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Systems Engineer, Operations

Business Operations | Redwood City, CA | Full Time

Job Description

Maintain and improve a highly specialized production environment based on IMVU proprietary software and solutions. Integrate platforms and tools directly into production servers including imaging servers, building packages, and deployment automation. Customize versions of Open Source software such as Ubuntu, Debian, MySQL, ScyllaDB, Apache Webserver, Nginx, Tomcat, Elasticsearch, Memcache, Nagios, haproxy, LVM. Provisioning and deploying servers, upgrading hardware and software. Upgrading software by setting up test environments to simulate the upgrade, coming up with tests to determine that an upgrade is safe and completed successfully; modify our provisioning system to allow for new types of servers or new behaviors for existing server.  Rack and stack, maintain and troubleshooting production hardware and servers, including hardware diagnostics, replacing hard drives and running cables.  Develop software to implement new services, inventing novel new ways of monitoring, automating manual processes. Troubleshoot any issues found in production large or small, requiring a deep understanding of specialized environment, what services exist, where and how they're interconnected including L2/L3 networking knowledge, understanding of Linux, firewalls, and working knowledge of all the services deployed. Extrapolate implications from scant and obscure log entries. Identifying and resolving performance bottlenecks, both in operating systems and services.


Basic Academic and Experience Requirements – Bachelor’s degree in computer engineering, electrical engineering or a related field.  Three years of experience in job offered, or a research and/or professional employment experience.  Alternatively, the employer will accept a Master’s degree and one year of experience. Knowledge of TCP/IP, IP layer protocols and routing protocols; experience in software development with Bash, Perl, Pythong and C; experience with GNU or Linux system administration; experience utilizing open source server software and development techniques including Apache, Nginx, MySQL, Haproxy and LVM.   Ability to effectively communicate technical information in oral and written communication in English.  


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 Five 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. 



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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.