Senior Director, Research Engineering, GitHub Next in Canada

Senior Director, Research Engineering, GitHub Next in Canada


Job title: Senior Director, Research Engineering, GitHub Next

Company: GitHub

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Location: Canada

Senior Director, Research Engineering, GitHub Next Job Details:

GitHub has changed the way software is built, and we have a unique opportunity to look further ahead, to identify how software development can be faster, safer, easier, and more accessible. We’re looking for a talented, technical engineering lead to join us in this mission!

Our team (GitHub Next) has incubated genre-defining products such as Copilot, the new GitHub Code Search, and more. Our explorations help to inform GitHub’s strategy, and allow the company to take on speculative bets, by driving early research and building working prototypes. This is a rare opportunity that affords both startup-level agency, and the reach of the most beloved development product in the world.

In this role, you’ll lead a small team of experienced and talented researchers to help define the future of software development. Please note that while our team is focused on applied R&D, this is not an academic research role. Our job is to not only dream big, but ultimately, to pave a path towards the future. By building it ourselves!

You can see many of our past and current projects at


As a research engineering lead, you’ll manage a small, but senior team of engineers and researchers (3-4) that conduct investigations and build prototypes. As a manager, you’ll help to coach and guide your team, to ensure we’re continuously cultivating a strong culture of empowerment and innovation.

Additionally, because of the builder nature of our team, you’ll also be expected to model technical excellence, by contributing some amount of IC work, which will include writing code, acting as the DRI for team projects (e.g. setting direction/tempo/milestones), performing market analysis (e.g. staying on take of key trends), and helping lead partnerships with stakeholders across the company.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Several years of experience in leadership roles, overseeing teams of senior, staff, and principal engineers
  • Multiple years of experience building and shipping software using a variety of technology stacks, or equivalent experience
  • Several years of experience with building distributed systems in production, using public cloud infrastructure
  • Experience identifying and justifying research goals in situations of ambiguity and executing towards those goals without explicit direction

Preferred Qualifications:

These are more specific abilities we’re looking for, but it is the rare human who possesses them all. Think of this as a descriptive sketch, not a checklist of requirements. Be comfortable applying even if you don’t have all of them.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, that can clearly articulate complex topics, identify trade-offs, and help to inspire us to take on risky and speculative bets
  • A deep understanding of GitHub’s industry and business context and the ability to articulate topics related to our product and audience
  • Have significant experience with one or more frontend technologies. We currently default to Typescript and React for the web and a range of technologies on the backend, but “whatever enables us to ship” is the top concern
  • Have significant experience with open-source software, communities, and the systems these communities use to self-organize and ship software for others

Location: In this role, you can work remotely from anywhere in the following Canadian provinces: Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario


Who We Are:

As the global home for all developers, GitHub is the complete AI-powered developer platform to build, scale, and deliver secure software. Over 100 million people, including developers from 90 of the Fortune 100 companies, use GitHub to build amazing things together across 330+ million repositories. With all the collaborative features of GitHub, it has never been easier for individuals and teams to write faster, better code.

Leadership Principles:

Customer Obsessed – Trust by Default – Ship to Learn – Own the Outcome – Growth Mindset – Global Product, Global Team – Anything is Possible – Practice Kindness

Why You Should Join:

At GitHub, we constantly strive to create an environment that allows our employees (Hubbers) to do the best work of their lives. We’ve designed one of the coolest workspaces in San Francisco (HQ), where many Hubbers work, snack, and create daily. The rest of our Hubbers work remotely around the globe. Check out an updated list of where we can hire here:

We are also committed to keeping Hubbers healthy, motivated, focused and creative. We’ve designed our top-notch benefits program with these goals in mind. In a nutshell, we’ve built a place where we truly love working, we think you will too.

GitHub is made up of people from a wide variety of backgrounds and lifestyles. We embrace diversity and invite applications from people of all walks of life. We don’t discriminate against employees or applicants based on gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, religion, age, national origin, citizenship, disability, pregnancy status, veteran status, or any other differences. Also, if you have a disability, please let us know if there’s any way we can make the interview process better for you; we’re happy to accommodate!

Please note that benefits vary by country. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask your Talent Partner.

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