Soma Capital Portfolio Jobs

Staff Infrastructure Engineer



Other Engineering
Austin, TX, USA
Posted on Saturday, February 25, 2023
We are building the future of freight
Mothership's groundbreaking technology is unlocking the world's potential by making freight delivery more efficient. Started in 2017, we're backed by some of venture capital's best investors and have already become the logistics backbone for many of today's most innovative companies.
Our mission is to provide reliable, lightning-fast logistics, powered by the best technology and delivered by the most helpful humans.
As a Staff Infrastructure Engineer, you'll be responsible for designing, building, and maintaining our cloud infrastructure with a focus on Kubernetes. You'll be working with a team of highly skilled engineers to ensure our systems are highly available, scalable, and fault-tolerant.
Our approach to infrastructure makes heavy use of GitOps and Infrastructure-as-Code to create reliable and observable systems. Our environment spans both AWS and GCP, with Kubernetes being our primary compute platform/developer interface. We make heavy use of many CNCF and other open source projects to enhance our capabilities and remain as portable as we can between cloud providers. The team is particularly passionate about open source and we value individuals who have a proven track record of contributing back to the community.
Your curiosity will be put to good use as you work to identify and solve complex problems that arise in a distributed environment. You'll have a chance to lead exciting new projects that will help shape the future of how Mothership builds and operates its software products– whether it's developing new Terraform modules/Helm charts, or writing operators and tools that make the product and development experience more smooth and efficient.
This is a rare opportunity to be part of a high-performing team of innovators leading the disruption of a $100+ billion dollar tech-starved industry. You must be the kind of individual who thrives on finding optimal solutions in a changing landscape, and finds satisfaction in identifying and solving complex problems in real time. If you're a talented and endlessly curious engineer who is passionate about cloud computing with open source projects, then we'd love to hear from you. Join our team and help us build the future of software infrastructure at Mothership.

What You'll Do

  • Take ownership of our IaC, identify areas of opportunity, coach the team on habits for maintainability
  • Automate and tune our handful of k8s clusters and services to maximize performance and flexibility
  • Integrate open source and Cloud-Native tools to extend our platform capabilities
  • Work with CRDs, helm charts, and CI/CD pipelines to automate a “golden path” for developer-managed infrastructure
  • Contribute back fixes, features or tools to open source
  • Maintain best practices and optimize performance for our datastores
  • Apply best practices towards security across our applications, APIs, and databases
  • Apply your expertise to ensure that our systems are robust, scalable, and secure as we look to expand exponentially to more customers, drivers, and cities on our platform
  • Support the team by joining and managing our on-call rotation


  • Extensive experience in cloud computing platforms, particularly AWS and/or GCP
  • Strong proficiency in one or more programming languages, such as Golang or Typescript
  • Deep understanding of Kubernetes and container orchestration
  • Strong expertise in using Terraform with Git-ops to manage cloud infrastructure, including the creation of reusable modules and templates
  • A solid understanding of the importance of high availability and disaster recovery in production systems
  • Experience with designing and implementing scalable, fault-tolerant infrastructure systems
  • A commitment to ensuring that production systems are secure and meet industry best practices
  • A passion for continuous improvement, with a focus on automating processes and reducing manual intervention
  • A passion for staying up-to-date with the latest industry developments and technologies
  • Proven track record of contributing to open source projects in the cloud computing and infrastructure space
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills, with a willingness to work in a team environment
  • A strong sense of ownership and responsibility for the production systems and infrastructure you will be supporting
  • Ability to take on-call responsibilities and participate in an on-call rotation

Benefits & Perks

  • Competitive salary and employee stock options
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance coverage (PPO)
  • Flexible paid time off
  • Short-term disability coverage
  • 401(k) plan
  • Equipped with the latest technology
Culture at Mothership
We’re an ambitious, productive, and collaborative group. Our team is passionate about our mission and eager to produce work at the highest level.
If this sounds like a place you’d be a great addition to, let’s chat.