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Senior Software Engineer, Gateway - Performance

Kong

Kong

Software Engineering
Shanghai, China
Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2024
Are you ready to power the World's connections?
If you don’t think you meet all of the criteria below but are still interested in the job, please apply. Nobody checks every box - we’re looking for candidates that are particularly strong in a few areas, and have some interest and capabilities in others.
About the role:
This team is responsible for maintaining the core proxy path of the Kong API Gateway product. You need a solid technical background and will work on improving proxy path stability, performance, observability as well as debuggability from top to the very bottom. You will have the opportunity to make sound technical decisions, influence feature design, and ensure timely delivery of objectives.
Why should you want to work at Kong?
Market Opportunity - We are on a quest to build a $10b+ software company over the next few years and need YOUR help!
Why APIs Matter? APIs have been enabling innovation for decades!
Strong VC team, Series D, strong year over year revenue growth!
Technical Leadership - We are recognized as the leader in innovation in the connectivity space.
Marco, our CTO/co-founder - “We are the Cisco of L4 and L7” - CUBE Conversation, March 2021
We are the leading innovator in the connectivity space!
Amazing Team & Culture - Come be a "Konger" and find out what we mean.
Kong employees exemplify our culture at our 2022 Sales Kickoff
Building Great Products - Learn why the world's largest companies love our tech!
Over 250m+ downloads of our open source API gateway! Over 40k+ stars on Github between Kong API and Kong Insomnia!

What you'll do:

  • Work on our core proxy stack which is heavily based on Nginx/OpenResty
  • Develop new proxy path features such as routing/load balancing/tracing/metrics
  • Extend Nginx core to facilitate requirements that are not possible today
  • Troubleshoot and profiling performance bottlenecks
  • Write automated tests to check the functionality of Gateway
  • Design and write performance tests that can demonstrate performance differences between changes/releases
  • Collaborate with other team such as the control plane/data team to facilitate end-to-end delivery of new features
  • Be active in the Gateway OSS community

What you'll bring:

  • 5+ years of experience developing data plane software
  • Experience in one of Rust, C, C++
  • Experience with low level debugging using GDB/LLDB
  • Understanding of process memory usage and troubleshooting techniques
  • Understanding of development with Git workflows
  • Expertise in test-driven development and automated testing
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Bonus Points:

  • Experience in Nginx/OpenResty/Kong or other L4/L7 proxy software
  • Expertise in performance profiling techniques such as perf_events, SystemTap, eBPF
  • Experience in writing Lua code
  • Experience in JIT compiler, such as LuaJIT/V8
  • Experience in OpenTelemetry, Datadog, Dynatrace or other observability frameworks
  • Experience developing for SaaS platforms
  • Previous contributions to Open Source projects
What is a Konger?
We are a group of makers, thinkers, and doers focused on helping today’s developers build tomorrow’s technology. Our teams work on the bleeding edge of API innovation to provide our users with a central nervous system for data and services.
We put design at the heart of everything we do, and we’re relentlessly focused on creating beautiful experiences for our customers. That’s why technology companies, major banks, e-commerce innovators, and government agencies put Kong in front of their most important web applications.
We believe in the power of Open Source and everything it stands for. That’s why developers around the world enthusiastically contribute on top of our open-source platform.
We are passionate about solving challenges that will fundamentally shape the future of technology, and we’re looking for the right people to join us on our mission. If you believe in taking ownership of your work, making an impact, and having fun along the way, we would love to talk to you.
Kong Core Values:
Be Inclusive. We work together from anywhere to achieve our common goals. Our differences make us stronger.
Be Authentic. We are genuine, principled and confident without arrogance. Show respect and kindness, especially in tough moments.
Be Relentlessly Resourceful. We work with purpose, obsession and grit. It takes muscle to do hard things and doing hard things build muscle.
Be Customer Obsessed. We care. Customers are everything, we put them at the center of everything you do. We are all empowered to make an impact.
Be Curious. We value ideas over hierarchy. Never accept the status quo. We make bold bets, fail, and learn everyday. There is always a way.
Be an Owner. We are drivers not passengers and own the quality and outcomes of our work.
About Kong:
Kong is THE cloud native API platform with the fastest, most adopted API gateway in the world (over 300m downloads!). Loved by developers and trusted with enterprises’ most critical traffic volumes, Kong helps startups and Fortune 500 companies build with confidence – allowing them to bring solutions to market faster with API and service connectivity that scales easily and securely.
83% of web traffic today is API calls! APIs are the connective tissue of the cloud and the underlying technology that allows software to talk and interact with one another. Therefore, we believe that APIs act as the nervous system of the cloud. Our audacious mission is to build the nervous system that will safely and reliably connect all of humankind!
For more information about Kong, please visit konghq.com or follow @thekonginc on Twitter.
We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.