• Locations
    • London
    • Toronto, CA
  • Date Posted
  • Jan. 6, 2022
  • Function
  • Engineering QA
  • Sector
  • Data

Databases are the beating heart of every business in the world.

Cockroach Labs is the creator of CockroachDB, the most highly evolved cloud-native, distributed SQL database on the planet that scales fast, survives anything, and thrives anywhere. We created CockroachDB to unshackle teams from the constraints of their database. Join us on our mission to enable every developer to build world-changing applications!

About the Role

We are hiring software engineers for the Test Engineering team to expand our investment in next generation test automation.  Note, this is not a QA/testing role; all of our engineers write tests.

Databases must keep going no matter what. The Test Engineering team owns all aspects of test automation to ensure CockroachDB and CockroachCloud adhere to the highest quality standards; we are software engineers on a mission to push our product to new frontiers. Our work has a broad-reaching impact on the engineering organization of over 100 engineers who rely on the tools we build to ship a top-notch quality product.

The work encompasses three primary focus areas: Test Infrastructure, Exploratory Testing, Performance and Scalability.  We build tools, develop test strategies, and collaborate with all engineering and support teams to proactively address customer-facing quality issues.

Several examples of projects:

  • Automated flaky test detection and quarantining
  • Next generation of roachtest (see roachtest) and roachperf (see roachperf)
  • Failure injection testing
  • Probabilistic concurrency testing (e.g., https://github.com/awslabs/shuttle)
  • Large-scale benchmarking and performance testing
  • Developing a static analysis framework for concurrency bugs
  • The ideal candidate will have worked with massively complex codebases and possess broad experience in distributed systems, cloud infrastructure, and automated testing.

You Will

  • Develop test strategies and specifications
  • Build and scale test infrastructure
  • Build tools and frameworks (including from the ground up)
  • Prioritize and execute test suites that are representative of customers’ workloads
  • Build static and dynamic analyzers

The Expectations

In your first 30 days, you will become an integrated member of our engineering team. You’ll become familiar with our production systems, software development workflows, and architecture of CockroachDB and CockroachCloud. We believe that it’s essential for you to take the first month to get to know our technology and our company. You’ll be given a “starter project” to help you learn about a particular area and start to get the lay of the land.

After your first month, you will align with the team’s development objectives and you will own and complete a medium-sized project related to test automation.

By the end of the third month, you will be a fully-contributing member of the Test Engineering team. You will also have developed enough familiarity with our engineering processes to propose and scope future projects.

You Have

Desired experience level ranges from mid to staff level. At a minimum, this role requires:

  • 3+ years of experience as a software engineer writing clean, idiomatic code
  • 1+ years of hands on experience with GCP or AWS
  • Experience with one of the following: Automation Frameworks/Testing, Cloud Infrastructure, Continuous Integration, Test Design, Building static analyzers (e.g, we currently use GCP, Kubernetes, Terraform, Ansible, Packer)
  • Exceptional communication skills with a collaborative mindset
  • BS in Computer Science or equivalent experience

The Team

Reporting to Stan Rosenberg - Director of Engineering

Stan is an experienced engineering leader, having built and scaled high-performing engineering teams and distributed systems at high-tech startups. Prior, he worked as a software engineer and a researcher in formal methods. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stevens Institute of Technology. In his free time, he enjoys exploring outdoors while dreaming about days when software works as reliably as a bridge.

Isaac Wong - VP of Engineering

Isaac is responsible for the health of the engineering organization at Cockroach Labs. He partners closely with teams to ensure we have a balanced culture that promotes quality and innovation in pursuit of our goals. Before joining Cockroach Labs Isaac was in life sciences for 16 years with Medidata Solutions where he had a front row seat on the exciting ride from a 30 person startup to more than 2000 people worldwide. But the lure of distributed, resilient, and consistent SQL databases, along with the amazing technology and culture at Cockroach Labs proved too much. When not working he likes to draw, play the piano, and search NYC for cannolis with his wife and kids.

Our Benefits

  • 100% health insurance coverage (for you and your dependents!)
  • Paid parental leave (with baby bucks)
  • Flex Fridays
  • Flexible time off & flexible hours
  • Education reimbursement
  • Relocation support