Lead Engineer, WASM

Lead a team of distributed systems experts incorporating WebAssembly into the future of streaming

We are building Redpanda, a real-time streaming engine for modern applications. Redpanda is used by Fortune 1000 enterprises pushing hundreds of terabytes a day, and by the solo dev prototyping a React application on her laptop. We go beyond the Kafka protocol into the future of streaming, with inline WASM transforms and geo-replicated hierarchical storage. Think of it as a data API platform that scales with you from the smallest projects to petabytes of data distributed across the globe.

We are on a mission to enable every developer to supercharge their real-time applications.

You Will

Lead our efforts to incorporate WebAssembly into the Redpanda project, ensuring our core tenets of Operational Simplicity, No Data Loss, and Blazingly Fast remain true as you contribute fundamental changes to improve quality and feature set.

Collaborate with product managers and SREs to deliver solutions to challenging distributed systems problems related to WASM.

You’ll be part of a diverse team with members in both US (New York City, San Francisco, San Diego, Austin, Denver) and international locations, including Colombia, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Russia, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Japan, and growing!

You Have

  • A passion for working on deeply technical projects and wanting to work on distributed systems, concurrency & parallelism, replication protocols, file systems & correctness.

  • Strong understanding of C++, C, Rust, or other systems language, including profiling and benchmarking, fault isolation, and resource management.

  • Worked with engineers and product managers in a cross-functional technical leadership role to deliver simple yet powerful abstractions hiding complexity.

  • Experience with compilers, virtual machines (e.g. JVM, V8, Wasmer), or embedding language runtimes in high-performance environments.

  • Comfortable working with a 100% distributed engineering team, collaborating on GitHub, in the open and a self starter.

  • Excellent written communication skills.

Kindly highlight if applicable to you

Please highlight any of the following

  • Knowledge of Linux filesystem internals.

  • Experience working on databases or other storage systems internals, such as RPC, caching, allocators, compressors, Raft, Paxos, etc.