Staff Software Engineer, Copilot IDE

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Github is Hiring a Staff Software Engineer, Copilot IDE

GitHub helps companies, organizations, and groups of individuals succeed by allowing them to build better software, together. The successful launch of GitHub Copilot in June 2022 has demonstrated the possibilities of AI-assisted software development.

The engineering organization is now looking for developers to join the Copilot IDE team to work on the different editors that Copilot supports.

The Copilot team currently has three subteams:

  • IDE: Responsible for delivering the GitHub Copilot IDE extension in a range of supported editors. Currently, these are Visual Studio Code, Visual Studio, the JetBrains suite of editors (such as IntelliJ IDEA and PyCharm), and Vim/Neovim.
  • Model Improvement: Responsible for improving the quality of the code suggested by Copilot.
    Foundations: Responsible for the Copilot backend services, integration into GitHub proper, and data pipelines.
  • The Copilot IDE team has close partnerships with the teams responsible for Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code within Microsoft’s Developer Division. It also has strong links with GitHub Next, a research team within GitHub investigating the future of software development, where Copilot was originally incubated.

The Copilot team is highly distributed and the right candidate will thrive in an environment of asynchronous communication. We expect you to have excellent written communication skills and be able to create working relationships with coworkers in locations around the globe.


  • Maintain and develop new features for the Copilot Vim/Neovim extension.
  • Contribute to existing and new IDE plugins that deliver the GitHub Copilot functionality.
  • Collaborate closely with other parts of the wider Copilot team.
  • Explore new ways of presenting Copilot’s output, collaborating with external IDE teams as needed.

Required Qualifications

  • At least eight years of experience in professional software development.
  • At least two years of prior experience developing Vim/Neovim plugins in Vimscript.
  • At least two years of professional development experience in one of the following fields:
    • Developer tooling
    • Program/static analysis
    • Compilers and compiler construction

Preferred Qualifications

  • Extensive experience developing larger Vim/Neovim plugins in Vimscript.
  • Development experience with TypeScript, Java, or C#.
  • Experience developing IDE or editor tooling.
  • Interest in modern AI/machine learning technologies and program synthesis in particular.

Minimum salary of $118,100 to a maximum of $313,300

These pay ranges are intended to cover roles based across the United States. An individual’s base pay depends on various factors including geographical location and review of the experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities of the applicant. At GitHub certain roles are eligible for benefits and additional rewards, including annual bonus and stock. These rewards are allocated based on individual impact in the role. In addition, certain roles also have the opportunity to earn sales incentives based on revenue or utilization, depending on the terms of the plan and the employee’s role.

Location: In this role, you can work remotely from anywhere in the United States or onsite in one of GitHub’s U.S. offices (San Francisco, Bellevue, Raleigh).

Who We Are:

GitHub is the developer company. We make it easier for developers to be developers: to work together, to solve challenging problems, and to create the world’s most important technologies. We foster a collaborative community that can come together—as individuals and in teams—to create the future of software and make a difference in the world.

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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