Backend Engineer, Gitaly: Cluster


4 weeks ago


The GitLab DevSecOps platform empowers 100,000+ organizations to deliver software faster and more efficiently. We are one of the world’s largest all-remote companies with 2,000+ team members and values that foster a culture where people embrace the belief that everyone can contribute. Learn more about Life at GitLab.

At GitLab, developers are independent and self-organized individual contributors who work together as a tight team in a remote and agile way.  Most backend developers work on all aspects of GitLab, building features, fixing bugs, and generally improving the application. Senior Backend Engineers at GitLab work on our product. This includes both the open source version of GitLab, the enterprise editions, and the service as well. They work with peers on teams dedicated to areas of the product. They work together with product managers, designers, and frontend engineers to solve common goals.

Gitaly is the Git data storage tier of GitLab, providing a reliable, secure and fast distributed Git data store over gRPC. For more information about Gitaly, see the team’s Direction page.

Gitaly’s high-availability storage requires developers who understand distributed storage systems, their management, observability and availability. Cluster team contributes features, fixes bugs and improves performance of this software stack.

Currently, we're building a new distributed cluster solution and improvements to our Disaster Recovery readiness.


Within the Gitaly team specifically, in this role, you will:

  • Participate in architectural discussions and decisions surrounding Gitaly.
  • Design RPC interfaces for the Gitaly service.
  • Scope, estimate and describe tasks to reach the team’s goals.
  • Develop Gitaly in accordance with the product’s goals.
  • Instrument, monitor and profile Gitaly in the production environment.
  • Build dashboards and alerts to monitor the health of your services.
  • Conduct acceptance testing of the features you’ve built.
  • Educate all team members on best practices relating to high availability.
  • Participate in architectural discussions and decisions surrounding Gitaly.
  • Write performant, maintainable, and elegant code and peer review others’ code.
  • Be positive and solution-oriented.
  • Constantly improve the quality & security of the product.
  • Take initiative in improving the software in small or large ways to address pain points in your own experience as a developer.
  • Qualify developers for hiring.
  • Respond to user emergencies, platform alerts and support requests, including regular on-call duties.


  • Mandatory: proven professional experience building, debugging, optimizing software in large-scale, high-volume environments.
  • Mandatory: proven professional experience writing and testing high-quality code.
  • Mandatory: a good understanding of building instrumented, observable software systems.
  • Highly desirable: proven professional experience writing and testing quality code in Go.
  • Highly desirable: a good understanding of git’s internal data structures or experience running git servers.
  • Highly desirable: experience with gRPC.
  • Highly desirable: willingness to learn Ruby.
  • Highly desirable: experience running highly-available systems in production environments.
  • You share our values, and work in accordance with those values.

Avoid the confidence gap; you do not have to match all the listed requirements exactly to apply!

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Additional details about our process can be found on our hiring page.