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Cockroach Labs // open-source database software
Engineering, Full Time    New York, San Francisco, Toronto    Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2021
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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, & 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 looking for extraordinary backend, full-stack, & frontend engineers to join our team.

You Will

  • Design, code, & test across our distributed database, CockroachDB, or our database-as-a-service, CockroachCloud. You bring your expertise to the table to help us build the best database for our users, partners, & customers.
  • Collaborate with designers & engineers both in-house & in our open source community to design, implement, & integrate new features & tools into CockroachDB.
  • Improve the performance of CockroachDB or CockroachCloud.
  • 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 & our company.

After 3 months, you'll be integrated into the team. You will be comfortable contributing to the codebase for CockroachDB or CockroachCloud. You will begin to determine the parts of our product that most interest you & work with your manager to focus your efforts on projects that align with those areas & the product roadmap.

As our team grows, you will have the opportunity to shape the direction of development for Cockroach Labs products. We want our users to have a phenomenal experience using our products, & you play a crucial role in making our database offerings a joy to use.

You Have

  • Been pursuing or recently completed studies in Computer Science or related technical field, graduating between December 2021 & August 2022.
  • A passion working on complex technical products & have exposure to distributed systems, concurrency control, data replication, file systems, or SQL processing.
  • Comfort using programming languages like Javascript, React, Redux, Go, C/C++, Java, & Python/Django. We use React.js, Redux, & Typescript on the client side and use Go on the server side. If you don't know any of these languages, you'll learn them while you're here.
  • A love for building relationships with your colleagues. You enjoy being part of the code review process & partnering with your teammates on challenging problems.
  • Past experience working on production-level code.
  • Genuine interest in Cockroach Labs' mission & are excited to use CockroachDB in your projects.
  • Bonus points if you were a TA or Head TA for a CS course.

Note: Our interview process consists largely of programming in a real environment, & we'll be evaluating you on the skills listed above.

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 & 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 & then learned the true meaning of scalability while working on Gmail & Colossus at Google. Before stepping into the office in the morning, he will have nursed his CrossFit addiction & 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 & 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, & consistent SQL databases, along with the amazing technology & culture at Cockroach Labs proved too much. When not working he likes to draw, play the piano, & search NYC for cannoli's with his wife & kids

Our Benefits

  • 100% health insurance coverage (for you & your dependents!)
  • Fertility & Family Planning coverage
  • 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 & inclusive workforce. If you need additional accommodations to feel comfortable during your interview process, please email us at

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