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Software Development Engineer

Job ID: 2553630 | Amazon Development Center U.S., Inc.


Containers have become the de-facto method of packaging and running applications. Does the idea of innovating in this foundational technology energize you? Are you interested in diving deep into how containers are run and managed? Are you an open source enthusiast and interested in becoming a member of the the growing container runtime community? If yes, we invite you to apply for a SDE position on the AWS Container Runtime team.

We are delivering innovations in the container runtime space that are not only at the heart of most containerized applications and workloads running on AWS, but are also open-sourced and contributed back to the community. Our goal is to improve the customer experience with running containers. Open source and community-driven projects are a significant part of that experience. You will have an opportunity to actively engage in containerd and other related open source projects along with supporting AWS teams in this space. The scope and impact of this role is beyond just a single AWS team.

Key job responsibilities
In this role, you will be part of a two-pizza team in an org of 30+ engineers. As a software development engineer, you will:

* Help establish technical direction, foster team culture, grow junior engineers and deliver exciting features to internal and external customers.
* Take end to end ownership of the software development life cycle. This includes design, testing and deployment
* Be very hands-on; work with the engineering team to manage the day-to-day development activities by leading architecture decisions, participating in designs, design review, code review, and implementation
* Champion operational, technical and process improvements
* Work with your manager and other engineers in delivering to the roadmap
* Interact with customers on public forums (AWS, GitHub) to respond to queries, issues, and complaints

A day in the life
You will have the opportunity to design and implement systems that delight our customers. You will also learn how things are built and deployed in AWS, brush up on operational excellence, and apply it on the job!

* Work with the open source community and teams at Amazon to lead and deliver innovations in foundational container technologies
* Collaborate with other engineers towards broader organizational goals and projects
* Collaborate with product and program managers, principal engineers for feature definition and delivery
* Work with other AWS teams to build innovative solutions that create value for our customers who need container runtime to run their containerized applications
* Stay aware of developments in the container space and upstream community projects
* Contribute to technical designs

About the team
Nucleo team within Serverless Containers org builds, maintains, and operates products foundational to running containers in the cloud, many of which are also open-sourced. We are Bottlerocket, Container Runtime, and Finch. Together, these teams do foundational work to make AWS the best place to run containers, and engage with and contribute to strategic open source projects.

The Container Runtime team delivers innovations in the container runtime space that are not only at the heart of most containerized applications and workloads running on AWS, but are also open-sourced and contributed back to the community. The most recent example is Seekable OCI (SOCI), a technology we open sourced, to improve container launch times, and is already used by AWS Fargate.

We are open to hiring candidates to work out of one of the following locations:

Seattle, WA, USA


- 3+ years of non-internship professional software development experience
- 2+ years of non-internship design or architecture (design patterns, reliability and scaling) of new and existing systems experience
- Experience programming with at least one software programming language


- 3+ years of full software development life cycle, including coding standards, code reviews, source control management, build processes, testing, and operations experience
- Bachelor's degree in computer science or equivalent
- Go programming language
- Knowledge of working with containers
- Experience contributing to open source projects

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Our compensation reflects the cost of labor across several US geographic markets. The base pay for this position ranges from $115,000/year in our lowest geographic market up to $223,600/year in our highest geographic market. Pay is based on a number of factors including market location and may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. Amazon is a total compensation company. Dependent on the position offered, equity, sign-on payments, and other forms of compensation may be provided as part of a total compensation package, in addition to a full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits. For more information, please visit This position will remain posted until filled. Applicants should apply via our internal or external career site.