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Sr. Staff Software Engineer, Backend



Software Engineering
Sunnyvale, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, May 31, 2024

Senior Staff Software Engineer, Backend (Core ML)

On-site work model with 3 days in office/week in Sunnyvale, CA

About the Role:

As a Senior Staff Engineer in the team, you will be leading, designing and developing applications & infrastructure for machine learning use-cases. You will be deploying and maintaining scalable model serving infrastructure that address cybersecurity issues faced by diverse businesses today. To excel in this role, you must be excited about designing the backend and build ML integrations with other Illumio Products to take it to customers. You will also be actively involved in building infrastructure for model training, deployment and serving. Your work will have a direct impact on our customers using the ML models for enterprise-level security use-cases.

About the Team:

Illumio's new Machine Learning (ML) team embodies a culture of thought leadership, independence, and responsibility, holding a significant and highly visible role within our Engineering division. This dynamic team is tasked with developing state-of-the-art ML solutions for complex cybersecurity challenges. Working directly with the leadership team, the team shapes Illumio's strategic direction and reinforces our leadership in Zero Trust Segmentation. In a world facing some of the greatest cybersecurity threats in history, the impact of our ML team is profound and far-reaching.

We're looking for engineers who are ready to bring diverse perspectives, innovate relentlessly, and tackle challenging enterprise security issues head-on, leaving a significant mark in the cybersecurity landscape.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Implement the UI backend and ML APIs integration into Illumio Products (Core & CloudSecure) to render ML features

  • Design and develop scalable infrastructure to support the training, evaluation, and deployment of machine learning models

  • Collaborate with data scientists and ML engineers to integrate backend systems with ML frameworks such as TensorFlow, PyTorch, and Scikit-learn

  • Design and implement APIs for serving ML models, ensuring efficient response times and scalability

  • Manage databases that store model parameters, metadata, training data, and logs

  • Implement logging, monitoring, and alerting solutions to track model performance, system health, and resource utilization in real-time

  • Proactively contribute to cultivating a new team and product domain, offering strategic impetus shaping the roadmap and vision for the product

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Proficiency in GoLang or Python for backend development is preferred

  • Experience in designing and developing scalable API solutions

  • Knowledge in tools and platforms for service monitoring, alerting, and maintenance

  • Experience with integrating vector databases and past experience in supporting ML-specific cloud services within Azure ecosystem is a plus

About Illumio:

Illumio, the pioneer and market leader of Zero Trust segmentation, prevents breaches from becoming cyber disasters. Illumio protects critical applications and valuable digital assets with proven segmentation technology purpose-built for the Zero Trust security model. Illumio ransomware mitigation and segmentation solutions see risk, isolate attacks, and secure data across cloud-native apps, hybrid and multi-clouds, data centers, and endpoints, enabling the world’s leading organizations to strengthen their cyber resiliency and reduce risk. Illumio believes that an environment of unique backgrounds, experiences, viewpoints, and individual contributions drives our success and makes us stronger together. We are dedicated to creating and maintaining a diverse culture and emphasizing inclusion and belonging.

Pay Range:

$229,000 - $275,000 USD

The pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, location, experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, or applicable laws.


At Illumio we offer a wide range of benefits to our eligible team members. Our benefit programs vary by location and can include Medical, Dental, Vision Coverage – Health and Dependent Savings Accounts – Life and Disability Programs – Paid Parental Leave – Voluntary Benefit Programs – Company Sponsored Wellness Program – Wellness Reimbursement Program - Retirement Savings – Equity Opportunities – Paid time off and Paid Holidays – Employee Incentive Program.#LI-TD1 #LI-HYBRID