Systems Engineer - Encoding Services and Video Streaming


About Us

At Cloudflare, we have our eyes set on an ambitious goal: to help build a better Internet. Today, Cloudflare runs one of the world’s largest distributed networks that powers more than 1.5 trillion pageviews each month across 5 million Internet properties. More than 10 percent of all global Internet requests flow through Cloudflare’s network. Cloudflare protects and accelerates any Internet application online without adding hardware, installing software, or changing a line of code.

Our customers range from Fortune 500 companies and nonprofits to small businesses and budding entrepreneurs. Every day, about 12,000 new customers sign up. We’re working to create a faster, more secure, and more reliable experience for anyone online and given the scale at which we operate, our mission is big. Our team is hard at work shaping the future of the Internet by solving some of its toughest challenges. Come join us.

About the Department

Cloudflare’s Engineering Team builds and runs the software that handles about 10% of HTTP requests on the Internet today. You would be part of a small engineering team (less than 20 people) based in Austin, Texas that makes up our product strategy team, basically Cloudflare’s R&D arm. Engineers on the product strategy team work on what’s experimental and new for the company. In the last year, the product strategy team has built the only non-Google AMP cache, a VPN replacement, a virtual tunneling proxy, serverless compute at the edge, and an encoding and streaming video pipeline. Needless to say, it’s a fun team.


Every day, close to 1 billion people watch video through Cloudflare. Every month, Cloudflare serves 100 PB of video traffic. Cloudflare is building a brand new engineering team to focus just on video - utilizing the global network to make high quality video load without buffer on any device or network connection.

We are looking for a engineer to join us in kickstarting this team; an energetic team focused on finding robust, pragmatic and elegant solutions to difficult problems. You will work on a range of transactional microservices written in Go.

Our tech stack is a modern container-based microservice architecture. Technologies we use include Docker, Go (golang), PostgreSQL, Redis and the usual Unix/Linux tools and workflows. We strive to build reliable, fault tolerant video streaming systems that can operate at Cloudflare’s scale.


  • 2+ years professional experience as a developer/engineer
  • Knowledge of one or more mainstream programming languages (Go, C/C++, Java, Python, PHP).
  • Solid understanding of RESTful APIs and service security
  • Working knowledge of SQL and relational databases such as PostgreSQL or MySQL
  • Experience with modern Unix/Linux development and runtime environments
  • Overall, strong generalist engineers succeed at Cloudflare.


  • Experience with video codecs such as VP9, HEVC, and H.264
  • Familiarity with multimedia projects such as x264, ffmpeg and webm
  • Experience building products with video streaming or video live streaming
  • Experience implementing secure and highly-available distributed systems/microservices
  • Familiarity with Docker container runtime and orchestration environments
  • Experience with API tooling and standards (Swagger/OpenAPI, OAuth/JWT)
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with a bias towards action

What Makes Us 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. In 2014, we launched Project Galileo, an initiative through which we partner with global NGOs to identify websites at risk of attack and provide the same state-of-the-art mitigation technology already used by Cloudflare’s enterprise customers--at no cost. Project Galileo equips politically and artistically important organizations and journalists with powerful tools to defend themselves against attacks that would otherwise censor their work.

Additionally, in 2016, we announced our partnership with Path Forward, a nonprofit organization that works with companies to create 18-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. With the lofty goal of shaping the future of the Internet, we’re focused on recruiting the best and the brightest, no matter what.

Cloudflare is a security company. A successful background check is required for employment.

Cloudflare hires the best people based on an evaluation of their abilities and effectiveness.  We don't discriminate against employees on the basis of any other personal characteristic or any classification protected by federal, state or local law.

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