Etheric Networks, the pre-eminent Bay Area-based Internet Service Provider seeks an Internet Protocol routing and switching Engineer.

Job Description

Etheric Networks, the premier Bay Area Internet Service Provider, offers a fiber network ringing the Bay, hundreds of on-net buildings on a licensed microwave backbone, and thousands of customers on our long-range multipoint broadband wireless network. We seek a qualified network engineering architect to assist in selecting and developing advanced network services and topologies. Knowledge of IETF and IEEE standards, such as BGP and OSPF, Router and Switch Management, Fiber and RF communications required/helpful. Knowledge of Software Defined Networking and related implementations is helpful. Experience working in a network engineering startup or on an Internet /Telecommunications Service Provider Network is a plus. Knowledge of Linux and SQL required/very helpful. Related skills, such as business process engineering and software engineering also helpful.


Research and work collaboratively with our engineering department to enhance services such as VPN, VLAN, VXLAN, switching, and routing implementations along the lines of SDN. Developing a service provider network architecture that is scalable and high-performance. (2/3 time)

Mentoring networking staff and managing production network. (1/3 time)


Etheric has been providing service to the Bay Area since 2003. For the right candidate, this is a great opportunity to actually deploy network architecture on a mass heterogeneous wide area network in which you will be the primary contributor for network and product design patterns.

Etheric has four network electro-mechanical distribution systems:

Our Data Center peering core sites, with multiple peers such as Tier 1 and Tier 2 Service Providers.
Our Fiber Ring of about 290 miles of fiber
Our Gigabit Fixed Wireless Point-to-Point Microwave Network, with about 100 on net points of presence (base stations).
Our 50-200 megabit Long Range multipoint network and Gigabit short-range multipoint microwave service.


Etheric is a truly diverse company and an equal-opportunity employer. In addition to a competitive salary for such a position, we offer Kaiser HMO 50/50, Dental PPO, stock options, and a profit-sharing plan to ensure your voice is heard in formulating company strategy. We can be flexible about offering sabbatical and unpaid leave occasionally. One day a week telecommuting is possible.

Salary depends on experience and estimated capacities. We have fairly transparent gradients for staff based on their skills and capabilities. We offer a competitive salary and working conditions.

Etheric offers early-phase stock options (30 employees), has an employee profit-sharing plan, and many other benefits. We offer excellent medical benefits, a 401K and have a strong vacation program. See more at

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $90,000.00 to $155,000.00 /year


At least two years of professional experience working with BGP and OSPF protocols. Familiarity with Cisco Catalyst switches. Knowledge of wireless communications, internet security a plus. Knowledge of working with scripting, automation, and software development is important. We use python at present and used PERL and C/C++ previously. Most of the staff at this level have engineering degrees, but occasionally we encounter the self-taught who were mentored at networking companies.

Etheric uses Cisco, Arista, and Brocade, as well as many Linux operating system network devices.

The candidate will be working with our system design, system integration, and network operations team, sometimes in a lead capacity, and in some cases as a contributor.

Equal Opportunity Employer. We have a diverse workforce and encourage women and diverse people to apply for this position. All are welcome.

Please email resumes with “Lead ISP Network Engineer” in the subject line to

About Etheric Networks

Seeks to maintain an innovative free and open Internet, and to provide services and capabilities the large telecoms may not permit or support. Etheric has a multi-gigabit microwave backbone and a terabit-capable fiber backbone ringing the Bay Area. We provide licensed and open spectrum fixed wireless service, as well as fiber service to buildings, businesses, and residences. We also have infrastructure presently at 5 Bay Area Data Centers and have a staff of approximately 30 people, Our coverage area extends from Southern Marin to Salinas, and from Pleasanton Livermore to Santa Cruz. We additionally can provide event services globally. Etheric has been profitable for the last 10 years and has been providing Internet Access to the Bay Area since 2003.

We exist to provide an alternative to Xfinity and AT&T and to provide a first-class engineering team with real research and development, not mere resale of off-the-shelf technology. We reinvest our revenues into the communities we serve.

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