Senior Windows Kernel Engineer

    • Datadog
  • Remote, NY
  • Posted 39 days ago | Updated moments ago


On Site
USD 187,000.00 - 240,000.00 per year
Full Time


Microsoft Windows
Performance monitoring
Cloud security
Data collection
Windows API
Network protocols
Problem solving
Computer science
Windows Services
Professional development
End-user training
Apache Kafka
Computer networking
Value engineering
Health care

Job Details

The Windows Kernel Integration Team is a multi-discipline team that works across the company to develop novel observability, monitoring, and security collection capabilities for all of Datadog's specialized products. Through low-level user and kernel APIs, the team collects all the signals that are required to power some of our most impactful products like Network Performance Monitoring (NPM), Universal Service Monitoring (USM), Cloud Security Management, and several new and upcoming systems. Our goal is to provide complete visibility into wherever is needed to enrich existing Datadog products, and build new ones, without requiring users to deploy additional agents or libraries in their stacks. The team is composed of a set of Microsoft Windows experts who build custom drivers to instrument several layers of the OS stack. This group partners closely with Datadog's eBPF team that builds similar solutions on Linux.

At Datadog, we place value in our office culture - the relationships that it builds, the creativity it brings to the table, and the collaboration of being together. We operate as a hybrid workplace to ensure our employees can create a work-life harmony that best fits them.

What You'll Do:
  • Own new feature development end-to-end from ideation to implementation
  • Build low-overhead data collection tools based on Windows kernel drivers that collect important metrics from the kernel and in particular the network stack
  • Develop solutions to instrument L7 protocols such as HTTP/S, DNS, gRPC, but also application specific protocols such as Kafka, Redis
  • Develop new features and signal collection methods in support of rapidly expanding security products within the company
  • Be a driving force in product decisions

Who You Are:
  • You have in depth knowledge with C/C++ and Windows OS kernel development
  • You have strong low-level Windows OS internals knowledge
  • You have experience working with and developing in the Windows operating system, developing and troubleshooting kernel drivers (using WFP, Win 32 APIs, DDK, ...)
  • You have experience working with and developing applications that utilize the Event Tracing for Windows (ETW) ecosystem to collect OS and security signals
  • You have a deep understanding of the various layers of the network protocol stack and have hands-on experience troubleshooting networking or API related issues
  • You have significant experience building high throughput/low latency systems
  • You have been building applications and tooling for 5+ years and know the systems you've worked on in depth
  • You are motivated by solving problems for our customers first and foremost and building beautiful products that our customers love
  • You have a BS/MS/PhD in a Computer Science, Engineering or related scientific field or equivalent experience

Bonus Points:
  • You have contributed to core Windows services
  • You have knowledge of Windows Security including attack and defense
  • You have experience building and troubleshooting large distributed systems
  • You have experience with Golang
  • You have worked at a very high scale environment (e.g. ~thousands of payloads/sec)

Benefits and Growth:
  • New hire stock equity (RSUs) and employee stock purchase plan (ESPP)
  • Continuous professional development, product training, and career pathing
  • Intradepartmental mentor and buddy program for in-house networkin
  • An inclusive company culture, ability to join our Community Guilds (Datadog employee resource groups)
  • Competitive global benefits
  • Giving programs

Benefits and Growth listed above may vary based on the country of your employment and the nature of your employment with Datadog.

Datadog offers a competitive salary and equity package, and may include variable compensation. Actual compensation is based on factors such as the candidate's skills, qualifications, and experience. In addition, Datadog offers a wide range of best in class, comprehensive and inclusive employee benefits for this role including healthcare, dental, parental planning, and mental health benefits, a 401(k) plan and match, paid time off, fitness reimbursements, and a discounted employee stock purchase plan.

The reasonably estimated yearly salary for this role at Datadog is:
$187,000-$240,000 USD