Build Engineer and Conda Packaging

  • Quansight
  • Remote
  • 06 May, 2024

Job Description

Who we are

Quansight has its roots in the Python data science community. Our founders have had significant involvement in creating and maintaining NumPy, SciPy, Jupyter, Spyder, Dask, Conda, Numba, and other projects, as well as PyData NumFOCUS, and Anaconda. Our mission is to connect companies to open-source communities to create sustainable solutions that benefit the whole ecosystem.

We accomplish this mission by providing various services ranging from open-source software development to training and consulting. We believe in a culture of do-ers, learners, and collaborators. We are looking for people who are motivated, humble, curious, and respectful of others.

You can check out our Quansight Labs Annual Report to gain more insight into the type of work we do at Quansight Labs and our approach to open-source sustainability: 

Quansight is looking to find a full-time remote Sr. Conda Packaging and Infrastructure Engineer to join our team of industry-leading data science and engineering professionals. A core part of this position will involve becoming a conda and conda-forge community member and helping improve and maintain these open source ecosystems.

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As a Conda Packaging and Infrastructure Engineer, you will work on various open source and consulting projects, focusing on the conda ecosystem, tooling, and automation for packaging for Python users. Part of your time will be spent improving and maintaining conda-forge and conda-store.

In this position, you’ll get to:

  • Work with modern build, packaging, CI, and DevOps technologies
  • Become an active conda-forge and conda community member
  • Actively contribute to open-source projects throughout the Python ecosystem
  • Develop new features, performance enhancements, and help maintain projects with millions of users
  • Maintain and extend the existing documentation for the open source you’ll contribute to
  • Interact with clients from both industry and academia
  • Collaborate with, learn from, and mentor team members and community contributors
  • Be a part of the Python, PyData, and packaging communities
  • Drive fruitful conversations around technical issues, engineering practices, and community processes, and suggest improvements and ideas as you encounter them
  • Review code and provide thoughtful, constructive feedback during code reviews

Position Requirements


  • Familiarity with compilers like MSVC, GCC, Clang, and build tools like Make, CMake, Meson, distutils/setuptools and linkers
  • Fluency in using Git and GitHub, and experience in contributing to open source projects
  • Previous experience with open source development practices such as creating and reviewing Pull Requests and issue triaging
  • Experience working asynchronously on a remote, distributed team (does not have to be professional experience)
  • Experience with Continuous Integration and Deployment tools (GitHub actions, Azure DevOps)

Bonus points (not required, but these would be a great advantage)

  • Prior experience with packaging for conda or another package manager is beneficial but not required. 
  • If you have expertise in languages like C, C++, and Python and can find your way around large code bases, we expect you can learn about any new tool or project quickly. 
  • We also highly value good communication skills. We aim to help you grow within Quansight and the Python open source community.
  • Experience with shell scripting and/or containerization  (Docker, Ansible)

Please keep in mind that we are describing the background that would best fit the role. Even if you don’t meet all the requirements and are confident that you are up for the task, we want to get to know you!

Candidate journey

  1. Application: Once you have applied, a recruiter will review your application to determine if your work experience and skills align with the necessary competencies of this position. This recruiter will be in touch to schedule some time to connect if they determine that you could be a good fit for Quansight Labs.
  2. HR interview:  This is an opportunity to get to know each other.  We will tell you a little more about who we are, and we look forward to hearing about your past experiences and what you are looking for in your next role. We want to know why you are interested in joining us and what questions you have about our team and mission. This will be scheduled as a 30-minute Google Meet. 
  3. Interview loop: If you and your recruiter still feel you could be well-suited for this position following your call, we will arrange our interview loop with some team members. This will allow you to learn more about the team and the organization and for us to gain a deeper understanding of your skills and experience.  For this particular role, the interview loop is as follows:
    1. 1:1 interviews:
    2.  we will schedule three separate interviews. One with the hiring manager and two with Quansight Labs team members (these can be potential teammates or cross-functional team members, i.e. designers and engineers.)
  4. Following the completion of all interviews, our hiring team will make a final decision, and the recruiter will be in touch to share the outcome of your interviews. If the team wants to move forward, the recruiter will discuss this and the details of our proposed offer with you.

Why should you join?

You'll become essential to a small, collaborative, fully distributed accessibility and engineering team. We strive to provide a working environment that gives you room to learn and grow.

Quansight draws from experience in many large open-source communities over the years. Because these communities operate remotely and strive to be as inclusive and participatory as possible, they must also strive to be more transparent and systematic in communicating, sharing information, and working. We are building a culture at Quansight that follows and builds upon these principles.

We offer flexibility in work times and locations, and vacation time is not just encouraged but celebrated and enforced.

We offer competitive compensation, a comprehensive sick policy and parental leave, and a generous amount of flexible paid time off. If you are located in the United States, Canada, Germany or the UK we also offer a comprehensive benefits package.

Where can we hire?

Our engineering team is entirely remote. Our headquarters are in Austin, Texas, and a good portion of our team is U.S. based. We also have a significant presence in Europe, South America, and Asia. We will consider applicants anywhere (overlap with U.S. and Europe time zones is preferred).

Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging

Quansight understands that valuing diverse creative practices and forms of knowledge is crucial to and enriches the company’s core mission. We encourage applications from everyone, including members of all equity-seeking communities, such as (but certainly not limited to) women, racialized and Indigenous persons, disabled people, persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

We are an equal opportunity employer - all qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for recruitment, interviews, employment, training, compensation, promotion, and related activities. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, color, national origin, pregnancy, ancestry, domestic partner status, disability, sexual orientation, age, genetic predisposition, medical condition, marital status, citizenship status, military or veteran status, or any other basis covered by applicable laws. Quansight will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on these characteristics or any other unlawful behavior, conduct, or purpose.