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Lead Distributed Systems Engineer

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Software Engineering
Boston, MA, USA
Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2024


Federal Reserve Bank of BostonThe Federal Reserve System serves as the central bank of the United States. Its fundamental mission is to foster the stability, integrity, and efficiency of the nation’s monetary, financial, and payments systems.

This position is responsible for supporting the Federal Reserve System’s Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) Research and Development program.

Given the US dollar’s importance, the Federal Reserve System seeks to further understand the implications, costs, and benefits of the use of different technologies for a potential US CBDC to better understand this emerging field. This position offers a unique opportunity to be part of a world-class team working on cutting edge technologies related to CBDC R&D. You will participate in a dynamic work environment that has the feel of a startup while also maintaining the benefits of a larger organization.

This role is eligible for a hybrid schedule, with a mix of remote work from your home office in the First District and planned onsite work expected for intentional collaboration. Limited travel may be required. Candidates must reside in 1st district.

What you will be responsible for

  • Designing and implementing scalable distributed systems, primarily in Go
  • Working with TechOps to containerize and deploy distributed systems in the cloud using Kubernetes
  • Designing and implementing distributed systems protocols such as two-phase commit, replication through distributed consensus and concurrency control algorithms
  • Utilizing cryptographic algorithms and modern best practices to ensure security and fault tolerance of distributed systems
  • Designing and executing wide-scale system and micro-benchmarks to understand and debug performance
  • Writing system, integration and unit tests to provide quality assurance and prevent regressions
  • Providing thoughtful and thorough code reviews
  • Writing clear and concise code and architecture documentation
  • Communicating solutions, challenges and results to both technical and non-technical teams

Skills you will bring

  • Strong software engineering and debugging skills, with a particular focus on the Go programming language
  • Experience deploying and testing containerized applications in the cloud using Kubernetes and AWS
  • Experience implementing distributed systems algorithms at scale, particularly consensus algorithms like Raft and BFT, and two-phase commit
  • Experience applying cryptographic algorithms such as hash functions, digital signatures and encryption in a distributed systems context
  • Experience generating and analyzing runtime flame graphs to identify software bottlenecks
  • Experience with distributed tracing, metrics and observability with a particular focus on Prometheus, Grafana and OpenTelemetry
  • Ability to communicate technical challenges, test results and solutions to both technical and non-technical teams
  • Experience working with large distributed systems involving hundreds of servers
  • Experience with database fundamentals, secure transport, API development and maintenance

The Federal Reserve System is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace and to provide equal employment opportunities to all persons without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, genetic information, disability, or military service.

All employees assigned to this position will be subject to FBI fingerprint/ criminal background and Patriot Act/ Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) watch list checks at least once every five years.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work required of this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities or skills associated with this position or the personnel so classified. While this job description is intended to be an accurate reflection of this position, management reserves the right to revise this or any job description at its discretion at any time.

For this job, any offer of employment is contingent upon successfully passing a two-phase security screening. The first phase consists of the satisfactory completion of a physical examination (including a drug screening), reference checks, and a security investigation consisting of credit and criminal history checks.

The second phase, which might not be complete until after you begin working at the Reserve Bank, is an additional risk-based security screening determined by the risk rating of the position. Depending upon the sensitivity of the position, this phase may include, and is not limited to, work and residency eligibility verification, and personal interviews with the candidate, references, and prior employers.

All applicants must have resided in the United States for at least three (3) years

Full Time / Part Time

Full time

Regular / Temporary


Job Exempt (Yes / No)


Job Category

Work Shift

First (United States of America)

The Federal Reserve Banks believe that diversity and inclusion among our employees is critical to our success as an organization, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. The Federal Reserve Banks are committed to equal employment opportunity for employees and job applicants in compliance with applicable law and to an environment where employees are valued for their differences.

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