Software Engineer, Backend (Database) - Distributed US, Toronto, London

  • Locations
    • United States
    • Toronto, CA
    • London
  • Date Posted
  • Nov. 10, 2021
  • Function
  • Software Engineering
  • 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

CockroachDB helps anyone who needs to scale fast, survive anything, and thrive everywhere. We are looking for backend software engineers who are excited about growing an open-source cloud-native distributed SQL database to join our database teams. Working closely with other engineers and product managers on both the cloud and database teams, you will be part of a collaborative culture striving to make data easy at global scale.

You Will

  • Contribute to the growth of the open source database, CockroachDB. You bring your expertise and commitment to excellence to help build a database that makes data easy for everyone.
  • Develop in Go, but if you don’t know it you’ll learn while you’re here.
  • Improve the performance of CockroachDB.
  • Ensure that CockroachDB remains scalable, survivable, and consistent as we continue to grow as a company.

The Expectations

In the first month you will join your engineering team and start to learn about our production systems, software development workflow, and the architecture of CockroachDB and CockroachCloud. We believe that it’s essential for you to take this first month to become familiar with our technology, company, and our culture.

After 3 months you’ll be a fully-fledged member of your team and comfortable contributing to CockroachDB. You will begin to determine the parts of our product that most interest you and work with your manager to focus your efforts on projects that align with your interests and our goals.

As our team grows you will have the opportunity to shape the direction of development for CockroachCloud and CockroachDB. We want our users to have a phenomenal experience using our product and you play a crucial role in making CockroachDB a joy to use. We also offer technical training and experienced mentorship to help you learn and grow into whatever you wish it to be.

You Have

  • A passion for working on complex technical products and have exposure to topics such as distributed systems, concurrency control, data replication, file systems, or SQL processing.
  • Comfort using programming languages like Go, C/C++, Java, and Python.
  • An understanding of system design.
  • Experience building collaborative relationships with your colleagues. You enjoy being part of the code review process and partnering with your teammates on challenging problems.
  • 3+ years of relevant experience.
  • A BS in Computer Science or equivalent experience.

The Team

You will have the opportunity to report to a member of our engineering leadership team based on the project you work on at Cockroach Labs.  In addition, you will get to work closely with the senior leadership including:

Peter Mattis - Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer

Peter works on a bit of everything, from low-level optimization of code to refining the overall design. He was thrust into file systems early in his career at Inktomi and then learned the true meaning of scalability while working on Gmail and Colossus at Google. Before stepping into the office in the morning, he will have nursed his CrossFit addiction and dealt with the chaos of a three kid morning routine. You can set your watch by his daily departure at 4:30 pm to have dinner with his family.

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 cannoli’s 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

Cockroach Labs is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer building a diverse and inclusive workforce. If you need additional accommodations to feel comfortable during your interview process, please email us at accessibility@cockroachlabs.com.

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