Senior Staff Software Engineer - Networking

  • Mozilla
  • Remote, OR 97458, USA
  • 03 May, 2023

Job Description

What is a Senior Staff Software Engineer at Mozilla?

A Senior Staff Software Engineer is the next level from a Staff Software Engineer. At Mozilla this role can vary, but typically a Senior Staff Engineer leads projects requiring implementation across multiple teams, providing technical leadership, building cross-team relationships, and helping the teams deliver on their objectives. The Senior Staff Engineer is an expert in their domain. They provide feedback on our strategy and goals affecting multiple teams and turn our strategy into coordinated action for those teams. They mentor others by stewarding responsibilities to junior and senior engineers so they can take on new ones, while collaborating with management on building team consensus and providing technical direction.

The Role

The Mozilla Corporation's Gecko networking team is looking for skilled developers to work on a first-class networking stack and improve web experiences for millions of Firefox users. The team is working on the core of the browser that moves the web. The fundamental network protocols and features like HTTP, QUIC, caching and DNS are our responsibility. We strive to provide a performant and secure browsing experience for our users. Furthermore we work on advanced web platform networking API’s like Fetch, WebSockets and WebTransport. We improve our existing implementations and together with the broader community we advance the web through the evolution of relevant standards. 

Is debugging networking protocols or multi-threaded applications  an exciting challenge for you? If you’re also enthusiastic about working collaboratively with a worldwide community, we'd love to hear from you!

Opportunities to collaborate with other browser teams, and working in the open is the norm. Firefox is a mature project always looking for new optimizations, and we are trying to write some of our new components in Rust. You’ll be responsible for writing code, tests, specifications, building prototypes, solving problems, and analyzing data. You'll get feedback from real users and synthesize it into bug reports, feature designs, and strategic direction to make the web platform even better over time.

In this role you will:

  • Improve Firefox’s web browsing experience with a particular focus on the networking stack and network related API’s, e.g. Fetch, WebSockets, WebTransport, etc.
  • Design and implement new web platform features in collaboration with the web community
  • Debug and fix problems in our multi-threaded code base
  • Debug platform-specific networking issues
  • Improve Firefox’s stability, correctness and performance
  • Analyze and reduce Firefox’s memory usage
  • Work cooperatively with other Mozillians to identify and correct issues

Your professional profile:

  • 8+ years of experience as a Software Engineer
  • Proficient in C++
  • Skilled professional in HTTP protocols and implementations, experience implementing networking standards
  • Experience performing high level system design, project planning, roadmap strategy and resourcing
  • Experience and comfortable working with distributed teams
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience with conflict resolution and decision making
  • Professional experience in Javascript
  • Experience or interest in learning Rust
  • Actively coaches and shares knowledge to fellow and cross over engineering teams
  • Experience working on a cross-platform native application
  • Creative problem-solver and skilled debugger
  • Experience writing and debugging multi-threaded code
  • Ability to learn a large and complex multi-language code base
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

We value a variety of voices. You don’t need to check every box on this list to apply.

About Mozilla 

Mozilla exists to build the Internet as a public resource accessible to all because we believe that open and free is better than closed and controlled. When you work at Mozilla, you give yourself a chance to make a difference in the lives of Web users everywhere. And you give us a chance to make a difference in your life every single day. Join us to work on the Web as the platform and help create more opportunity and innovation for everyone online.

Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging

Mozilla understands that valuing diverse creative practices and forms of knowledge are crucial to and enrich 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, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and expressions.

We will ensure that qualified individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, as appropriate. Please contact us at to request accommodation.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race (including hairstyle and texture), religion (including religious grooming and dress practices), 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.  Mozilla will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics or any other unlawful behavior, conduct, or purpose.

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