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Principal Engineer, Database Systems

San Jose, California


Do you have passion for solving problems that come with scale? At eBay, we deal with petabytes of data that is queried and transformed at rapid speed - we perform 100s of billions of queries and update billions of records per day. If dealing with data of this size and volume is not very exciting, we would like to mention that we are growing a team that is building a geo-distributed, always available, and high-performance distributed database services leveraging container and cloud technologies and microservices for eBay’s next-generation core platform, including key-value store, document store, graph store, and log store, etc. at various consistency levels.

‪The database platform is being built by a team that has the culture and the environment technologists find at a startup. A Software Engineer in the database platform team has knowledge and ideas on how to develop innovative solutions smartly. We are looking for outstanding software engineers with strong development experiences in building scalable and geo-distributed solutions, especially strongly consistent global transaction services with deterministic databases. The ideal candidate will have strong understanding of relevant programming languages, database kernels, deterministic databases, transaction systems, distributed systems, consensus algorithms, replication, design patterns, storage, and network. Exceptional problem solving abilities will be critical for success, as will be a focus on quality. In our environment, quality is everyone’s responsibility, passion is key, innovation and creativity are necessary. The successful candidate will not only participate in but lead the entire lifecycle of a product ranging from requirement analysis, architecture through testing, production rollout, and service support.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • ‪Be part of a team of super-smart engineers building next-gen database platform using the latest open source technologies and contributing to open source.
  • ‪Design and implement differentiated production-ready features in a fast-pace environment with focus on availability, scalability, performance, and geo distribution
  • ‪Rollout features at the pace of business changes and requirements
  • ‪Passion to bring out solid innovative ideas and try out new solutions, while being open minded to feedback from the team
  • ‪Relentless focus on quality and automation

Job Requirements:

  • ‪More than 15 years of experiences developing/testing/deploying secure industrial quality database/storage software products
  • ‪Expert level programming (C/C++, Java, Go, Python) and scripting skills (Bash) are required with track record of solving complex problems
  • ‪Prior experience building distributed transaction systems at internet scale
  • ‪Proven technical leadership in guiding teams and making sound architectural decisions
  • ‪Ability to collaborate with other senior technical leaders in the team
  • ‪Demonstrated experience in leading critical project to production
  • ‪Strong verbal and written communication skills are required due to dynamic nature of team discussions
  • ‪Working experience in a cloud environment (Docker) is required
  • Master’s Degree in Computer Science or equivalent is required
  • ‪Self-directed work style with minimum supervision

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