Systems Engineer - Supercomputing



Software Engineering
Palo Alto, CA, USA · San Francisco Bay Area, CA, USA
Posted on Monday, June 10, 2024

About xAI

xAI’s mission is to create AI systems that can accurately understand the universe and aid humanity in its pursuit of knowledge.

Our team is small, highly motivated, and focused on engineering excellence. This organization is for individuals who appreciate challenging themselves and thrive on curiosity. Engineers are encouraged to work across multiple areas of the company, and as a result, all engineers and researchers share the title "Member of Technical Staff."

We operate with a flat organizational structure. All employees are expected to be hands-on and to contribute directly to the company’s mission. Leadership is given to those who show initiative and consistently deliver excellence. Work ethic and strong prioritization skills are important.

All engineers and researchers are expected to have strong communication skills. They should be able to concisely and accurately share knowledge with their teammates.

xAI does not have recruiters. Every application is reviewed directly by a technical member of the team.

Tech Stack

  • Linux
  • Kubernetes
  • Infiniband and RDMA
  • MPI and NCCL


The role is based in the Bay Area [San Francisco and Palo Alto]. Candidates are expected to be located near the Bay Area or open to relocation.


  • Architecting, operating, and debugging our high-performance compute, network, and storage infrastructure.
  • Qualifying the readiness of new compute and building hardware health monitoring
  • Performance and scalability troubleshooting
  • Automating routine operational tasks
  • Debugging issues in low-latency communication frameworks
  • Setting up monitoring, logging, and alerting systems for observability

Ideal Experiences

  • Large-scale systems administration and configuration management
  • Extensive background in systems engineering, with a strong emphasis on low-level system performance in an HPC environment
  • Proficiency in operating and troubleshooting complex software and hardware systems
  • Debugging across software, hardware, and network boundaries
  • Knowledge and practical experience in designing and deploying systems within clouds or on-premises
  • We are looking for generalists as well as specialists, for example systems programmers or engineers who have focused on performance, security, or data center operations.

Interview Process

After submitting your application, the team reviews your CV and statement of exceptional work. If your application passes this stage, you will be invited to an initial interview (45 minutes - 1 hour) during which a member of our team will ask some basic questions. If you clear the initial phone interview, you will enter the main process, which consists of four technical interviews:

  1. Coding assessment in a language of your choice.
  2. Systems design: Translate high-level requirements into a scalable, fault-tolerant service.
  3. Systems hands-on: Demonstrate practical skills in a live problem-solving session.
  4. Project deep-dive: Present your past exceptional work to a small audience.
  5. Meet and greet with the wider team.

Our goal is to finish the main process within one week. We don’t rely on recruiters for assessments. Every application is reviewed by a member of our technical team. All interviews will be conducted via Google Meet.

Annual Salary Range

$180,000 - $370,000 USD