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Senior Staff Distributed Systems Software Engineer, Tech Lead

Temporal Technologies

Canada only
Base Salary
210k-290k USD
Temporal Technologies

Job Description

Who We Are

Temporal is an open source programming model that can simplify code, make applications more reliable, and help developers focus on the important things like delivering features faster. Our amazing user community provides us with real-time feedback and contributions to improve the developer experience everywhere.

Backed by top VC firms, we have built a team of professionals from various successful start-ups and well-known technology companies. Together, we collaborate cross-functionally, engage with and support our users to improve the developer experience, deliver world-class open-source software, and enhance our commercial SaaS platform.

Temporal is growing and working towards building the best community. We are looking for those who share our values, challenge 'standard' thinking, and want to influence our future. If you have a passion for helping developer communities, open-source software, and want to be a part of our amazing team, we'd love to hear from you!


We have an opening for a Senior Staff Distributed Systems Software Engineer to function as the technical lead on our Open Source Server team. This team is responsible for developing all of Temporal’s server-side features. As Temporal becomes the foundation of more mission-critical systems, ensuring high reliability is our top priority. The work you will do is key to helping our growing team of engineers develop features without complicating the server as the increasing complexity of our systems creates additional challenges.

You will be responsible for multiple components as the Technical Leader.

What You'll Impact

  • Help shape the future of Temporal
  • Change the way developers think of distributed systems applications
  • Make Temporal the best platform to build next-generation distributed systems applications

Example Projects You'll Work On

  • Nexus: The foundation of a future Service marketplace
  • High availability across multiple regions
  • Working on the Temporal server’s extensibility framework

What You'll Do

  • Design and implement critical server projects
  • Impact the system design for all Temporal server projects through design review
  • Mentor other engineers and collaborate with them to ensure the best design and implementation choices, and identify future implications of design choices early in the development cycles

What You'll Bring

  • Rich experience in large-scale distributed systems design (reliability, scalability)
  • Operational experience in large-scale distributed systems
  • Experience developing highly concurrent systems
  • Knowledge and experience to further ensure the high reliability of the Temporal system
  • The ability to think holistically about the Temporal server and help simplify its structure
  • Ideas and actions to improve the velocity of the team

Nice to Have

  • Familiarity with Go
  • Experience with infrastructure environments (strong plus)

What You Can Expect

  • Hyper-growth company
  • Awesome engineering culture
  • Very strong technical coworkers
  • No bureaucracy nonsense
  • Focus on delivery and impact
  • Bias towards action with reliability
  • Prefer incremental improvement and fast iteration


  • The estimated pay range for this role is $210,000 - $290,000
  • This role is eligible to participate in Temporal's equity plan

Compensation ranges reflect salary and commission compensation (when applicable) across several geographic markets. Employment offers carefully consider multiple factors, including prior experience, knowledge, expertise, skillset, market location, and job level assessed during the interview process.

U.S. Benefits

  • Unlimited PTO, 12 Holidays + 2 Floating Holidays
  • 100% Premiums Coverage for Medical, Dental, and Vision
  • ADD, LT ST Disability, and Life Insurance (Standard Supplemental Available)
  • Empower 401K Plan
  • Additional Perks for Learning Development, Lifestyle Spending, In-Home Office Setup, Professional Memberships, WFH Meals, Internet Stipend, Calm for Mental Wellness, and more!

International Benefits

  • Paid Time Off (PTO) and Benefits outside the United States vary by country, and are issued in partnership with Additionally, Temporal offers perks to all international employees for learning career development, a lifestyle spending account, in-home office setup (in addition to company-issued hardware), professional memberships, work-from-home meals, and access to the Calm app for mental wellness.

Additional Perks

  • $1,500 / Year Career Development Learning Stipend
  • $1,200 / Year Lifestyle Spending Account
  • $1,000 / Year In-Home Office Setup (In addition to Temporal issued equipment - laptop, monitor, keyboard, mouse, trackpad, and extension power cable at no cost to you)
  • $500 / Year Professional Memberships
  • $300 / Month Work From Home Meals
  • $74 / Month Reimbursement for Internet
  • Calm App Subscription for Mental Health Wellness

Temporal Technologies is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Temporal Technologies does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need. We embrace and celebrate differences and diversity.

Temporal is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. If you need to request a reasonable accommodation, please let your Recruiter know so we can assist.

We are not working with external recruitment agencies, thanks.

Advice from our career coach

Are you a Senior Staff Distributed Systems Software Engineer looking for an exciting opportunity? Look no further! Join our team at Temporal, an open-source programming model that simplifies code and enhances application reliability. As the technical lead on our Open Source Server team, you'll play a crucial role in developing server-side features and ensuring high reliability as our systems become more complex. You'll have the opportunity to shape the future of Temporal, change the way developers think of distributed systems applications, and make Temporal the best platform for building next-generation distributed systems. With a hyper-growth company, awesome engineering culture, and strong technical coworkers, you can expect a dynamic and rewarding experience. Plus, enjoy a competitive salary, equity plan participation, and a range of benefits including unlimited PTO, premium coverage for medical, dental, and vision, and additional perks for learning and development. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to be part of our amazing team!

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