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Senior Software Engineer (Golang, Kubernetes, Open Source)

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About Loft Labs

We are a venture-backed tech startup with headquarters in San Francisco (Salesforce Tower) but our team is distributed across 8 timezones and we have a remote-first work culture - and not just because of Covid.

Working on developer tools and open-source technology is part of our DNA. We are the maintainers of several popular open-source projects in the Kubernetes space:

  • vcluster - Virtual Kubernetes Clusters: (certified Kubernetes distribution) / +2M Image Pulls on Docker Hub
  • DevSpace - Docker-Compose But For Kubernetes: / +600k Downloads
  • kiosk - Multi-Tenancy Extension for Kubernetes: (AWS security best practice for EKS)
  • jsPolicy - Kubernetes Policies using JavaScript & TypeScript:

Our commercial product is called Loft ( and brings all our open-source projects together in one platform which enables high-velocity engineering teams to move faster when building cloud-native software. Most of our customers are startup unicorns and Fortune 500 companies.


Your Tasks

We are looking for an experienced Golang engineer with solid Kubernetes experience to join our team to build open-source developer tooling in the cloud-native space. In this position, you will:

  • Build new features for our open-source projects and for our commercial product
  • Take responsibility for everything you are working on - from taking on an issue, over planning the implementation, writing the code, adding the tests to actually shipping the feature as part of our release workflow
  • Write Golang code that is easy-to-test, performant, bug-free (no worries, we know that that's an illusion), and well-structured
  • Drive really deep into the inner workings of Kubernetes (controllers, CRDs, extension API servers, etc.)
  • Contribute to docs and tests for all projects you are working on to ensure we ship high-quality code for our enterprise customers and open-source community users
  • Optionally: Participate in CNCF events (KubeCon), share your work in our blog and/or be an active member of the open-source ecosystem



You are the right candidate for this opportunity if you have:

  • Intense hands-on experience with Kubernetes and containers in general
  • 2+ years of experience with Golang and at least one other language
  • Deep conceptual and architectural understanding of microservices, containers, and complex distributed systems
  • Solid hands-on experience with bash, containers and CI/CD systems
  • Extensive knowledge of the cloud-native ecosystem including CNCF projects, cloud-native developer tools, container build systems, and Kubernetes platforms
  • Experience with at least one of the major cloud platforms (AWS, GCP, Azure)
  • A team player mindset with excellent written and verbal communications skills, that will help you and your colleagues to stay connected and keep everyone in the loop while being remote
  • A passion for building developer tooling and automation that will drive you to constantly improve and extend our tool suite for the benefit of our users and customers
  • No issues with communicating and contributing code publicly (we're largely open-source, remember?)
  • Optionally: Willingness to write or talk about your latest work in our blog or during community events or meetup



We offer the following benefits:

  • Competitive Salary: We tend to pay higher wages than other startups.
  • Platinum-Level Insurance: Health, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance including plans for eligible dependents (depends on country)
  • 401k Retirement Plan (US-based employees only, other offerings may apply in different countries)
  • Flexible Working Schedule: You have a doctor’s appointment or need to head to the supermarket to get groceries at 2pm? We won’t have an issue with that. To us, results matter more than clocking in and out at the same time every day.
  • Workplace Flexibility: If you want to work from home, that’s great! If you’d prefer to work in a coworking space, we can make that happen as well. If you want to relocate to our HQ in San Francisco, let’s discuss that. We’re flexible on all of this and we know things can change in life and we’re happy to adjust the work environment for you along the way.


Why join a startup like Loft Labs?

Since we are a fast-moving startup, you will not be number 396.589 in our company but rather become an essential part of our team right from the start:

  • Fast Application Process: We will typically get back to you within a week. No need to polish your resume for us. Just send us some links (e.g. LinkedIn, etc.), answer a few questions about your previous experiences, and hop on a quick Zoom call with one of our team members to see if you’re a good fit. We will respond quickly and make hiring decisions within days rather than months.
  • Open-Minded Work Environment: You can always speak your mind - no company politics or unnecessary formalities. We are operating in a lean, honest, and efficient way and we are looking for different perspectives, constructive feedback and creative, motivated people who want to make a difference.
  • Grow With The Company: We are a small company right now but we are growing incredibly fast because we work on something that has a lot of value to engineering teams in large enterprises. Joining Loft Labs early will give you the chance to advance much faster to the next step on the career ladder than in any larger company.
  • Responsibility From Day 1: You will see right from the start that your work will immediately have an impact in our company and you can shape the future of this company together with the rest of our team. Grow with us and benefit from being part of this journey from the start.


Culture & Values

At Loft Labs, we value and stand for:

  • Technical Excellence: We are determined to build best-in-class technology and ship high-quality software because we know that our users are engineers themselves.
  • Customer Obsession: We are going above and beyond to make our customers and users happy, which means striving for great usability, excellent documentation and support as well as fast response times for feature requests and bug reports.
  • Impressive Speed: From user feedback to shipping a new feature to address this feedback, we usually take less than a week in most cases and our users absolutely love us for this.
  • Bold Innovation: We are constantly questioning the state-of-the-art to find and address important issues in our space, even if that means abandoning any existing technologies and starting from scratch again.
  • Open Source & Open Mind: We are actively contributing and maintaining open-source projects and we believe that building an open-minded team culture that respects different perspectives and welcomes constructive feedback is equally paramount to our success.


Loft Labs, Inc. provides equal opportunities for all candidates. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive work environment for everyone who becomes part of our team. We are also actively promoting measures to reduce bias throughout our hiring process to ensure that everyone gets the same opportunities.