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Distributed Systems Engineer

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Software Engineering
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, April 2, 2024


Federal Reserve Bank of San FranciscoWhen you join the SF Fed, you join a team of people working together to foster an inclusive economy that works for everyone. From data-driven insights to cloud transformation, the information technology team moves the SF Fed forward. We use innovative technologies and Agile methods to positively impact every American across the communities we serve.

The Federal Reserve System serves as the central bank of the United States. Its fundamental mission is to foster the stability, integrity, and efficiency of the nation’s monetary, financial, and payments systems.

This position is responsible for supporting the Federal Reserve System’s Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) Research and Development program.

Given the US dollar’s importance, the Federal Reserve System seeks to further understand the implications, costs, and benefits of the use of different technologies for a potential US CBDC to better understand this emerging field. This position offers a unique opportunity to be part of a world-class team working on cutting edge technologies related to CBDC R&D. You will participate in a dynamic work environment that has the feel of a startup while also maintaining the benefits of a larger organization.

We empower our people to balance their life and work responsibilities. That’s why we offer a flexible hybrid work model that allows you to collaborate with office colleagues on some days, and work from home on others.

Job Description
What you will be responsible for:

  • Designing and implementing scalable distributed systems, primarily in Go
  • Working with TechOps to containerize and deploy distributed systems in the cloud using Kubernetes
  • Designing and implementing distributed systems protocols such as two-phase commit, replication through distributed consensus and concurrency control algorithms
  • Utilizing cryptographic algorithms and modern best practices to ensure security and fault tolerance of distributed systems
  • Designing and executing wide-scale system and micro-benchmarks to understand and debug performance
  • Writing system, integration and unit tests to provide quality assurance and prevent regressions
  • Providing thoughtful and thorough code reviews
  • Writing clear and concise code and architecture documentation
  • Communicating solutions, challenges and results to both technical and non-technical teams

What skills you will bring:

  • Strong software engineering and debugging skills, with a particular focus on the Go programming language
  • Experience deploying and testing containerized applications in the cloud using Kubernetes and AWS
  • Experience implementing distributed systems algorithms at scale, particularly consensus algorithms like Raft and BFT, and two-phase commit
  • Experience applying cryptographic algorithms such as hash functions, digital signatures and encryption in a distributed systems context
  • Experience generating and analyzing runtime flame graphs to identify software bottlenecks
  • Experience with distributed tracing, metrics and observability with a particular focus on Prometheus, Grafana and OpenTelemetry
  • Ability to communicate technical challenges, test results and solutions to both technical and non-technical teams
  • Experience working with large distributed systems involving hundreds of servers
  • Experience with database fundamentals, secure transport, API development and maintenance
  • Must be a U.S Citizen or a Green Card holder with intent to become a U.S Citizen

Base Salary Range: Min: $138,900 - Mid: $180,400 - Max: $221,900 (Location: San Francisco)

Final salary and offer will be determined by the applicant’s background, experience, skills, internal equity, and alignment with market data.

We offer a wonderful benefits package including: Medical, Dental, Vision, Pre-tax Flexible Spending Account, Backup Child Care Program, Pretax Day Care Flexible Spending Account, Vacation Days, Sick Days, Paid Holidays, Pet Insurance, Matching 401(k), and a Retirement / Pension

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment.

At the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, we believe in the diversity of our people, ideas, and experiences and are committed to building an inclusive culture that is representative of the communities we serve.


Full Time / Part Time

Full time

Regular / Temporary


Job Exempt (Yes / No)


Job Category

Information Technology

Work Shift

First (United States of America)

The Federal Reserve Banks believe that diversity and inclusion among our employees is critical to our success as an organization, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. The Federal Reserve Banks are committed to equal employment opportunity for employees and job applicants in compliance with applicable law and to an environment where employees are valued for their differences.

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