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Senior Systems / Operations Engineer (Contractor)

SambaNovaSystemsFull-time$100k - $250k*Palo Alto, CaliforniaApr 2, 2024

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The era of pervasive AI has arrived.  In this era, organizations will use generative AI to unlock hidden value in their data, accelerate processes, reduce costs, drive efficiency and innovation to fundamentally transform their businesses and operations at scale.

SambaNova Suite™ is the first full-stack, generative AI platform, from chip to model, optimized for enterprise and government organizations. Powered by the intelligent SN40L chip, the SambaNova Suite is a fully integrated platform, delivered on-premises or in the cloud, combined with state-of-the-art open-source models that can be easily and securely fine-tuned using customer data for greater accuracy. Once adapted with customer data, customers retain model ownership in perpetuity, so they can turn generative AI into one of their most valuable assets.

Working at SambaNova

This is a unique opportunity to shape the future of AI and the value it can unlock across every aspect of an organization’s business and operations. 

Job Type: Contract 

Duration: 6 months with the possibility of conversion to full-time employment

Schedule: Flexible 8-hour shifts Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00am to 8:00pm Pacific Time, with occasional nights and/or weekends as needed for high priority work.

Work setting: Palo Alto or Bay Area, CA or Remote (mainland USA only)

Travel:  willing to travel occasionally



SambaNova Systems is seeking an experienced and enthusiastic Senior Systems / Operations Engineer to help a specific SambaNova Systems customer deploy, operate and securely manage their SambaNova platform and services. 

The ideal candidate for this highly critical role will have deep hands-on experience in systems and infrastructure engineering, good software and coding skills, and a strong passion for troubleshooting and problem solving.  

In this role, you will use your excellent verbal and written communication skills to: 

  • support and guide the end-user customer regarding SambaNova hardware and software tasks. (The users will perform all hands-on keyboard work while you guide them.)
  • be the liaison between the end-user customer and the SambaNova Systems team
  • guide and work with smart hands to troubleshoot physical hardware
  • describe in detail to an individual who may have never touched hardware before, how to reseat a cable or replace an individual component or the entire unit
  • create and maintain clear and concise documentation
  • convert internal documentation to be presentable and understandable to the end-user customer


Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, or a related field
  • 5-10+ years of related industry experience
    • 5+ years of Linux admin + server hardware experience 
    • 2+ years working with Ansible
  • US Citizenship is required along with the ability to pass all background and government clearance checks


Additional Required Qualifications

  • Expert level experience with container ecosystem (deployment, management, troubleshooting)  
    • 3+ years of Kubernetes experience
  • Experience troubleshooting system and application layers
    • Ability to work independently with customers for triage and isolation of applications
    • Ability to dig into logs and backend services to do an RCA report
    • Report bugs or RFE to the Platform Team   
  • Linux administration and server hardware experience (deployment, troubleshooting, monitoring, and regular maintenance)
    • Experience with RHEL 8.5+
    • Experience with managing physical x86 servers remotely
    • OS deployment experience via various means (kickstart, out of band, and locally)
    • Troubleshooting hardware and OS issues
    • Experience working with NFS 
  • Automation and Scripting (Bash, Ansible, Python3)
    • Ability to create from scratch or augment existing ones
    • 2+ years working with Ansible 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills


Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with Platform 9
  • Machine Learning - high-level understanding of everything related to how training a model works


Annual Salary Range and Level

The base wage for this position ranges from $110.00/hour up to $150.00/hour. This range is based on role, level, and location and reflects the salary target for new hires in the US. Individual pay within the range will depend on a number of factors, including a candidate’s job-related qualifications, skills, competencies and experience, and location.

The targeted pay range listed reflects the base pay only and does not include bonus, equity, or benefits. This opportunity is a contract role of 6 months with the possibility of conversion to full-time employment.


Benefits Summary for US-Based Full-Time Direct Employment Positions

(The Recruiter will provide benefit details for non-US-based roles)

SambaNova offers a competitive total rewards package, including the base salary, plus equity and benefits. We cover 95% premium coverage for employee medical insurance, and 77% premium coverage for dependents and offer a Health Savings Account (HSA) with employer contribution. We also offer Dental, Vision, Short/Long term Disability, Basic Life, Voluntary Life, and AD&D insurance plans in addition to Flexible Spending Account (FSA) options like Health Care, Limited Purpose, and Dependent Care. Our library of well-being benefits available to you and your dependents includes a full subscription to Headspace, Gympass+ membership with access to physical gyms, One Medical membership, counseling services with an Employee Assistance Program, and much more.


Submission Guidelines

Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any position at SambaNova Systems, you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. 

If you are a new, recent (within the last two years), or upcoming college graduate and are interested in opportunities with SambaNova Systems, please apply through our university job listings.


EEO Policy

SambaNova Systems is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard basis of age (40 and over), color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, military or veteran status, national origin/ancestry, race, religion, creed, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding), sexual orientation, and any other applicable status protected by federal, state, or local laws.


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