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Senior Software Engineer

Software Engineering
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Akamai is the world’s largest and most trusted cloud delivery platform, delivering 95 exabytes of data a year across billions of devices. If you've ever shopped online, downloaded music, watched a web video or connected to work remotely, you've used Akamai's cloud delivery platform. At the heart of that platform is a set of systems that provide security, metadata delivery, communications, and infrastructure services for the entire Akamai network. Our users rely on our scalable and secure platform offerings to quickly deploy and monitor apps and services which are the foundation of Akamai’s products.

The ideal candidate for this role has a strong Linux background and is highly motivated to both design and develop innovative solutions using Go, Python, C/C++ and SQL. The candidate should be familiar with secure programming concepts, possess strong networking fundamentals and has experience with network programming, takes pride in designing and developing maintainable and highly reliable code, and is effective supporting software as a highly available service. The candidate should understand the high-level picture of system integration and can solve complicated problems within that environment. The candidate will be part of implementing, designing, developing, and delivering Akamai’s solution to protect all our hosts from malicious traffic. The candidate must communicate effectively and interact well with other engineers of other disciplines such as DevOps, SQA, system administration, and management.

As a Senior Software Engineer, you will be responsible for:

* Developing software that improves the security, stability, speed, and scalability of our software services
* Designing and developing new features, optimizing and enhancing existing software functionality
* Understanding broad sets of use cases, building the right API's and features to support them
* Improving the testability, deployment, monitorability, and maintainability of our software
* Becoming a subject matter expert for our systems with an ability to explain and improve complicated code bases and assist with troubleshooting complex problems
* Helping make Akamai systems faster, more scalable, reliable, and secure

About the Team
Part of our Platform Engineering organization, Akamai’s System Communications (SysComm) team is in charge of developing distributed systems and platform infrastructure services to support Akamai's global network powered by over 300,000 servers. These systems operate behind the scenes to secure our network, help product teams bring their latest ideas to market, and provide the fault-tolerant and highly-scalable core of Akamai's communications, configuration, and monitoring systems.


Required Education and Experience
Applicants must meet the following education and experience requirements:
* 5 years of relevant experience and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or its equivalent or
* 3 years of relevant experience and a Master’s degree or
* Relevant experience and a PhD

Required Skills
* 5+ years of experience in C/C++ or Python
* 5+ years of experience with Linux
* 5+ years of experience with common Internet protocols such as TCP/IP, HTTP and DNS
* 5+ years of experience building scalable servers or distributed systems
* 3+ years of experience developing networking software leveraging iptables and ipsec

Desired Skills

* Experience programming in Go
* Experience building scalable, production-grade distributed systems
* Experience with databases, SQL, and/or distributed key-value storage solutions
* Experience creating and supporting RESTful API's and infrastructure tools and libraries

* Strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills
* Self-motivated, highly responsible, able to work with little supervision

About Akamai Technologies

Akamai secures and delivers digital experiences for the world's largest companies. Akamai's intelligent edge platform surrounds everything, from the enterprise to the cloud, so customers and their businesses can be fast, smart, and secure. Top brands globally rely on Akamai to help them realize competitive advantage through agile solutions that extend the power of their multi-cloud architectures. Akamai keeps decisions, apps and experiences closer to users than anyone - and attacks and threats far away. Akamai's portfolio of edge security, web and mobile performance, enterprise access and video delivery solutions is supported by unmatched customer service, analytics and 24/7/365 monitoring. To learn how Akamai is shaping the future of digital transformation, visit and follow @AkamaiCareers on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Akamai is a growing, and evolving, company with offices and operations around the world. As such, we strive to foster inclusive and representative workplaces where all employees are wholly welcome, and enabled to share and benefit from each other’s diverse contributions, as one global team. Our commitment to diversity reaches beyond our corporate offices, to our business partners and suppliers who share the same principles, and whose employees we value as integral to the Akamai business family. Learn more at

Akamai Technologies is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. If you'd like more information about EEO rights under United States law, please click here

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