.
  • Visibility and Impact: Be well known across the organization for your technical excellence and contributions. Regularly communicate progress and challenges, ensuring transparency and alignment with organizational objectives.

About You

  • Familiarity with Linux, including security aspects, networking and virtualization (3 years minimum)
  • Experience with containerization including Docker and Kubernetes
  • Experience with configuration management (e.g. Ansible) and cloud orchestration (e.g. Terraform)
  • Proficient in designing and maintaining CI/CD pipelines
  • Knowledge of at least one programming language (Python, Rust)
  • Knowledge of monitoring with Prometheus/Grafana is a plus
  • Understanding of what a blockchain is and how to deploy a blockchain network
  • On-call experience with the mindset of site reliability, including incident response and postmortem analysis
  • Ability to work autonomously, be proactive, prioritize, communicate, and function in a small (partly-remote) team

About Working for Us

  • Competitive remuneration packages based on iterative market research, including tokens (where legally possible)
  • “Future of work” environment that’s remote-first and self-initiating with flexible hours
  • Team mates that are genuinely excited about their impact and projects
  • Access to the brightest minds in this space to learn about Web3 and develop your skills and knowledge while on the job
  • Becoming part of the wider ecosystem (career and networking opportunities)
  • Team and company-wide retreats
  • Work laptop
  • Opportunity to relocate to Germany or Portugal (with visa sponsorship)

Those joining our collective as an employee in Germany, Portugal, and the UK, also enjoy benefits such as healthcare, parental leave, PTO (28 days per year) and local team events.

Parity is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We welcome diversity in our global team and care about everyone in our collective feeling included and welcome.

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