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Internal Application: Lead Back-End Software Engineer - Infrastructure

Engineering | San Jose, CA | Full Time

Job Description

Lead Back-End Software Engineer - Infrastructure

Location: San Jose

IMVU’s Engineering Infrastructure team builds and maintains both production infrastructure (including real time messaging systems, code deployment, database access layers, real time cluster metrics) and corporate infrastructure (automated build and testing environments, engineering sandboxes, virtual asset management).


We are seeking an accomplished back-end generalist that jumps at the opportunity to learn new languages and dive deep into troubleshooting complex problems. You will have a hand in designing, engineering and maintaining both customer and engineering facing infrastructure across the IMVU ecosystem. You will get a chance to work with, and suggest the use of tools, languages, and systems that are on the bleeding edge. We create technologies and tools that maximize the productivity of every engineer at IMVU and provide a wonderful, fast, dynamic experience to our customers.



  • Learn new technologies, tools, and languages to aid in building the best infrastructure.

  • Build and maintain technologies on both sides of operations and engineering; corp and production, to provide the strongest infrastructure and processes.

  • Handling interrupt-driven work, and being able to maintain multiple project contexts.

  • Cross team requirements gathering and project development.

  • Develop and improve processes that aid in improving engineering velocity and stability.



  • Professional experience with multiple programing languages (we use Haskell, Erlang, Python, C++, PHP,  JS, and more)

  • Comfortable with functional programming

  • Experience with Linux/Unix systems, libraries and development.

  • Experience in 24x7 production environments, including live maintenance and data integrity

  • Capable of working independently and knowing how to unblock yourself.

  • Minimum 5 years of experience as a software engineer

  • BA/BS in Computer Science, related technical field or equivalent practical experience.



  • Expertise in one or more functional programming languages (Haskell, Erlang,.. etc)

  • Experience in continuous deployment, automated build systems, automated testing & sandbox management

  • Experience in managing a cluster of 250+  machines and the associated tools. (cfengine, Puppet, clustershell, vagrant, Fabric)

  • Experience in virtualization/containerization and associated technologies (vagrant, kvm, VirtualBox, Docker, Kubernetes)

  • Solid knowledge of networking fundamentals,technologies, and protocols.


IMVU, the #1 avatar-based social network welcomes users to join a never-ending world where anything is possible, including connecting with people from all over the world. It's here that the fun is infinite and reality is limitless. The IMVU Virtual Shop is the largest of its kind, with an inventory of more than 20 million user-generated, VR-ready goods and growing everyday. From collections that include the hottest trends and throwback sneakers to fairy wings and couture gowns, the marketplace allows our users to personalize, customize and stylize their 3D avatars and environments to their hearts' content. With over three million unique users every month, our platform is poised for future growth and available on desktop, tablet and mobile devices.

Our Engineers are given significant autonomy over their work: we hire smart people and trust them to use their creativity and talents to do right by their peers and our customers. We are longstanding evangelists of Continuous Deployment, strong supporters of open source software and we spawned the Lean Startup movement. We value humility, open collaboration and foster an environment that supports learning from and mentoring others. We want you to grow your talent and career. We’ll provide plenty of interesting challenges and strong support to ensure your success.  At IMVU, we solve challenging problems and create amazing products together every day! Check out some of what we’re doing on our Engineering blog:

Founded in 2004 and based in the heart of Silicon Valley, IMVU is led by a team that's dedicated to pioneering the virtual reality industry. IMVU is backed by venture investors Menlo Ventures, Allegis Capital, Bridgescale Partners and Best Buy Capital.

IMVU has been recognized frequently as Best Place to Work in the Silicon Valley. 



  • Please try out our core product before you apply. We’d like you to understand our products and have some understanding of our customers.

  • Please include a cover letter. Make sure to discuss why you are interested in learning more about IMVU. Job applications without cover letters will not be considered.

IMVU is an equal opportunity employer; applicants are considered for all roles without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital, parental, veteran or military status, unfavorable military discharge, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.