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DevOps Engineer for Software Heritage Full-time

Published at 2024-05-16 - Viewed: 553 times - Software Heritage (Worldwide/Remote)

The Software Heritage project

Software Heritage is a universal software source code archive project, whose aim is to recover, preserve for the very long term and share all publicly available source code, together with its development history (e.g., as stored in version control systems). The Software Heritage archive already contains over 17 billion unique source files and 3.6 billion commits, retrieved from over 266 million software development projects. The Software Heritage initiative, hosted by the Inria Foundation, is an entirely free software (FOSS) and non-profit project.

The Position

We are looking for an experienced DevOps engineer to develop our operations team. The ideal candidate will have a particular interest in scripting, automation, continuous integration and deployment.

As a member of the Software Heritage team, the candidate will be involved in maintaining the software heritage stack and infrastructure, designing infrastructure evolutions and maintaining an efficient development environment for our developers.

Here is a non-exhaustive list of projects on which you could be called upon to collaborate:

  • Help design the architecture of future components of the Software Heritage ecosystem, to ensure horizontal and/or vertical scalability.
  • Participate in the specification and deployment of Software Heritage environments for partner projects
  • Specify developments enabling Software Heritage to be used as a data source for research projects (Big Data, AI, Cybersecurity).

For a more detailed list of our current projects, please refer to the Software Heritage Roadmap 2024

Main tasks and activities

  • Supervision and maintenance of the Software Heritage infrastructure
  • Platform deployment and automation
  • Support and troubleshooting
  • Active participation in team life
  • Progress monitoring and reporting on assigned projects
  • Interaction with relevant Open Source communities and Software Heritage partners


The skills required for the position are as follows (in order of preference):

  • Experience on Kubernetes or equivalent container orchestration environment.
  • Solid Linux experience on a production environment, preferably at scale
  • Experience with configuration management technologies such as Puppet, Chef or Ansible
  • Operation of relational (PostgreSQL) and/or NoSQL (Cassandra) databases
  • Experience in operating a Big Data environment
  • Scalable storage (e.g. Ceph, cloud-based blob storage, ZFS, Swift…)
  • Programming experience in Python or other languages
  • Good level of English (written and spoken)
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills

The ideal candidate will be sensitive to the FOSS culture and ecosystem (use, possible contributions to projects…). We expect self-organization and autonomy skills commensurate with the candidate’s experience. Good system administration practices should be well known or mastered, particularly in the context of FOSS development, and software development should be at least a familiar skill.

Software Heritage is a complex technical architecture (see doc), based on many different technologies, which continues to evolve. We do not expect candidates to master all of them, but rather to be open to discovery and learning. Previous knowledge of one or more of the above-mentioned subjects will help in the process of getting to grips with the project, but we encourage you to apply whatever your level of experience in these technologies.

Working conditions

We are a team of 15 people, including 9 technical staff (5 developers and 4 sysadmins).
Autonomy, transparency and consultation are at the heart of our values (the project is free and Open Source).

Most of the team is based at the Inria center in Paris, but the position is open to any location in France close to an Inria center (Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon, Grenoble, Rennes, Saclay, Sofia Antipolis, Nancy).

The contract is a 3-year renewable full-time fixed-term contract, with the prospect of permanent employment.

  • Telecommuting: 90 days/year (average 2 days a week)
  • Vacation: 35 days + 10 days RTT
  • Salary range: 30 to 70 k€ depending on profile and experience.


Please send your application (CV + cover letter) to

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