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Senior Infrastructure Engineer at Clarifai
District of Columbia, US

About the Company:

Clarifai is an artificial intelligence company that excels at visual recognition. We do not sell an abstract, futuristic technology - we sell a solution that people can use today to solve real-world problems. We believe that the same AI technology that gives big tech companies a competitive edge should be available to developers and businesses. That’s why we build products to make it easy, quick, and inexpensive for them to innovate with AI, go to market faster, and build better customer experiences. We make “teaching” AI just as accessible as we make using AI, which is why our technology is the most personalized, unbiased, accurate solution in the market.

We have secured $40M in funding up to date, backed by Menlo Ventures, Google Ventures, USV, NVIDIA, Qualcomm, Osage, Lux Capital, LDV Capital, and Corazon Capital. To continue to succeed, we need people like you to join the team!

Clarifai is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace dedicated to pursuing and hiring a diverse workforce.

Your Opportunity:

We build the systems and services that other engineers use to build the Clarifai products. Neural networks are data-hungry beasts and we work to keep them well-fed. Clarifai’s infrastructure team is responsible for the overall availability and reliability of the products we sell. We work with the other engineering teams to ensure they have the tools and resources they need to deliver the best product for our customers. You will be one of the first infrastructure engineers to work in our Tysons Corner, VA office.

Your Impact:

Your focus on engineering efficiency will empower the engineers around you to deliver products faster than ever before while your knowledge of service reliability best practices will help Clarifai scale to meet growing customer demand.

What You’ll Do:

  • Monitor the scalability of our products and work with teams to identify and resolve potential bottlenecks.
  • Develop and maintain the internal services that power our infrastructure.
  • Provide the tools and platforms used by our engineers to build and maintain our products.

What You Bring:

  • Proficiency in Python, Golang, C++, or Java.
  • You are well versed in observability and reliability best practices.
  • You are an expert with build pipelines and package tooling.
  • Experience with common cloud datastores (RDS, Cloud SQL, Redshift, et al.) or their open source alternatives.
  • Experience with container orchestration (e.g. Kubernetes, Mesos, EKS, GKE, et al.)
  • You have experience with distributed computing and storage (e.g. Hadoop, Spark, HDFS, CEPH, et al.)
  • You have security clearance or have the ability to apply for one.

Would Be Nice If You Also Have:

  • Experience using GPUs for computation.
  • Experience with hybrid (cloud and physical) infrastructure deployments.
  • Experience working on longer term initiatives with pre-defined achievements and deliverables (for example government projects)


In your first month, you will start off by learning the ropes. You will:

  • Develop a mental model of the existing services that make up Clarifai’s production stack.
  • Begin to tackle tasks which expose you to different pieces of our infrastructure.
  • Work with peers to find which tasks are the highest priority and then deliver on them.

3 months later, you will use your understanding of Clarifai’s infrastructure to find the critical areas to address. You will:

  • Use your expertise to actively identify areas the team should be addressing within our existing infrastructure.
  • Work with other engineering teams to deliver infrastructure improvements for current product initiatives.

6 months down the road, you'll have an understanding of current and future projects that will allow you to scale our products and our engineering practices. You will:

  • Work on addressing critical infrastructure issues, preventing it from becoming a future postmortem.
  • Work with other engineering teams to deliver infrastructure improvements for future product initiatives, empowering those teams to deliver on their schedule.
  • Scale our engineering standard methodologies, enhancing the efficiency of your peers through better processes, tools, or both.

In 12 months, your deep understanding of our product and infrastructure will be critical in determining the future vision for our infrastructure. You will:

  • Continue to scale our existing tools and platforms for a rapidly growing engineering organization and product suite.
  • Identify large future initiatives the infrastructure layer should be focusing on, ensuring we remain ahead of any scaling bottlenecks and product requirements.

In the future, you’ll continue to ensure our products scale to meet growing customer demand and our engineering team has the tools and platforms they need to deliver new products faster than before.

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