R&D Engineer

Scaleway R&D - Scaleway Labs

Paris / Full-time / Long term

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About the job

The Scaleway R&D department, also known as Scaleway Labs, is a group of multi-skilled talents united in a common effort to understand, test, master and develop the technologies of tomorrow.

Given the expansive and audacious nature of the mission, we need individuals whose courage matches their diversity. You should be capable of transitioning between various subjects and work groups on a consistent basis, all the while maintaining your motivation to explore and engage in a new adventure.

This offer is open to all human beings, whatever their political views, religion, gender, origins or physical traits. It is written in the most neutral way possible, respecting the rules of the language.

About you

You are an experienced professional who likes to hack and understand how computer systems work, from software algorithms to hardware components. More than anything, you want to build stuff and push the boundaries of your knowledge. You recognize yourself, or your future self in the following:

  • Computer enthusiast. You like to understand the inner workings of the technologies you use. Any computer-related work allows you to blend business with enjoyment;
  • Versatile. You adapt your methods and tools (e.g. languages, hardware) to suit objectives and constraints, rather than the other way around;
  • Organized. You know how to work efficiently in a team and you are comfortable with agile methodologies. You are good at summarizing and you are not afraid to initiate projects with confidence;
  • Communicative. You are interested in discovering and sharing new technologies in both French and English;
  • Up-to-date. You keep abreast of technological changes, and have developed the discipline to stay that way;
  • Developer. You program and script on a regular basis. You have knowledge of software engineering, and you are aware of best development practices (design patterns, source code management, comments, tests, fuzzing, documentation, CI/CD);
  • System expert. You understand how Unix systems work, especially those based on the Linux kernel, such as Ubuntu and Android. You must not be allergic to exotic systems like Windows and MacOS;
  • Network elf. You are familiar with IP networks and concepts (AS, DNS, Routing, Switching, Peering, IANA, etc). You are not afraid of vxlan, subnet mask calculus or reading an RFC. No one will judge you if you have never connected to Cisco equipment;
  • Secure by design. You have basic knowledge of computer security concepts and you practice them in your daily life. When you hear crypto, you think of cryptography, not cryptocurrencies.

It’s OK if you don’t tick all the boxes. We are building diverse teams, so if you’re talented and highly motivated, we’d still like to hear from you. If you…

  • Are an open-source maintainer or a regular contributor;
  • Are into hacker culture;
  • Maintain a complex infrastructure at home for fun.

then you definitely should consider applying.

About the tech

There are many different and modern technologies at Scaleway. We have a special appreciation for open technologies that are not subject to vendor lock-in.

Here is an example of the technologies you might use on a daily basis:

  • Golang, Python, C/C++, Rust, Shell scripts, React, Protobuf, gRPC;
  • Docker, Kubernetes, Libvirt, Qemu, Proxmox, Ceph;
  • Grafana, Prometheus, Sentry, Netbox;
  • MariaDB, PostgreSQL, Redis, ElasticSearch;
  • Ansible, Terraform, AWX, Vault, Vaultwarden;
  • Cisco and Juniper network equipment, homemade hardware, Apple Silicon and a lot of AMD64 and ARM64 servers;
  • Git{Lab,Hub}, Confluence, Jira, Slack, Peertube, Google Workspace

These technologies are provided for information only, as we are looking for people who can adapt quickly to new technologies and challenges.

About the location

The location is hybrid, it is therefore shared between a presence in the Paris office and remote work.

The office is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day for work. On weekdays, Scaleway serves breakfast and lunch.

You will choose your in-person days according to your preferences and team constraints with a minimum of two days a week.

About the recruitment process

The recruitment process is there to let both parties know if they want to work together in the years to come.

As everyone’s time is precious, we will limit the number of interviews and try to make a decision within a month. However, as we do not want to filter applications by diplomas or seniority, we have to check skills through tests and this requires a certain number of interviews.

It is likely that several people from Scaleway attend the same meeting; if you are uncomfortable with this, let us know in advance and we will plan differently.

The selection is mainly done by four remote interviews in order to avoid travel and to allow candidates not to use a day off if they are employed. These interviews are organized as follows:

  1. Screening interview with human resource (30’)
  2. Development interview with engineers (90’)
  3. Operation interview with engineers (90’)
  4. Technical Culture interview with a manager (60’)

When the online tests are conclusive, you will be offered to spend a day with us on site to visit the premises, have lunch with the team and take part in the final interviews. This stage is costly for everyone and is only offered to those we want to hire, and serves to confirm our ability to work together as a team. These on-site interviews are organized as follows:

  1. Final human resource interview (30’)
  2. Paris office visit (15’)
  3. Lunch and meet the team (120’)
  4. Hackathon with the team (240’)
About Scaleway

Founded in 1999, Scaleway, the cloud of choice, helps developers and businesses to build, deploy and scale applications to any infrastructure.

Located in Paris, Amsterdam and Warsaw, Scaleway’s complete cloud ecosystem is used by 25,000+ businesses, including European startups, who choose Scaleway for its multi-AZ redundancy, smooth developer experience, data centers that run only on renewable energy, and native tools for managing multi-cloud architectures.

With fully managed offerings for bare metal, containerization and serverless architectures, Scaleway brings choice to the world of cloud computing, offering customers the ability to choose where their customer’s data resides, to choose what architecture works best for their business, and to choose a more responsible way to scale.

Find out more about Scaleway at www.scaleway.com.

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