Staff Software Engineer - Network Privacy Protocols

at Fastly in Springfield, Illinois, United States

Job Description

Fastly helps people stay better connected with the things they love. Fastly’s edge cloud platform enables customers to create great digital experiences quickly, securely, and reliably by processing, serving, and securing our customers’ applications as close to their end-users as possible – at the edge of the Internet. The platform is designed to take advantage of the modern internet, to be programmable, and to support agile software development. Fastly’s customers include many of the world’s most prominent companies, including Vimeo, Pinterest, The New York Times, and GitHub.

We’re building a more trustworthy Internet. Come join us.

Staff Software Engineer – Network Privacy Protocols

The Edge Protocols Team develops software that interacts with both sides of Fastly front and back – handling every incoming client request to Fastly, and talking to customers’ websites. Projects range from implementing new protocols, efficient load balancing, routing among the edge nodes, defending customers from attacks, security enhancements, and more. We expect this position to focus on enhancing our network privacy services. We are looking for a Staff Software Engineer passionate about applying their talents to make the Internet fast and secure.

What You’ll Do

+ Enhance and maintain Fastly’s privacy proxy service

+ Implement new privacy preserving protocols such as those defined by the IETF MASQUE (Multiplexed Application Substrate over QUIC Encryption) working group that are alternatives to VPNs and Tor

+ Optimize network protocols such as QUIC

+ Write, test, and deploy C and Rust code

+ Lead projects from design to deployment, working with other teams to deploy, support, troubleshoot, and deliver features to customers

+ Contribute to open source projects such as h2o and picotl

Work Hours :

+ This position will require you to be available during core business hours.

What We’re Looking For

Basic Qualifications:

+ You have at least 5 years of production experience with coding in C, C++, or Rust , and proficiency to implement reliable, scalable, low latency systems

+ Additionally, you have 3 years of experience with Linux systems and network programming

+ You have strong industry experience with Web/Internet protocols such as HTTP/3, TLS, DNS, TCP/IP, UDP, QUIC

+ Hands-on experience in building distributed infrastructure and maintaining it over time

+ Advanced knowledge of Linux as a development environment: git, compilers

Preferred Qualifications:

+ Understanding of privacy preserving mechanisms such as ODOH (oblivious DNS over HTTPS) and ECH (encrypted client hello)

+ Comfortable working in a geographically distributed team and highly available environments

+ Proficient in Perl, Go, Python, or similar high level languages


The estimated salary range for this position is $195,720 to $244,640.

Starting salary may vary based on permissible, non-discriminatory factors such as experience, skills, qualifications, and location.

This role may be eligible to participate in Fastly’s equity and discretionary bonus programs.


We care about you. Fastly works hard to create a positive environment for our employees, and we think your life outside of work is important too. We support our teams with great benefits that start on the first day of your employment with Fastly. Curious about our offerings?

+ We offer a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, and vision insurance. Family planning, mental health support along with Employee Assistance Program, Insurance (Life, Disability, and Accident), an open vacation policy and up to 18 days of accrued paid sick leave are there to help support our employees. We also offer 401(k) (including company match) and an Employee Stock Purchase Program. For 2023, we offer 10 paid local holidays, 11 paid company wellness days.

Why Fastly?

+ We have a huge impact. Fastly is a small company with a big reach. Not only do our customers ( have a tremendous user base, but we also support a growing number of open source projects and initiatives ( . Outside of code, employees are encouraged to share causes close to their heart with others so we can help lend a supportive hand.

+ We love distributed teams. Fastly’s home-base is in San Francisco, but we have multiple offices and employees sprinkled around the globe.

+ We value diversity. Growing and maintaining our inclusive and diverse team matters to us. We are committed to being a company where our employees feel comfortable bringing their authentic selves to work and have the ability to be successful — every day.

+ We are passionate. Fastly is chock full of passionate people and we’re not ‘one size fits all’. Fastly employs authors, pilots, skiers, parents (of humans and animals), makeup geeks, coffee connoisseurs, and more. We love employees for who they are and what they are passionate about.

We’re always looking for humble, sharp, and creative folks to join the Fastly team. If you think you might be a fit please apply! A fully completed application and resume or CV are required when applying.

Fastly is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunity and to providing employees with a safe and welcoming work environment free of discrimination and harassment. Our employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, family or parental status, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances.

Consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and federal or state disability laws, Fastly will provide reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact your Recruiter, or the Fastly Employee Relations team at or 501-287-4901.

Fastly collects and processes personal data submitted by job applicants in accordance with our Privacy Policy ( . Please see our privacy notice for job applicants ( .

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Job Posting: JC241629418

Posted On: Jun 08, 2023

Updated On: Jul 15, 2023

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