Systems Engineer

Muse Software
Muse is seeking an engineer with an interest in systems-level programming to join our all-remote team of four. In this role you’ll design and build the core internal systems of Muse. This is a great fit for someone with a passion for high-performance, highly-reliable software. If you enjoy writing game engines in C++, building network servers in Go, or optimizing embedded Rust programs, you might have the right disposition for this position.


You’ll be part of the small team designing and building Muse, initially for the iPad and soon for iPhone and Mac. Muse has a novel user interface and calls for very high performance. Because of this we’re seeking someone interested in systems-level engineering applied to user-facing apps. For example, you might work on:
  • Data layer: enable fast retrieval and seamless sync across devices with technologies like CRDTs.
  • Inking engine: create low-latency, high-resolution ink strokes with point simplification and curve-fitting.
  • Rendering pipeline: support 120 fps rendering of rich UIs.
You should be excited about working on these problems in the context of the Apple ecosystem. However you don’t need prior experience with iOS; we’ll support you learning that on the job. We’re excited to hear from people with experience in domains like databases, distributed systems, game engines, graphics, APIs, and front-end infrastructure. These have many parallels to high-performance mobile development.

We’re an all-remote team. Candidates should be between the US Pacific and Central Europe time zone range (for video calls) and be able to travel internationally once every ~8 weeks (for team summits).


Muse is a spinout of the Ink & Switch research lab. We’re taking some of the radical interface approaches and technical ideas developed in the research setting and turning them into a real-world product.

We aim to be a small, independent business that optimizes for mojo over hypergrowth and monetizes directly with pro pricing.

Our passion is to build tools that help creative people do their best work and be their best selves. We believe in human creativity and ingenuity as a force for good; self-improvement and growth mindset; and the simple joy of flow state.


Sound interesting? We'd love to hear from you:

Think of your email as getting the conversation started and not a formal application. Tell us why you're interested in this role, a sense of your prior systems engineering work, and any initial questions you have.

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