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The Observability (OBS) team is looking to hire a Staff Software Engineer that thrives at the intersection of infrastructure and software development. This team own a suite of tools for allowing engineers to understand their creations, based primarily on open-source solutions at scale. We’re active users of and contributors to Prometheus, Thanos, Grafana, Vector and more.


We run a monitoring stack at reddit that processes billions of data-points a minute. Our stack is one of the larger deployments in the world of Prometheus/Thanos/Grafana, and with this come unique challenges of scale for these systems. Fun problems include performance engineering on a distributed query system and product thinking around new features to remove the user pain from this stack.


We also operate a hybrid system for logging  that involves some open source (Vector) and SaaS for the search backend. The team is working to provide new features, and deliver more reliable, scalable logging in the future.

Distributed Tracing

We’re in the midst of releasing a tracing product for internal use at Reddit, based on OTEL, Clickhouse, and Grafana. There will be ongoing work to scale this platform and add features.

As a member of the Observability team, your work will span these domains, which are rich with challenging infrastructure and software engineering problems. Your work will directly impact hundreds of millions of users around the world. Join us and help build the future of Reddit!

In your day-to-day, you can expect to:

  • Work collaboratively with a team of software engineers to create and maintain the foundational platform for running Reddit’s infrastructure.
  • Deliver software to improve the availability, scalability, latency, and efficiency of observability components.
  • Contribute feedback to the technical and strategic direction of eventing at Reddit.
  • Automate critical aspects of the event driven development process
  • Share on-call responsibilities. 
  • Contribute upstream changes to the open source projects we use

You have:

  • 7+ years of experience developing internet-scale software, preferably in the context of infrastructure.
  • Familiarity with distributed systems development, bonus if familiar with any of the specific tools (Prometheus, Thanos, Grafana, Vector, Clickhouse, Otel, Loki)
  • Experience developing on top of Kubernetes or similar distributed systems.
    • Kubernetes controller or operator development experience is a huge plus.
  • Strong troubleshooting capabilities surrounding both systems and software.
  • Experience engineering large systems, tracking work, and being a self-starter on projects.
  • Excellent communication skills to collaborate with a service-oriented team and company.


  • Comprehensive Healthcare Benefits
  • 401k Matching
  • Workspace benefits for your home office
  • Personal & Professional development funds
  • Family Planning Support
  • Flexible Vacation (please use them!) & Reddit Global Wellness Days
  • 4+ months paid Parental Leave
  • Paid Volunteer time off

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The base pay range for this position is:
$206,700$289,400 USD

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