About Us

At Cloudflare, we have our eyes set on an ambitious goal: to help build a better Internet. Today the company runs one of the world’s largest networks that powers trillions of requests per month. Cloudflare protects and accelerates any Internet application online without adding hardware, installing software, or changing a line of code. Internet properties powered by Cloudflare have all web traffic routed through its intelligent global network, which gets smarter with every request. As a result, they see significant improvement in performance and a decrease in spam and other attacks. Cloudflare was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer and named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top Company Cultures list.

We realize people do not fit into neat boxes. We are looking for curious and empathetic individuals who are committed to developing themselves and learning new skills, and we are ready to help you do that. We cannot complete our mission without building a diverse and inclusive team. We hire the best people based on an evaluation of their potential and support them throughout their time at Cloudflare. Come join us!  

 About the Department

Cloudflare’s Research team is responsible for designing and building the next generation of technologies that will power the Internet. Members of the Research team get to research new ideas and technologies, work independently on greenfield projects, participate in Internet standards organizations like the IETF and the CA/Browser forum, and publish their research in top journals. They are also expected work closely with the engineering organization to achieve common goals as well as dive into existing codebases to make meaningful changes to existing products. The Research team’s main focus is fulfilling the company’s goal: to help build a better Internet.

What you’ll do

In this role, you will lead a team of passionate, talented engineers that are building innovative technology that uses cryptography to solve big problems. You’ll introduce tools and processes to make our engineers’ lives better. You will play an active part in shaping product strategy based on what’s currently possible. You will help guide the development of new technologies and help make sure they are integrated into Cloudflare so that they can be used by customers, helping the company reach our ambitious goals.

You combine a passion for meeting strategic goals with building technically innovative solutions and excel at shifting between the two—understanding how big-picture goals inform technical details, and vice-versa. You thrive in a fast-paced iterative engineering environment and have experience in delivering scalable distributed systems as well as cutting-edge research. Most importantly, you will have a history of having past teams respect you as both a technical leader and manager.

Examples of desirable skills, knowledge and experience

  • 4+ years experience in engineering management
  • Solid foundation in computer science, with strong competencies in algorithms, data structures, software design, web security, and building large, distributed systems
  • Excel at planning, working multi-functionally, leading execution across teams to meet commitments and deliver with predictability
  • Demonstrate a track record of leading teams, including hiring, onboarding, and professional development. You inspire your team to reach higher. You’re as good as explaining “why” as you are “how”
  • Experience implementing tools, process, internal instrumentation, methodologies and resolving blockages
  • Demonstrated ability to recruit and hire top talent
  • Comfortable managing teams/projects with tight deadlines and short release cycles
  • Experience working with and getting the best out of post-doctorate researchers

Bonus Points

  • Being passionate about cryptography and/or web technology such as TLS
  • Familiarity working with DNS, database systems, Internet performance, and/or Internet security 

What Makes Cloudflare Special?

We’re not just a highly ambitious, large-scale technology company. We’re a highly ambitious, large-scale technology company with a soul. Fundamental to our mission to help build a better Internet is protecting the free and open Internet.

Project Galileo: We equip politically and artistically important organizations and journalists with powerful tools to defend themselves against attacks that would otherwise censor their work, technology already used by Cloudflare’s enterprise customers--at no cost.

Project Athenian: We created Athenian Project to ensure that state and local governments have the highest level of protection and reliability for free, so that their constituents have access to election information and voter registration.

Path Forward Partnership: Since 2016, we have partnered with Path Forward, a nonprofit organization, to create 16-week positions for mid-career professionals who want to get back to the workplace after taking time off to care for a child, parent, or loved one.

1.1.1.1: We released 1.1.1.1 to help fix the foundation of the Internet by building a faster, more secure and privacy-centric public DNS resolver. This is available publicly for everyone to use - it is the first consumer-focused service Cloudflare has ever released. Here’s the deal - we don’t store client IP addresses never, ever. We will continue to abide by our privacy policy and ensure that no user data is sold to advertisers or used to target consumers.

Sound like something you’d like to be a part of? We’d love to hear from you!

Cloudflare is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  We are committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all people and place great value in both diversity and inclusiveness.  All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to their, or any other person's, perceived or actual race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, family care status, or any other basis protected by law. We are an AA/Veterans/Disabled Employer.

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