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Software Engineer (Backend)

We're seeking a software engineer to work on our home-built NoSQL backend that queries up to 750 GB/second -- and help us take this to multiple TB/second.

First, a bit of background...

We’re a VC-funded startup, founded in 2011 by former Google engineers with a deep background in technical operations. Our founder Steve Newman (one of the creators of Google Docs) was frustrated by the sheer number of tools required to get his job done managing infrastructure at Google (17 different tools at one point!). Scalyr was created to solve that problem.

Over the past few years, our small team has developed a powerful tool for DevOps teams. It’s lightning-fast, feature-rich, and our customers - primarily engineers - love it (and pay for it.) We’ve been growing at a rapid clip, and we need more talented engineers to support that growth.

Your role & goal

You'll be on our core engineering team and working directly with the heart of our product, our Java-based backend (don't worry - we're not an 'enterprise Java' bloatware shop!) We're working through a major architectural improvement that's going to reduce storage costs, improve performance, and have a major impact on all aspects of the business, and you'll be at the center of that effort. Of course you'll also work on other aspects of the backend's continual improvement - feature additions, bug fixes, and the like. Needless to say, this role will have a big impact.

In addition to writing code, you'll be deeply involved in design discussions, technology decisions, and all other aspects of the engine that powers Scalyr.

You should

  • Have at least 2 years of professional experience with Java;
  • Have experience with algorithms and distributed systems concepts such as rpcs, sharding, consensus-based replication, and caching;
  • Have a 4-year degree in computer science (or equivalent experience) and have strong knowledge of CS fundamentals (data structures, algorithms, etc.);
  • Have working knowledge of linux/unix commands;
  • Be able to work with a medium-sized team of other strong engineers.

Some Nice-to-Haves

  • Experience with other languages (Python, C/C++, Swift, Objective-C);
  • Open source contributions (send us a link to your GitHub!); and
  • Knowledge of AWS or other cloud computing environments.

Your teammates

You'll be working with our entire team, but most directly with our core backend engineers - Steve Newman (our CEO and lead architect), Steve Czerwinski (our lead engineer), John Hart (our senior backend engineer), and Chris Council (who works on both front-end and back-end/infrastructure).

We’re a small, close-knit group. We’re highly technical and cerebral. We listen to each other, value both affirming and dissenting opinions, have healthy debates (with no bruised egos), and love talking about our product, engineering, and everything else (from world politics to TV to science fiction novels.) We range in age from 20s to 50s.

More about the gig

  • Full-time, on-site at our office in San Mateo (but with the ability to work from home/remotely ~2 days / week);
  • Competitive salary & equity;
  • Generous benefits including comprehensive healthcare, free lunch, flexible schedule, unlimited vacations, and a very easygoing, low-stress, supportive and fun office environment.

A bit more about us

Scalyr is backed by top-tier VCs (Google Ventures, Bloomberg Beta, Susa Ventures, Sherpalo Ventures.) We have plenty of cash, and *gasp* paying customers and a healthy business model.

We're a team of seasoned software professionals, hailing from places like Google, Stanford, and MIT. Many of us have founded or co-founded startups and we're all nerds at heart.

There aren't any long meetings here - we're allergic to unnecessary overhead. We use a lightweight agile process with weekly releases and daily standups. We're always analyzing the effectiveness of the tools and processes we use, and we're careful about adopting new ones.

We're a highly engineering-focused company -- we build a tool for engineers made by engineers. And we're just beginning to go through the explosive-growth phase (5x revenue growth over the last year and we're signing 7-figure customer contracts). This is a great time to be a part of the early team.

Read more about Scalyr here.

If this sounds like fun...

Submit an application below.  Include some background about yourself, links to any cool projects you've done, and why you think this would be the perfect fit for you.


And finally...

Scalyr is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, protected veteran status, or disability status. Headhunters and recruitment agencies may not submit resumes/CVs through this Web site or directly to managers. Scalyr does not accept unsolicited headhunter and agency resumes. Scalyr will not pay fees to any third-party agency or company that does not have a signed agreement with Scalyr.