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Staff Devops Engineer



Software Engineering
San Francisco, CA, USA · California, USA · Remote
Posted on Thursday, February 2, 2023
About Brilliant
Brilliant is a tight-knit team of scientists, educators, engineers, designers, storytellers, and illustrators who are redesigning education at scale.
We believe that math and science are fascinating and beautiful, but that the tools widely used to teach it are dry and ineffective. Brilliant makes learning STEM fun, through problem solving and interactive explorations – from foundational math and science to cutting-edge computer science and professional topics.
Brilliant helps over 12 million students, professionals, and lifelong learners around the world cultivate problem solving skills, build intuition, and master concepts rather than memorize them. To understand more about our approach, see our learning principles.
You can see all open roles and learn more about our team culture on our Careers page.
Application Note
We're always excited to welcome and encourage anyone from non-traditional backgrounds to apply, so please, don't sweat the requirements lists too much! It's important to note that including a cover letter which details your interest in Brilliant and why you feel you'd be a great fit for this position will be required to be considered.
The Role
We are a team of fun, motivated, and experienced entrepreneurs who are working to make a huge impact in education. As a DevOps engineer on our team, you'll build the technology that enables an entirely new way of teaching STEM to a broad range of students.
Interactive education is in its infancy; we have really only scratched the surface of what is possible with computer-based pedagogy. Our work helps people across Brilliant teach topics from vector calculus to neural networks in an interactive way. Come build the future of interactive learning with us!


  • Build systems that are easy to debug if someone is paged at 2am (and that fail gracefully enough that they almost never need to page overnight anyway).
  • Contribute to a culture of excellence within the Platform pod. Set high standards for candor and mutual accountability.
  • Strike a careful balance between velocity and quality.
  • Define and advocate for initiatives that will improve engineering velocity and quality of life.
  • Bring new features from conception to completion, contributing code across our entire stack.
  • Exercise a high degree of autonomy and technical authority on a team that trusts you to do what's right for our users but is there to support you when you need it.
  • Frequently ask: How does this impact our learners?

Who are you?

  • You have at least 7 years of professional experience in technical roles, and at least 5 of them configuring and maintaining modern DevOps systems and tools.
  • You got into programming because you’re motivated by solving users’ problems.
  • You're capable of working across the stack, and you're most energized when enabling product engineering teams to move faster.
  • You enjoy solving technical challenges in a way simple enough for an intern to understand and build upon. You avoid introducing complex, novel, or "clever" solutions. You write code for humans, not for computers.
  • You're excited to collaborate closely with talented engineers. You enjoy solving problems as a team, pair-programming, and sharing knowledge. You want to be a mentor and to be mentored.
  • You have deep experience with a few languages and frameworks, and you know what you do and do not like about them. You believe in using the right tool for the job — even when it’s an unfamiliar one, and especially when it's a boring one. You stay up-to-date with the latest technologies and patterns, recognizing the differences between a game-changer and a passing fad.
  • You're excited to be our first DevOps specialist and join a small team focused on our developer platform
  • You have experience helping engineering organizations modernize their developer tooling to match their growth
  • You're very familiar with AWS (especially ECS and the relevant ecosystem), Docker, and Terraform
  • You have a favorite product and can articulate your perspective on what makes using it delightful. You often think about how the products you use could be better.
Our Engineering Team
Our engineers are extraordinary programmers without big egos. We love to share knowledge and support each other. We work together as an interdependent team to accomplish a common goal, and we know how to get things done. We maintain high personal standards, and possess an ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated pursuit of knowledge.
Why join Brilliant?
Brilliant has a mission you can get behind. We’re a company that’s helping to bring learners from all over the world together and create a platform on which they can excel, learn, and contribute.
We also offer:
• Competitive compensation
• Medical, dental, and vision benefits – we pay 100% of the premiums
• Equipment budget for computer and peripherals
• Free lunch
• Weekly happy hour
• Flexible vacation time
• Fully-stocked pantry and refrigerator with snacks and drinks
• Sponsorship for conferences and professional development
• A stimulating work environment and a chance to change the world
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