Software Engineer, Git Systems

Posted Apr 25

We’re looking for curious and empathetic engineers to join Git Systems. The Git Systems group is responsible for building the various microservices, protocols, proxies, and control systems that power Git operations at GitHub and operating them at scale. If you’ve ever run git push on your local machine to share changes on GitHub then you’ve interacted with our services.

We collectively run the largest code-hosting platform in the world. Our group is responsible for the services that store and serve 200M+ Git repositories, both directly to users and to other layers in the GitHub software stack.

The Git Systems group is highly distributed and the right candidate will thrive in an environment of asynchronous communication. We expect you to have excellent written communication skills and be able to create working relationships with coworkers in locations around the globe.

In this role you might work on extracting functionality from our Ruby on Rails monolith into greenfield Go services, work on distributed systems problems like ensuring a majority of repository replicas have persisted a push before returning success to a user or tackle scaling growth to ensure we keep ahead of our largest customer repositories. Examples of previous work within this group include: improving large monorepo performance, championing efficient ways of working with Git repositories and working on Git itself.

Together we create the tools and products that are integral to how people build software. We pride ourselves on being thoughtful, intentional, and productive. We hope you are as well.


  • Write, review, and maintain code primarily in Go
  • Own and advocate for the health and quality of the systems that the team builds, including participating in on-call rotations and responding to incidents as necessary
  • Document architectural designs, carry out code experiments, and build prototypes to learn how we can achieve planetary scale with our systems
  • Coordinate with engineering and product owners to define, prioritize, and task projects that help us meet business goals
  • Provide technical direction, mentorship, pairing opportunities, and code reviews to encourage the growth of others
  • Ability to understand and empathize with customers and our community
  • Be a role model to create a culture of psychological safety both within the team and cross-team, where differing views can be shared and heard

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Demonstrable experience in Go
  • You know how to run production applications in a Linux or Unix environment
  • Experience with Git
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Comfortable working asynchronously with a distributed team

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Interest in or experience with the internals of Git
  • Experience building highly available systems at scale
  • Experience with containers, Kubernetes,

Nothing in life is perfect, including this job description. You may be an excellent fit even if you don’t meet all of these qualifications. We look forward to meeting you and hearing about your unique skills and experiences!

Ability to meet GitHub, customer and/or government security screening requirements are required for this role. These requirements include, but are not limited to the following specialized security screenings: Microsoft Cloud Background Check: This position will be required to pass the Microsoft, GitHub’s parent company, Cloud Screen upon hire/transfer and every two years thereafter.

Who We Are:

GitHub is the developer company. We make it easier for developers to be developers: to work together, to solve challenging problems, and to create the world’s most important technologies. We foster a collaborative community that can come togetheras individuals and in teamsto create the future of software and make a difference in the world.

Leadership Principles:

Customer Obsessed - Trust by Default - Ship to Learn - Own the Outcome - Growth Mindset - Global Product, Global Team - Anything is Possible - Practice Kindness

Why You Should Join:

At GitHub, we constantly strive to create an environment that allows our employees (Hubbers) to do the best work of their lives. We've designed one of the coolest workspaces in San Francisco (HQ), where many Hubbers work, snack, and create daily. The rest of our Hubbers work remotely around the globe.

We are also committed to keeping Hubbers healthy, motivated, focused and creative. We've designed our top-notch benefits program with these goals in mind. In a nutshell, we've built a place where we truly love working, we think you will too.

Misc Info For This Position:

Remote Mix: 100% Remote

Job Type: Full-Time

Regional Restrictions: North America Only

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