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Recruiting Open Source Contributors to Work at AWS

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Note: This post is, of course, out of date – but we still have lots of open source jobs at AWS!

Happy New Year! How would you like to start 2019 with a new role working on open source at AWS?


My team of open source technologists is growing steadily, adding specialists in different areas, and we are now looking for a specialist in robotics to work with the ROS community. Based in Palo Alto, California, this position is focused on identifying and working with open source robotics communities, building demonstrations, presenting at events, and telling the stories of the community via meetups, blog posts, discussion groups, and social media. We’ve already run some robot race car sessions in the Palo Alto office atrium, and are looking forward to having some AWS DeepRacer and other demonstration robot projects running around the office!

Apply for the position Open Source Technologist, Robotics.

The AWS RoboMaker team also has several positions open to do core ROS development work, including a Senior Software Development Engineer.


We had a great time at KubeCon in Seattle last month, which many people from our engineering teams were also able to attend. We’re looking for more developers to work on open source contributions to Kubernetes and related projects, including a Senior Software Development Engineer, Open Source Kubernetes, based in Seattle.

And Kafka!

At re:Invent, we announced Amazon Managed Streaming for Kafka (Amazon MSK), and that team is recruiting engineers to work on all aspects of the product, including contributions to the Apache Kafka project. The team is based in Seattle, and in Cambridge England, and has an open position in each place.

  • Senior Software Development Engineer, Managed Streaming for Kafka – Seattle
  • Senior Software Development Engineer, Managed Streaming for Kafka – Cambridge, England

Update: Jobs in Big Data!

We also have openings to work on Amazon EMR in Palo Alto, New York, and Seattle.

And AWS Amplify!

  • Software Development Engineer
  • Web Development Engineer
  • Sr. Software Development Engineer

All in Seattle. In case you’re not familiar with it, AWS Amplify is an open source, opinionated, category-based client framework for building scalable mobile and web apps.

And Corretto!

  • Software Development Manager, JDK/JVM Development, Amazon Corretto – Palo Alto
  • Software Development Engineer, OpenJDK Performance, Amazon Corretto – Palo Alto
  • Senior Software Development Engineer, JVM and JDK, Amazon Corretto – Palo Alto

We’re always happy to connect interested open source developers with teams across Amazon, so if there’s a project you’d like to work on that Amazon has an interest in, let us know!

Adrian Cockcroft

Adrian Cockcroft

Vice President Cloud Architecture Strategy, Amazon Web Services Adrian Cockcroft has had a long career working at the leading edge of technology, and is fascinated by what happens next. In his role at AWS, Cockcroft is focused on the needs of cloud native and “all-in” customers, and leads the AWS open source community development team. Prior to AWS, Cockcroft started out as a developer in the UK, joined Sun Microsystems and then moved to the United States in 1993, ending up as a Distinguished Engineer. Cockcroft left Sun in 2004, was a founding member of eBay research labs, and started at Netflix in 2007. He initially directed a team working on personalization algorithms and then became cloud architect, helping teams scale and migrate to AWS. As Netflix shared its architecture publicly, Cockcroft became a regular speaker at conferences and executive summits, and he created and led the Netflix open source program. In 2014, he joined VC firm Battery Ventures, promoting new ideas around DevOps, microservices, cloud and containers, and moved into his current role at AWS in October 2016. During 2017 he recruited a team of experienced open source technologists and gave keynote presentations at AWS Summits and many other events around the world. Cockcroft holds a degree in Applied Physics from The City University, London and is a published author of four books, notably Sun Performance and Tuning (Prentice Hall, 1998).