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Staff Software Engineer - Compute Platform

FastlyDenver, ColoradoFull-time$181k - $226kOct 13, 2023
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Fastly helps people stay better connected with the things they love. Fastly’s edge cloud platform enables customers to create great digital experiences quickly, securely, and reliably by processing, serving, and securing our customers’ applications as close to their end-users as possible — at the edge of the Internet. The platform is designed to take advantage of the modern internet, to be programmable, and to support agile software development. Fastly’s customers include many of the world’s most prominent companies, including Vimeo, Pinterest, The New York Times, and GitHub.

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Staff Software Engineer - Compute Platform

Fastly has taken a radically different approach to building an edge compute platform. Our compute platform leverages WebAssembly as a core building block for our platform. It allows us to run serverless code with fast startup times and strong isolation guarantees. The Compute Platform team builds the core service that runs all Fastly compute workloads.

We are looking for a Staff Software Engineer to join this multifaceted team. In addition to systems programming and networking, this role will involve cross-team collaboration. There is also ample opportunity to contribute to open source projects (like Wasmtime) that are key parts of the Compute@Edge story. This is a high impact role in a growing and important team at Fastly.

What You'll Do

  • Design and implement platform features such as adding network protocol support and WebAssembly component model
  • Design and implement both low- and high-level APIs for interacting with other services
  • Write Rust code that handles concerns like resource management, back pressure, and interactions with other services
  • Analyze and address performance and stability issues to meet high scale requirements
  • Collaborate with other teams at Fastly on API design
  • Contribute to the Rust and WebAssembly open source ecosystems

What We're Looking For

  • Experience with high-reliability systems programming in Rust
  • Experience with networking and distributed systems
  • Comfortable writing asynchronous, concurrent code
  • Pragmatic approach, with a willingness to invest as much energy into maintenance as into new code
  • Interest in mentoring within the team through coaching, delegation, and reviews
  • A minimum of 8 years industry experience as a software engineer

We'll be super impressed if you have experience in any of these: 

  • Experience with Rust
  • Experience with API design in functional languages
  • Understanding of security concerns in multi-tenant systems
  • Experience with and interest in technical writing
  • Interest in open source contribution

Work Location(s) & Travel Requirements: 

This position is open to the following preferred office locations:

  • San Francisco, CA 
  • Los Angeles, CA 
  • Denver, CO 
  • New York City, NY 

Fastly currently embraces a largely hybrid model for most roles which allows employees flexibility to split their time between the office and home. 


The estimated salary range for this position is $181,220 to $226,520. 

Starting salary may vary based on permissible, non-discriminatory factors such as experience, skills, qualifications, and location.

This role may be eligible to participate in Fastly’s equity and discretionary bonus programs.


We care about you. Fastly works hard to create a positive environment for our employees, and we think your life outside of work is important too. We support our teams with great benefits that start on the first day of your employment with Fastly. Curious about our offerings? 

We offer a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, and vision insurance. Family planning, mental health support along with Employee Assistance Program, Insurance (Life, Disability, and Accident), an open vacation policy and up to 18 days of accrued paid sick leave are there to help support our employees. We also offer 401(k) (including company match) and an Employee Stock Purchase Program. For 2023, we offer 10 paid local holidays, 11 paid company wellness days. 


Why Fastly?

  • We have a huge impact. Fastly is a small company with a big reach. Not only do our customers have a tremendous user base, but we also support a growing number of open source projects and initiatives. Outside of code, employees are encouraged to share causes close to their heart with others so we can help lend a supportive hand.

  • We love distributed teams. Fastly’s home-base is in San Francisco, but we have multiple offices and employees sprinkled around the globe. As a new hire, you will be able to attend our IN-PERSON new hire orientation in our San Francisco office! It is an exciting week-long experience that we offer to new employees to build connections with colleagues across Fastly, participate in hands-on learning opportunities, and immerse yourself in our culture firsthand. 

  • We value diversity. Growing and maintaining our inclusive and diverse team matters to us. We are committed to being a company where our employees feel comfortable bringing their authentic selves to work and have the ability to be successful -- every day.

  • We are passionate. Fastly is chock full of passionate people and we’re not ‘one size fits all’. Fastly employs authors, pilots, skiers, parents (of humans and animals), makeup geeks, coffee connoisseurs, and more. We love employees for who they are and what they are passionate about.

We’re always looking for humble, sharp, and creative folks to join the Fastly team. If you think you might be a fit please apply! A fully completed application and resume or CV are required when applying.

Fastly is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunity and to providing employees with a safe and welcoming work environment free of discrimination and harassment. Our employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, family or parental status, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances.

Consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and federal or state disability laws, Fastly will provide reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact your Recruiter, or the Fastly Employee Relations team at [email protected] or 501-287-4901. 

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