AI Performance Infrastructure Tech Lead

About Modular

We believe that AI is a net positive force in the world. Our vision and mission are to help rebuild AI infrastructure to advance humanity and our environment. We will do whatever it takes to empower our customers, team, and company to benefit from that pursuit. You can read about our culture and careers here to understand how we work and what we value.

We are owners and advocates for the underlying technologies, developer platforms, product components, and infrastructure. These essential building blocks form the high-quality and coherent experiences our users expect. We aim to drive the pace of innovation for every AI/ML developer.

About the role:

At Modular, we’ve been building one of the most unique and advanced technology stacks to drive forward the state of AI infrastructure. We’re looking for a key technical leader to oversee the design, development, implementation, and optimization of our performance-related infrastructure. In this role you’ll work closely and collaborate with our engineering teams pushing the limits of performance with the MAX platform and the Mojo programming language.

We value candidates who’ve seen the complexity, pain, and cost of managing today’s AI benchmarking and performance systems. If this sounds exciting, we invite you to join our world-leading AI infrastructure team and help drive our industry forward!

LOCATION: This role is based out of North America. You can work out of one of our offices in Los Altos, CA or remotely from home.

What you will do:

  • Lead the design and architecture of performance-related infrastructure solutions.
  • Analyze system performance metrics and identify opportunities for infrastructure optimization.
  • Collaborate with our cloud and platform teams to forecast capacity requirements and plan for future scalability needs.
  • Empower our performance teams by implementing monitoring and alerting solutions to proactively identify and mitigate performance issues.
  • Lead incident response efforts related to performance incidents, including root cause analysis and resolution.
  • Create and maintain technical documentation related to performance infrastructure solutions, including architecture diagrams, deployment guides, and best practices.
  • Work closely with cross-functional teams to ensure alignment of performance-related initiatives with overall business objectives.
  • Provide mentorship and guidance to junior team members, fostering a culture of continuous learning and improvement.

What you bring to the table:

  • 5+ years of experience in performance engineering, infrastructure engineering, or a related field.
  • Experience with cloud computing platforms such as AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud Platform.
  • Strong understanding of networking, storage, compute, and database technologies.
  • Leadership experience, with the ability to lead and mentor a team of engineers.
  • Strongly identifies with our core company cultural values.

Helpful but not required:

  • Experience working with ONNXRuntime, PyTorch, TensorFlow, Nvidia TRT-LLM, or vLLM.
  • Some experience with and interest in Mojo, our AI programming language!

The estimated base salary range for this role to be performed in the US, regardless of the state, is $234,000.00 - $319,000.00 USD. 
e salary for the successful applicant will depend on a variety of permissible, non-discriminatory job-related factors, which include but are not limited to education, training, work experience, business needs, or market demands. This range may be modified in the future. The total compensation for a candidate will also include annual target bonus, equity, and benefits, with equity making up a significant portion of your total compensation.

For candidates who fall outside of the listed requirements, we nevertheless encourage you to apply as we may have openings that are lower/higher level than the ones advertised. 


What Modular brings to the table:

  • Amazing Team. We are a progressive and agile team with some of the industry’s best engineering and product leaders.
  • Flexible Location. We want you to work where you are most productive and we are a remote-first company. We have offices in Palo Alto, CA and Seattle, WA for collaboration, and will open more next year.
  • World-class Benefits. In order to attract the best, we need to offer the best. Premier insurance plans, up to 5% 401k matching, very generous WFH setup stipends, flexible paid time off, and more are available to you! Please note that specific benefit packages may vary based on your location.
  • Competitive Compensation. We offer very strong compensation packages, including stock options. We want people to be focused on their best work and believe in tailoring compensation plans to meet the needs of our workforce. 
  • Team Building Events. We organize regular team onsites and local meetups in different cities.

Working at Modular will enable you to grow quickly as you work alongside incredibly motivated and talented people who have high standards, possess a growth mindset, and a purpose to truly change the world.

Modular is proud to emphasize an equal opportunity, safe environment for people to do their best work. Modular is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, or Veteran status. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements.
If you require reasonable accommodations to participate in the interview process, please let your recruiter know, and we will work with you to meet your needs in compliance with the ADA.

This employer participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. If E-Verify cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, this employer is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or Social Security Administration (SSA) so you can begin to resolve the issue before the employer can take any action against you, including terminating your employment. Employers can only use E-Verify once you have accepted a job offer and completed the Form I-9.

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