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Software Engineer II - SDK

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Posted 12 days ago

Job Type

Full Time


$125k - $182k









  • Contribute to Temporal's mission of simplifying code and enhancing developer experience through open-source SDK development

  • Lead the design, integration, and maintenance of Temporal SDKs and CLI in a fully-remote environment

  • Opportunity to work with cutting-edge technologies, collaborate with a diverse team, and attend occasional developer conferences


Who We Are

Temporal is an open source programming model that can simplify code, make applications more reliable, and help developers focus on the important things like delivering features faster. Our amazing user community provides us with real-time feedback and contributions to improve the developer experience everywhere.

Backed by top VC firms, we have built a team of professionals from various successful start-ups and well-known technology companies. Together, we collaborate cross-functionally, engage with and support our users to improve the developer experience, deliver world-class open-source software, and enhance our commercial SaaS platform.

Temporal is growing and working towards building the best community. We are looking for those who share our values, challenge 'standard' thinking, and want to influence our future. If you have a passion for helping developer communities, open-source software, and want to be a part of our amazing team, we'd love to hear from you!

We have an opening on our SDK team to hire a Software Engineer to help us build a great experience for developers of Temporal-based applications. Our SDK team makes the Temporal SDKs and the Temporal CLI—the primary ways through which our customers use Temporal. This is harder than it sounds—SDKs are not mere clients; they act as runtime environments for application code, and coordinate closely with Temporal Server to provide the durable-execution guarantees our customers require. Most of our work is open source—see for yourself here:

What You Will Do

  • Design and build Temporal SDKs used by customers to work with Temporal in their programming language of choice.

  • Tightly integrate Temporal SDKs with their respective languages to run application code in a durable, deterministic way.

  • Maintain and improve the Temporal CLI and VSCode IDE plugin.

  • Work directly with our community to debug issues that need expert attention, and get feedback on Temporal SDK features and APIs.

  • Write publicly-readable technical documentation describing Temporal concepts and APIs.

  • Travel to meet your coworkers in meatspace for a week once or twice a year.

  • Attend the occasional developer conference to talk about how great Temporal is (optional).

What You Won’t Do

  • Work in an office (unless you want to, but you’d be by yourself). Temporal is a fully-remote company.

  • Commit code that’s poorly-tested or works “most of the time”. Temporal aspires to be “Reliable as Gravity”, and we expect your code to be the same.

  • Overwork yourself to meet a deadline. Instead of crunch time, we cut scope.

  • Work behind closed doors. The SDKs are open source—that means PRs and comments are open to the public, too.

  • Sit in meetings all day. We mostly communicate in writing, and use meetings mainly for status updates and thorny issues that need input from the whole group.

  • Wake up to pager alerts. We’re extremely active in supporting the community, but we don’t do 24/7 on-call.

What You’ll Bring

  • BS or MS in Computer Science (or a closely-related degree), or equivalent work experience writing production-grade software.

  • Fluency in multiple programming languages, and an affinity for learning new ones. We don’t care which, but you should know at least two.

  • Familiarity with concurrent programming—you should know how to use mutexes and atomics safely.

  • Familiarity with distributed systems—you should know what to do when you can’t rely on mutexes and atomics.

  • A methodical, detail-oriented approach to your work.

  • A deep sense of ownership and personal accountability—you care about the impact of your work, and if something goes wrong, you take responsibility for making it right.

  • A proactive approach to managing your work—you’ll need to balance working autonomously vs. working closely with others, and recognize when you need help.

Nice to Have

  • Familiarity with Temporal’s programming model (e.g. you’ve written an app on Temporal).

  • Experience writing in Go, Java, Python, .NET, TypeScript, Ruby and/or Rust.

  • Experience contributing to open source projects.

  • Experience designing APIs and writing documentation for publicly-usable libraries/modules.

  • Experience contributing to the architecture and design of large-scale distributed systems.

  • Deep knowledge of language runtimes—particularly related to sources of non-determinism.

  • Strong technical communication skills—written and verbal—in English.


  • The estimated pay range for this role is $125,000 - $182,000.

  • Additionally, this role is eligible to participate in Temporal's equity plan.

Compensation ranges reflect salary and commission compensation (when applicable) across several geographic markets. Employment offers carefully consider multiple factors, including prior experience, knowledge, expertise, skillset, market location, and job level assessed during the interview process.

Employee benefits and perks below are for full-time employees, part-time or temporary positions are excluded.

U.S. Benefits

  • Unlimited PTO, 12 Holidays + 2 Floating Holidays

  • 100% Premiums Coverage for Medical, Dental, and Vision

  • AD&D, LT & ST Disability, and Life Insurance (Standard & Supplemental Available)

  • Empower 401K Plan

  • Additional Perks for Learning & Development, Lifestyle Spending, In-Home Office Setup, Professional Memberships, WFH Meals, Internet Stipend and more!

International Benefits

  • Paid Time Off (PTO) and Benefits outside the United States vary by country, and are issued in partnership with .  Additionally, Temporal offers perks to all international employees for learning & career development, a lifestyle spending account, in-home office setup (in addition to company-issued hardware), professional memberships, work-from-home meals, and access to the Calm app for mental wellness.

Additional Perks

  • $1,500 / Year Career Development & Learning Stipend

  • $1,200 / Year Lifestyle Spending Account

  • $1,000 / Year In-Home Office Setup (In addition to Temporal issued equipment - laptop, monitor, keyboard, mouse, trackpad, and extension power cable at no cost to you)

  • $500 / Year Professional Memberships

  • $300 / Month Work From Home Meals

  • $74 / Month Reimbursement for Internet

  • Calm App Subscription for Mental Health & Wellness

Temporal Technologies is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Temporal Technologies does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need. We embrace and celebrate differences and diversity.

Temporal is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. If you need to request a reasonable accommodation, please let your Recruiter know so we can assist.

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