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At Principled Technologies, we strive to be an excellent place to work, with world-class benefits and an adaptive structure that maximizes quality and collaboration. We want to do more than be the best in the world at fact-based marketing and learning and development; we’re trying to change the way people do business. We’re looking for enthusiastic, hard-working, creative people to join us in those endeavors.

  • Performance engineer

    Principled Technologies (PT) is seeking a full-time, hands-on performance engineer for a position in our Durham/RTP office. We are targeting an outside-the-box thinker who is passionate about excellence, someone who questions and verifies while communicating well and working well with teammates.

    The ideal candidate has:

    • Clear communication skills and is willing to check in with teammates frequently and respond quickly, eager to learn, flexible, and adaptable to varying work requirements
    • Creative, out-of-the-box thinking with excellent analytical skills suited to troubleshooting problems and finding solutions to complicated issues
    • An advanced conceptual foundation in computer science and computer systems
    • A deep understanding of and experience with networking, storage, and compute hardware, plus the ways these technologies interact to deliver optimal performance in various configurations
    • Advanced experience in virtualization and mainstream operating systems software (Linux, VMware, Microsoft)
    • Experience in cloud technologies, both public and private
    • The ability to clearly and regularly communicate progress and/or issues
    • The ability to articulate why the technologies we are highlighting matter and help translate difficult engineering topics into consumable deliverables (whitepapers, videos, infographics)
    • A four-year bachelor’s degree or community college degree, ideally in math, science, or technology; more advanced education is welcome but not a requirement
    • 5+ years of experience in and/or research on the above technologies in a scientific, academic, service provider, or enterprise context
    • Advanced system architecture and design experience, for example designing a multi-tier or multi-node application implementation, designing and planning a multi-site infrastructure, or planning and design of application workflows with heterogeneous systems across compute/network/storage
    • A focus in the areas of system optimization and performance tuning
    • Fearless problem-solving skills, including the willingness and ability to tackle new technology issues quickly and on short timetables, using thorough logic and detailed analysis
    • The ability to thrive in a fluid, non-bureaucratic work environment
    • The ability to work on multiple projects with tight deadlines and the willingness to work long hours when necessary Team spirit and the ability to work well in a collaborative environment of varying capabilities and personalities

    Key skills and areas of expertise include the following areas. Extensive experience in every area is not required, but the candidate should have a foundational understanding of many areas and deep expertise in some areas.

    • Server architecture subsystems (CPU, memory, disk, network), including how their interactions affect each other and the overall performance and execution characteristics of various vendor solutions
    • Dell EMC, HPE, Lenovo, or Cisco server technologies
    • Various storage technologies from multiple vendors: SAN, NAS, distributed storage (GFS and Ceph), software-defined storage
    • Hardware and software scalability and performance issues
    • Advanced networking skills on hardware and software-defined solutions; for example, experience with Cisco Nexus and Dell Networking switch configurations, VMware NSX, load balancers, firewalls, etc.
    • Hardware and software virtualization technologies, such as VMware (e.g., vSphere), Hyper-V, and containers
    • Low-level benchmarking tests (e.g., CPU, storage, memory, network, etc.)
    • Application-level benchmarking tests (e.g., VMmark, SPECvirt, SPECcloud)
    • Machine Learning technologies
    • Big data software solutions (e.g., Hadoop, Apache Spark)
    • Cloud technologies, both public (e.g., AWS, Azure) and private (e.g., OpenStack, vCloud Suite)
    • Multiple relational database technologies, including Oracle PostgreSQL, SQL Server, or MySQL

    We have lofty goals: We want to produce the best work in the world. If you come on board, you’ll be signing up for those goals, so you should want to produce work that is great, not just good enough.

    We will not relocate candidates for this opening, so you should live in the Triangle area or plan to move here soon.

    To apply for a position at PT, please send a resume and cover letter to

While we are specifically seeking applicants for the above position, we’re always happy to accept applications from thoughtful, enthusiastic people who want to work at PT.

Working at PT

We offer a flexible working culture designed to cultivate collaboration and encourage the best possible work. Each member of our staff has the freedom to create a productive and fulfilling work environment suited specifically to him or her. We have no set schedules or dress codes, and we offer a world-class set of benefits that help employees work from home and take time off when they need it. Recently, we were honored to have Triangle Business Journal recognize us in their 50 Best Places to Work in the Triangle issue.

PT is committed to not limiting ourselves with job titles. We believe titles can draw boxes around people and their jobs, restricting their ambition and capabilities. We want all our staff members to have the freedom to expand, explore, and change the parameters of their work. Using titles runs counter to that goal.

The ideal candidate for a job at PT is interested in a constant process of learning and improving. Because roles change often and we frequently deal with new technologies, applicants should be flexible, curious, and resourceful. While experience in the technology, learning and development, and/or marketing industries is useful, we welcome less experienced folks who are willing and excited to learn. We also encourage applicants to note skills that may not relate directly to the position to which they’re applying; for example, Chinese or other foreign language skills are a bonus.

PT is committed to creating a work environment in which all of us treat each other with respect and dignity. We will not discriminate in the hiring process or any other part of your employment, including raises or task assignments. We absolutely prohibit any such discrimination or harassment, including sexual harassment, in the workplace. We want PT to be a place where everyone feels welcome, and any actions that make this environment feel hostile are in direct contradiction to our mission, our culture, and our beliefs.

To that end, and acting in accordance with regulations and guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), we provide equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic origin, national origin, class, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, citizenship, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law.

"I enjoy working with people who challenge me to stretch my boundaries and abilities, all inside of an encouraging environment. I love being part of a company that does really interesting work on brand-new technology. I get to work in an inclusive setting with people from diverse backgrounds, different points of view, and vastly different levels of experience."

– Beci