Title:  Upstream Kubernetes Engineer


Research Triangle Park, NC, US, 27709 US

Requisition ID:  104662

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Job Summary

NetApp’s Astra Trident program is looking for a talented senior software developer to join our team! We are looking for someone who can thrive as part of a high-performing team delivering creative solutions to the most profound data challenges that customers face in the Kubernetes world. 


The Astra Trident team is seeking open-source developers to contribute directly upstream to Kubernetes (https://www.kubernetes.dev/) and related projects in the areas of storage, data management, and networking. 


What better way to help NetApp on our journey than to join the team that brought the first open-source, out-of-tree dynamic storage provisioner to Kubernetes! We are developing innovative and unique solutions to enable our customers to solve the challenge of persistent data consumption for container technology https://github.com/NetApp/Trident and https://netapp.io/persistent-storage-provisioner-for-kubernetes/. You will be working to advance the capabilities of this and other projects like it with your contributions upstream in Kubernetes. 


In this role, you will be a developer and part of the Kubernetes community, working with peers across the world to contribute to Kubernetes and solve some of the most challenging issues facing storage and data management. You will need to be a person with experience working in the open-source community, a problem solver, and committed to representing NetApp within the community and making Kubernetes even better. Are you up to the challenge?

Job Requirements

Core Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated contributions to the Kubernetes upstream community in storage (CSI - Container Storage Interface), application data management or service mesh (Linkerd)  

  • Experience/involvement with Kubernetes Storage Special Interest Group and/or Data Protection Working Group 

  • 8+ years of programming experience, 9-11 preferred, with at least 3-5 years of experience in programming using Go

  • Strong systems programming background

  • Demonstrated leadership abilities in strategic/big-picture thinking and working with an open-source community to achieve common goals

  • Strong aptitude for learning innovative technologies

  • Strong understanding of software concepts related to compute, network, and storage architecture, data structures, and standard programming practices

  • Work effectively with the product development team, excellent in technical communication, and a proven record of accomplishment in a fast-paced environment

  • Ability to work on, troubleshoot, and solve complex problems

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Why NetApp?

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We expect a healthy work-life balance. Our volunteer time off program is best in class, offering employees 40 hours of paid time off per year to volunteer with their favorite organizations.  We provide comprehensive medical, dental, wellness, and vision plans for you and your family.  We offer educational assistance, legal services, and access to discounts. We also offer financial savings programs to help you plan for your future.  
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Colorado Residents Only: If the Company determines this role will be performed in Colorado, the starting salary for this position is  (.9 compa*). This role could be eligible for comprehensive benefits including: Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, 401(K), Paid Time off (PTO), Company bonus, Employee stock purchase plan, and restricted stocks (RSU’s) *. Final compensation will be dependent on various factors such as location, qualifications, certifications, relevant work experience and other factors, consistent with applicable law.

In accordance with NetApp’s Policy, all U.S. employees of NetApp must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 if they work at a Company location or remotely. If there is a reason preventing you from receiving the COVID-19 vaccination, you must request and be approved for one of the legally acceptable exemptions and reasonable accommodation must be established.  

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