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Staff Software Engineer, Infrastructure



Software Engineering, Other Engineering
Normal, IL, USA · United States
Posted on Saturday, May 25, 2024

Job Description

About Rivian

Rivian is on a mission to keep the world adventurous forever. This goes for the emissions-free Electric Adventure Vehicles we build, and the curious, courageous souls we seek to attract.

As a company, we constantly challenge what’s possible, never simply accepting what has always been done. We reframe old problems, seek new solutions and operate comfortably in areas that are unknown. Our backgrounds are diverse, but our team shares a love of the outdoors and a desire to protect it for future generations.

Role Summary

We are seeking a highly skilled and motivated Staff Software Engineer with 10+ years of experience who will play a crucial role in designing, implementing, and managing Kubernetes clusters to support our production and development environments and work closely with our engineering and operations teams to ensure the reliability, scalability, and performance of our Kubernetes infrastructure. This position requires expertise in Kubernetes administration, Linux systems administration, and a deep understanding of cloud-native technologies.


  • Design and Deployment: Design, implement, and maintain Kubernetes clusters in an on-premises environment using Rancher.
  • Infrastructure as Code (IaC): Implement Infrastructure as Code practices using tools like Terraform, Ansible, or Rancher to automate the provisioning and configuration of infrastructure components.
  • Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD): Develop and maintain CI/CD pipelines for deploying applications to Kubernetes clusters, ensuring automated testing and deployment processes.
  • Monitoring and Logging: Implement monitoring and logging solutions (e.g., Prometheus, Grafana, ELK stack) to monitor the health and performance of Kubernetes clusters and applications.
  • Security: Implement security best practices for Kubernetes clusters, including network policies, RBAC, and pod security policies.
  • Performance Optimization: Identify and implement performance optimizations for Kubernetes clusters for various applications. Optimization includes hardware and Operating Systems.
  • Troubleshooting and Support: Provide support and troubleshooting for Kubernetes-related issues, working closely with development and operations teams to resolve problems.
  • Capacity Planning: Perform capacity planning and scaling of Kubernetes clusters based on application requirements and usage patterns.
  • Documentation and Training: Create and maintain documentation for Kubernetes infrastructure and provide training to other team members on best practices and usage.
  • Compliance and Governance: Ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and internal policies related to Kubernetes and infrastructure management.
  • Collaboration: Collaborate with development, operations, and security teams to ensure smooth integration of Kubernetes infrastructure into the overall technology stack.
  • Research and Innovation: Stay up-to-date with the latest trends and technologies in Kubernetes and DevOps practices, and propose innovative solutions to improve the infrastructure and processes.


  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, or a related field.
  • Strong knowledge of Kubernetes architecture, components, and best practices.
  • Experience with containerization technologies such as Docker.
  • 5+ years of experience in Linux systems administration.
  • Experience with some of the following supporting technologies/services: Ubuntu, Datadog, Prometheus, Grafana, Jaeger
  • Understanding of multiple database technologies, including SQL and NoSQL models (MSSQL, MongoDB, CockroachDB, Scylla DB).
  • Experience with systematic troubleshooting and root cause analysis
  • Experience with web services / RESTful APIs
  • Bonus: Experience integrating with manufacturing software stack (e.g. MES, LIMS, SCADA etc.)
  • Linux Foundation Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) certification preferred.
  • Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) is a plus

Equal Opportunity

Rivian is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information or characteristics, physical or mental disability, marital/domestic partner status, age, military/veteran status, medical condition, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Rivian is committed to ensuring that our hiring process is accessible for persons with disabilities. If you have a disability or limitation, such as those covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act, that requires accommodations to assist you in the search and application process, please email us at candidateaccommodations@rivian.com.

Candidate Data Privacy

Rivian may collect, use and disclose your personal information or personal data (within the meaning of the applicable data protection laws) when you apply for employment and/or participate in our recruitment processes (“Candidate Personal Data”). This data includes contact, demographic, communications, educational, professional, employment, social media/website, network/device, recruiting system usage/interaction, security and preference information. Rivian may use your Candidate Personal Data for the purposes of (i) tracking interactions with our recruiting system; (ii) carrying out, analyzing and improving our application and recruitment process, including assessing you and your application and conducting employment, background and reference checks; (iii) establishing an employment relationship or entering into an employment contract with you; (iv) complying with our legal, regulatory and corporate governance obligations; (v) recordkeeping; (vi) ensuring network and information security and preventing fraud; and (vii) as otherwise required or permitted by applicable law.

Rivian may share your Candidate Personal Data with (i) internal personnel who have a need to know such information in order to perform their duties, including individuals on our People Team, Finance, Legal, and the team(s) with the position(s) for which you are applying; (ii) Rivian affiliates; and (iii) Rivian’s service providers, including providers of background checks, staffing services, and cloud services.

Rivian may transfer or store internationally your Candidate Personal Data, including to or in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the European Union and in the cloud, and this data may be subject to the laws and accessible to the courts, law enforcement and national security authorities of such jurisdictions.

Please note that we are currently not accepting applications from third party application services.