Cloud Workload - Principal Software Developer I (Linux + Kubernetes) (R4644)


At Elastic, we see endless possibility in a world of endless data. And we use the power of search to help people and organizations turn that possibility into results. Elastic is the leading platform for search-powered solutions. With solutions in Enterprise Search, Observability, and Security, we help improve customer and employee search experiences, keep critical applications running smoothly, and protect against cyber threats. Elastic enables organizations worldwide to use the power of Elastic, including Netflix, Uber, BBC, Microsoft, and thousands of others.

Elastic was built on a foundation of being free and open, which trickles down to how we work. We’re a distributed organization and have been from the beginning. Being distributed isn’t just a way of doing business—it’s a mentality that is at the core of our culture.

About the team:

We are looking for an outstanding Principal Software Engineer to join our Elastic Security Solution team. This person will be responsible for designing and developing technical solutions related to cloud runtime security on the Cloud Workload team.

The Cloud Workload team provides visibility, instrumentation and protection for dynamic cloud workloads and infrastructure. Our solution aims to observe and protect our customers’ cloud workloads running in Kubernetes, virtual machines or serverless environments.

The right candidate will have prior experience building a product installed on the customer’s infrastructure. They will help design and develop the team’s eBPF sensor technology. They will work with the Linux kernel and be required to be knowledgeable about its latest features and capabilities.

Finally, this person should have experience with cloud-native deployments and architecture. They should be able to keep up with these technologies to make sure the solution evolves and remains highly effective!

What You Will Be Doing

At Elastic, we want you to succeed, and we’ll be here to support your journey. You’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Work alongside a team of experienced Linux engineers to develop observability and security features. To do this, you will contribute both kernel and user space code.
  • Work closely with a small team and collaborate more broadly across Elastic to deliver on features and releases
  • Drive excellence in the codebase, contributing to a reliable foundation and an engaging user experience
  • Guide product-focused engineering efforts to invent and ship valuable and meaningful features to an exciting market.
  • Engage with and lead capable engineers, designers, and many others, as we work together to introduce exciting solutions. We practice teamwork!
  • Work in C/C++ and Go.

What You Bring Along

  • A detailed approach to communication, a good sense of humour, and a genuine interest in the success and growth of the people you work with
  • A track record of success developing for Kubernetes and an understanding of its architecture
  • Experience building a centrally managed Linux service 
  • A deep understanding of the Linux Kernel and experience tracing its functions
  • Experience with eBPF  is preferred
  • Practical experience with OS concepts such as IPC, threads, processes, and scheduling
  • Deep knowledge of the Linux process execution model, terminals, and shells
  • CPU and memory management and tooling used for their optimization

Additional Information - We Take Care of Our People

As a distributed company, diversity drives our identity. Whether you’re looking to launch a new career or grow an existing one, Elastic is the type of company where you can balance great work with great life. Your age is only a number. It doesn’t matter if you’re just out of college or your children are; we need you for what you can do.

We strive to have parity of benefits across regions and while regulations differ from place to place, we believe taking care of our people is the right thing to do.

  • Competitive pay based on the work you do here and not your previous salary
  • Health coverage for you and your family in many locations
  • Ability to craft your calendar with flexible locations and schedules for many roles
  • Generous number of vacation days each year
  • Double your charitable giving - We match donations 1:1 up to $1500 USD (or local currency equivalent)
  • Up to 40 hours each year to use toward volunteer projects you love.
  • Embracing parenthood with minimum of 16 weeks of parental leave

Different people approach problems differently. We need that. Elastic is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law, ordinance or regulation.

We welcome individuals with disabilities and strive to create an accessible and inclusive experience for all individuals. To request an accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please email We will reply to your request within 24 business hours of submission.

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