Node Operations Engineer - Crypto and Onchain



United States
Posted on Thursday, May 23, 2024

Building the Future of Crypto

Our Krakenites are a world-class team with crypto conviction, united by our desire to discover and unlock the potential of crypto and blockchain technology.

What makes us different?

Kraken is a mission-focused company rooted in crypto values. As a Krakenite, you’ll join us on our mission to accelerate the global adoption of crypto, so that everyone can achieve financial freedom and inclusion. For over a decade, Kraken’s focus on our mission and crypto ethos has attracted many of the most talented crypto experts in the world.

Before you apply, please read the Kraken Culture page to learn more about our internal culture, values, and mission.

As a fully remote company, we have Krakenites in 60+ countries who speak over 50 languages. Krakenites are industry pioneers who develop premium crypto products for experienced traders, institutions, and newcomers to the space. Kraken is committed to industry-leading security, crypto education, and world-class client support through our products like Kraken Pro, Kraken NFT, and Kraken Futures.

Become a Krakenite and build the future of crypto!

The team

The Crypto and Onchain domain is the Kraken exchange’s interface to the crypto world. We build products, both internal and external, that directly interface with blockchains.

The Node Operations Team is responsible for ensuring the reliability and uptime of the blockchain nodes that power these products. This is your opportunity to be at the heart of Kraken, supporting multiple teams to continue to provide first class stability to the exchange.

The opportunity

  • Develop systems for automatic backup, monitoring and remediation of blockchain nodes;

  • Code Kubernetes Operators and leverage Helm charts to deploy blockchain nodes in the K8S platform developed by the Crypto SRE team;

  • Implement and roll out SLO-based monitoring and alerting for blockchain nodes;

  • Develop internal tooling and processes to provide abstraction over blockchain nodes;

  • Troubleshoot debug and profile blockchains, finding performance issues and informing mitigation decisions;

  • Write good quality policies, procedures and technical documentation on blockchain node operations;

  • Be on call for issues with blockchain nodes, and work towards automatic remediation whenever possible;

Skills you should HODL

  • 3+ years of experience in Site Reliability Engineering, DevOps Engineering, Software Engineering, Platform Engineering, Systems Engineering or similar roles;

  • Code in at least one modern application development or utility language;

  • An analytical mind, with an understanding of how to tackle complex problems;

  • Knowledge of Software Development best practices and workflows, with focus on testing and delivery methodologies;

  • In depth knowledge of GNU/Linux systems, their administration, and low level systems debugging, especially when applied to containers and OS-level virtualization;

  • Experience with cloud platform services and tooling (GCP, AWS, Azure);

  • Experience with metrics-based monitoring systems, and crafting SLOs for services;

  • Understanding of the TCP/IP network stack, DNS, SSL/ TLS, and how traffic on IP networks establishes end-to-end security and trust;

  • Understanding of security best practices and how to build security into systems from their inception;

  • Online availability for unforeseen remotely-fixable issues;

  • Self-motivated & self-organized;

  • Being able to communicate technical requirements to non-technical stakeholders;

  • Desire to make the best trading platform out there;

  • Strong passion for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies;

  • Fluent English language skills are required;

Nice to have

  • Experience operating blockchain infrastructure, either in the cloud, in a datacenter or in a server in your basement. Including:

    • Bitcoin

    • Ethereum

    • Solana

    • Cardano

    • and many more

  • Experience operating container orchestration tooling, such as Kubernetes or Hashicorp Nomad, including implementing GitOps Workflows;

  • Understanding of how Software Development is impacted by regulatory concerns and experience navigating them;

  • Experience with hybrid environments (cloud and datacenter) is a plus;

  • Experience with one or more of the following languages:

    • Go

    • Rust

    • NodeJs

    • Python

  • One or more of the following certifications:

    • CKA

    • CKS

    • OSCP

    • CCNA

  • Passion for Open Source Software with previous contributions in the space;

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Kraken is powered by people from around the world and we celebrate all Krakenites for their diverse talents, backgrounds, contributions and unique perspectives. We hire strictly based on merit, meaning we seek out the candidates with the right abilities, knowledge, and skills considered the most suitable for the job. We encourage you to apply for roles where you don't fully meet the listed requirements, especially if you're passionate or knowledgable about crypto!

As an equal opportunity employer, we don’t tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind. Whether that’s based on race, ethnicity, age, gender identity, citizenship, religion, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state or local laws.

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