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Cockroach Labs

Software Engineer, Backend (Boston) Cockroach Labs
Boston, MA

Scalable, Available & Transactional for Open Source

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About Cockroach Labs

Job Description

Please note: You will be in a remote office. For this reason, we're only accepting senior-level candidates for this role.

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

Cockroach Labs is the team behind CockroachDB, an open source, distributed SQL database. We aim to build infrastructure that keeps pace with the world, so developers can focus on what matters most: building the best products. Join us on our mission to Make Data Easy. Are you ready to aim high and build to last?

About the Role

We're looking for experienced backend software engineers to join our team.

You Will

* Design, code, and test across our distributed, open source database, CockroachDB. You bring your expertise to the table to help us build the best database for our users, partners, and customers.
* Collaborate with designers and engineers both in-house and in our open source community to design, implement, and integrate new features and tools into CockroachDB.
* Improve the performance of CockroachDB.
* Make sure that our products stay scalable, survivable, and consistent as we continue to grow as a company.

The Expectations

In your first 30 days, you will become an integrated member of our engineering team. We believe that it's essential for you to take this first month to become familiar with our technology and our company.

After 3 months, you'll be integrated into the team. You will be comfortable contributing to CockroachDB's backend stack. 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 those areas and the product roadmap.

As our team grows, you will have the opportunity to shape the direction of development for 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.

You Have

* A passion for working on complex technical products and have exposure to distributed systems, concurrency control, data replication, file systems, or SQL processing.
* Comfort using programming languages like Go, C/C++, Java, and Python. We use Go on the server-side, but if you don't know it, you'll learn while you're here.
* Experience building collaborative relationships with your colleagues. You enjoy being part of the code review process and partnering with your teammates on challenging problems.
* 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.

Peter Mattis - Co-founder & 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.

Becca Taft - Member of Technical Staff in Boston

Becca joined Cockroach Labs to help build the best open source database on the market. Before Cockroach, she got her Ph.D. in Computer Science at MIT, where she researched database elasticity. Outside of work, Becca spends a lot of time rowing crew (especially long skinny boats with 8 other people). She also loves a good book, especially while standing in a packed NYC subway car.

Radu Berinde - Member of Technical Staff in Boston

Radu joined Cockroach Labs because he believes in what we're building, and was eager to be part of this great team. Previously, he worked on distributed storage at VMware. In his free time, he likes to explore the amazing New England nature or ride his bike (which sometimes means motorcycle, other times bicycle).

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

About Cockroach Labs

Scalable, Available & Transactional for Open Source

86 employees
Cockroach Labs

110 5th Ave 5th Floor

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