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Python Backend Engineer - Cloud Platform

Grafana Labs

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Python Backend Engineer - Cloud Platform

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About Grafana Labs:

There are more than 700,000 active installations of Grafana around the globe, monitoring everything from beehives to climate change in the Alps. The instantly recognizable dashboards have been spotted everywhere from a SpaceX launch and Minecraft HQ to Wimbledon and the Tour de France. Grafana Labs also helps companies including Bloomberg, JPMorgan Chase, and eBay manage their observability strategies with full-stack offerings that can be run fully managed with Grafana Cloud, or self-managed with Grafana Enterprise Stack. The Grafana stack has grown to include two other open-source projects, Grafana Loki (for logs) and Grafana Tempo (for traces)

About k6:

In June 2021 Grafana Labs acquired k6 - a Stockholm-based startup behind the open-source load testing tool for engineering teams. With k6, Grafana Labs adds extensible testing to its open and composable Grafana observability stack.

At k6, we build next-generation performance testing tools for developers and DevOps engineers. You will join a team of 6 backend engineers working on our SaaS service k6 cloud.

We are pushing forward the state-of-the-art in our industry, creating open-source tools that have great developer experience and enable engineers to build reliable systems. k6 is an open-source tool that we built to reinvent the engineering principles around performance testing and enable engineers to build systems that scale.

About the role:

We have a flat organization, composed almost exclusively of engineers. As a Software Engineer, you will work in a small team and have the ability to switch your role to DevOps, frontend, or backend to keep things interesting. k6 is growing, and we encourage our engineers to grow with the company and learn new technologies as the company expands. This is not a job where you do the same thing every day.

Due to our small teams and fast development pace, you will have a substantial and immediate impact on how the end product is architected, developed, and how the engineering team operates. Most importantly, you will work with competent colleagues and will be able to expand your knowledge and skills in different directions.

Our stack today consists of:

  • Python microservices (Django and Flask)
  • Some Go and node.js services (mostly maintained by other teams)
  • docker/ECS for container orchestration (moving to k8s)
  • Celery and RabbitMQ for data processing
  • Multi-region AWS infrastructure

We spawn and kill more than 2000 servers every day. Our production database is about 10TB in size. We engineer stuff at scale, and through k6 we enable our users to do the same.


  • Best in class software engineer, or on your way there
  • Understand the ins-and-outs of HTTP and REST
  • Fluent in Python
  • Passion for quality code
  • Experience with microservice architecture / cloud-native

Bonus points if you have experience with:

  • Django or Flask
  • Time-series databases
  • Celery and RabbitMQ
  • Distributed systems
  • AWS / Cloud APIs
  • DevOps / SRE
  • Docker and CI/CD workflow - ours is based on GitHub and CircleCI

Equal Opportunity Employer- At Grafana Labs we’re building a company where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, stay, and do their best work. We know that our company runs on the hard work and the dedication of our passionate and creative employees.

We will recruit, train, compensate and promote regardless of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, disability, age, veteran status, and all the other fascinating characteristics that make us different and unique. We believe that equality and diversity builds a strong organisation and we’re working hard to make sure that’s the foundation of our organisation as we grow.

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