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Senior Software Engineer, Substrate

Design the next generation of Palantir’s infrastructure through a deep understanding of internal systems.
New York City, New York, United States
$125,000 - $200,000 USD per year
4 months ago


A provider of big data analytics software and services for government and enterprise clients.

✨ About The Role

Senior Software Engineer, Substrate

New York, NY
Product Development /
Full-time /
A World-Changing Company

Palantir builds the world’s leading software for data-driven decisions and operations. By bringing the right data to the people who need it, our platforms empower our partners to develop lifesaving drugs, forecast supply chain disruptions, locate missing children, and more.

The Role

Substrate is the team responsible for Palantir’s core production infrastructure — 100s of K8s clusters — from on-prem to the major cloud hyperscalers, whether they are internet-connected or air-gapped, small hardware footprint or large. As a Senior Software Engineer on Substrate, you will design and build Palantir’s managed Kubernetes product offerings across all these environments.

You and your team will be responsible for bootstrapping and operating the entire fleet of K8s clusters with zero manual steps by building industry leading tooling and contributing to core CNCF components. You will also be responsible for ensuring scale, stability and security across a matrix of compliance regimes and hosting infrastructure types. Your team culture emphasizes engineering rigor and operational excellence at scale. This means issues in production should be pre-empted and deeply root-caused, and investments in automation and self-healing systems are key.

If you’re excited about infrastructure at scale and working with Kubernetes, this is the right role for you.

Core Responsibilities

    • Deliver a container runtime to challenging new environment types - new clouds, on premise, edge devices
    • Build automation and establish standards for operating K8s securely at scale with zero manual ops overhead
    • Drive innovation through adoption of novel K8s features and CNCF tools, making upstream contributions as needed
    • Design the next generation of Palantir’s infrastructure through a deep understanding of internal systems and CNCF standards

What We Value

    • Systems programming experience with strong proficiency in golang, C/C++ or equivalent
    • Working knowledge or hands on experience of infrastructure automation tools such as Terraform, ansible, puppet or K8s operators, and competent coding in Go, Java, or equivalent for the purposes of automation or scripting
    • Deep familiarity with hardware and OS configurations, diagnostic tooling, networking nuts and bolts
    • Deep familiarity with containers (Docker) and orchestration (Kubernetes) at scale
    • Experience working with a cloud provider (AWS/Azure/GCE), or sysadmin/SRE experience in data centers
    • Experience designing, building, and operating high-scale observability or infrastructure systems
    • Working knowledge of networking fundamentals, experience with CNIs or cloud networking infrastructure preferred

What We Require

    • 4+ years of professional software development experience on core infrastructure with emphasis on operational excellence
    • 2+ years of experience contributing to the system design or architecture (architecture, design patterns, reliability and scaling) of new and existing systems
    • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or equivalent

    • Our benefits aim to promote health and wellbeing across all areas of Palantirians’ lives. We work to continuously improve our offerings and listen to our community as we design and update them. The list below details our available benefits and some of the perks that can be enjoyed as an employee of Palantir Technologies.


    • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
    • Life and disability coverage
    • Paid leave for new parents and emergency back-up care for all parents
    • Family planning support, including fertility, adoption, and surrogacy assistance
    • Stipend to help with expenses that come with a new child
    • Commuter benefits
    • Relocation assistance
    • Unlimited paid time off
    • 2 weeks paid time off built into the end of each year

The estimated salary range for this position is estimated to be $125,000 - $200,000/year. Total compensation for this position may also include Restricted Stock units, sign-on bonus and other potential future incentives. Further note that total compensation for this position will be determined by each individual’s relevant qualifications, work experience, skills, and other factors. This estimate excludes the value of any potential sign-on bonus; the value of any benefits offered; and the potential future value of any long-term incentives.

Life at Palantir

We want every Palantirian to achieve their best outcomes, that’s why we celebrate individuals’ strengths, skills, and interests, from your first interview to your longterm growth, rather than rely on traditional career ladders. Paying attention to the needs of our community enables us to optimize our opportunities to grow and helps ensure many pathways to success at Palantir. Promoting health and well-being across all areas of Palantirians’ lives is just one of the ways we’re investing in our community. Learn more at Life at Palantir and note that our offerings may vary by region.

In keeping consistent with Palantir’s values and culture, we believe employees are “better together” and in-person work affords the opportunity for more creative outcomes. Therefore, we encourage employees to work from our offices to foster connectivity and innovation. Many teams do offer hybrid options (WFH a day or two a week), allowing our employees to strike the right trade-off for their personal productivity. Based on business need, there are a few roles that allow for “Remote” work on an exceptional basis. If you are applying for one of these roles, you must work from the state in which you are employed. If the posting is specified as Onsite, you are required to work from an office.

Palantir is committed to promoting a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion and is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We believe that all Palantirians share the responsibility of upholding our commitment to these values and encourage candidates from a wide range of backgrounds, perspectives, and lived experiences to join us in solving the world’s hardest problems. Palantir does not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. Palantir is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with physical and mental disabilities. Please see the United States Department of Labor’s EEO poster , EEO poster supplement and Pay Transparency Notice for additional information.

Palantir is committed to making the job application process accessible to everyone. If you are living with a disability (visible or not visible) and need to request a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please reach out and let us know how we can help.
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Senior Software Engineer, Substrate
New York City, New York, United States
$125,000 - $200,000 USD per year
About Palantir
A provider of big data analytics software and services for government and enterprise clients.