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Senior Backend Engineer, Media Streaming



Marketing & Communications, Software Engineering
Berlin, Germany · London, UK
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2024

SoundCloud empowers artists and fans to connect and share through music. Founded in 2007, SoundCloud is an artist-first platform empowering artists to build and grow their careers by providing them with the most progressive tools, services, and resources. With over 375 million tracks from 40 million artists, the future of music is SoundCloud.

We're looking for engineers to join our Media Streaming Team.

Role description:

We build, deploy, and maintain our media streaming platform. The team controls playback end-to-end, from transcoding uploaded media all the way to custom-embedded players in our native and web apps. We handle petabytes of data and gigabytes per second of traffic and strive to provide the best playback experience to our users.

Experience and Background:

You have solid backend engineering skills and are motivated to work in these areas. You’re enthusiastic about learning new skills and technologies. You’re proactive and have experience collaborating closely with other teams. You enjoy creating simple solutions to complex engineering problems and can communicate them to product managers and your team. You’re an independent thinker but thrive in a tight-knit agile team. You’re committed to the products you work on.

  • Go and Terraform are our main languages, so you are either already proficient in them or excited to learn.
  • Prior experience with microservices, databases, automated testing, and continuous delivery are highly valued.
  • You are familiar with media streaming protocols such as HTTP Live Streaming (HLS), codecs (e.g., Opus, AAC) and transport container formats.
  • Deep understanding of streaming platforms built using cloud-based file management and CDN tools (e.g. AWS S3, Cloudfront).
  • Experience with content protection and encryption is a big plus.

We care much more about your general engineering skills than any prior knowledge of a particular language or framework.

If that sounds like you, we'd love to hear from you.

Read about engineering at SoundCloud

About us:

  • We’re international! We operate in the US, Berlin and London and all of our communication is in English
  • We have a flexible, friendly and inclusive office environment in Mitte and NYC
  • Our environment is a learning one, with specific focus on development, including a professional development allowance and a possibility to use 20% of your time for a personal project
  • You can contribute to our Engineering Blog post


  • Not located in Berlin? No worries, we offer extensive relocation support including allowances, one-way flights, temporary accommodation, and by partnering with Expath, on the ground support on arrival
  • Interested in a gym membership, photography course or book? We have a Creativity and Wellness benefit!
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan
  • Professional development allowance
  • Flexible vacation and public holiday policy where you can take up to 35 days of PTO annually
  • We offer free German courses at beginning, intermediate and advanced
  • Various snacks, goodies and 2 free lunches weekly at the office!

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at SoundCloud

SoundCloud is for everyone. Diversity and open expression are fundamental to our organization; they help us lead what’s next in music by understanding and empowering our creators and fans, no matter their identity. We acknowledge the challenges in the music industry, and strive to influence an inclusive culture where everyone can contribute respectfully and thrive, especially the historically marginalized communities that many of our creators, fans and SoundClouders identify with. We are dedicated to creating an inclusive environment at SoundCloud for everyone, regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, migration background, national origin, age, disability status, or care-giver status.

At SoundCloud you can find your community or elevate your allyship by joining a Diversity Resource Group. Diversity Resource Groups are employee-organized groups focused on supporting and promoting the interests of a particular underrepresented community in order to build a more inclusive culture at SoundCloud. Anyone can join, whether you share the identity or strive to be an ally.