Cloud Architect

Backend Engineering

Cloud Architect

  • Backend Engineering
  • Kubernetes
  • CircleCI
  • DataDog
  • AWS
  • Docker
  • PostgreSQL
  • Ruby
  • Redis
  • Elixir
  • TeamCity
  • Sumo Logic
  • CloudHealth
  • Amazon RDS

Our client is looking for a 🦄 Cloud Engineer to join their team. The team is focused on building a mass-scale, cloud-based media transcoding system. You will help design and build new features, coach and mentor other developers, research innovative technologies, and contribute to enhancements of multi-region and multi-cloud operations.


  • Investigate specific customer issues, such as resource contention in a multi-tenant environment, possible defects, and customer-side problems
  • Research, design, and implement innovative technologies for improving reliability, efficiency, and performance of the mass-scale cloud-based media transcoding system. Specific areas of focus may include: new efficient architectures for cloud-based media processing and transcoding; segment-based, scene-based, rendition-based, and title based job partitioning schemes; algorithms for efficient aggregation, allocation, and scheduling of transcoding jobs; load estimation and auto-scaling algorithms; optimal multi region and multi-cloud operations; optimal job allocation considering heterogeneous nature of cloud resources such as on-demand and spot-type instances, CPU vs GPU vs FPGA instances; and optimized processing at each worker level including parallel transcoding and optimal pipelining of operations
  • Conduct validation studies for proposed technologies and improvements by staging limited scale deployments, collecting metrics, and analyzing results
  • Stay abreast of latest developments in cloud platforms, transcoding architectures, new CPU/GPU/FPGA transcoding technologies, new 3rd-party SDKs, open source projects, etc.
  • Document and present the results in various forms, such as internal design documents, technical publications, white papers, patent applications, etc.


  • 5+ years of hands-on software engineering and architecture experience
  • Deep practical knowledge of capabilities and limits of cloud platforms (AWS preferred), including APIs, regions, instance types, and managed services such as auto-scalers, load balancers, storage systems, queues, caches, and lambda functions.
  • Experience with relational databases (PostgreSQL/RDS preferred)
  • Experience with distributed, in-memory caches (Redis preferred)
  • Experience with Ruby and other programming languages
  • Experience with Elixir is a plus
  • Experience working with Git, TeamCity, CircleCI, Sumo Logic, DataDog, and CloudHealth
  • Understanding of building, delivering and operating internet-scale, distributed, high availability systems.

Preferred qualifications:

  • MS in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or related fields
  • 5+ years of progressive experience in design and optimization of cloud-based, mass-scale media transcoding, processing, or delivery systems
  • Experience with Content Delivery Networks (CDNs)
  • Experience with Docker and/or Kubernetes
  • Knowledge of system-level standards: HLS, MPEG DASH, CMAF, ISOBMFF, MP2TS, etc.
  • Knowledge of structures of payloads and elementary streams: H.264/AVC, HEVC, AAC, AC3, etc.
  • Knowledge of means for carriage of subtitles, SCTE35, and other metadata in OTT systems
  • Knowledge of deployment guidelines associated with media delivery systems (Apple HLS deployment guidelines, DASH-IF IOPs, DVB-DASH, HbbTV DASH, CMAF content spec)
  • Experience using stream analyzers: Sencore CMA 1280, Tektronix MTS, Elecard StreamEye
  • Experience working with DRM systems (PlayReady, Widevine, FairPlay)
  • Understanding of new and evolving video and audio formats (HDR formats, spatial / object-based audio, immersive systems)
  • Experience with forensic watermarking systems
  • Experience in GPU or FPGA programming

This is a contract role. And, remote, too (duh!). 🏖️🤘