Software Engineer, Developer Infrastructure - Toronto

Cockroach Labs

Cockroach Labs

Software Engineering, Other Engineering
Toronto, ON, Canada
Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2023

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

Cockroach Labs is the creator of CockroachDB, the planet's most highly evolved cloud-native, distributed SQL database that scales fast, survives anything, and thrives anywhere. Join us on our mission to unshackle teams from the constraints of their database and enable every developer to build world-changing applications!

About the Role

Cockroach Labs is looking for a software engineer for the Developer Infrastructure team. Our work spans a range of disciplines, including software engineering, software builds, CI/CD systems, cloud infrastructure, information security, and automated testing.

The Developer Infrastructure team builds development tools and systems to enable all of Engineering at Cockroach Labs. Our work has a broad-reaching impact on teams who rely on these tools on a daily basis. Our tools encompass the workflow of the entire engineering team, ranging from the CI pipeline to internal hosting infrastructure. Success in this role means collaborating with many engineering teams and improving workflows for engineers working in different domains between database and cloud engineering.

Our team values:

  • Providing high-quality support to Cockroach Labs engineering teams and a strong desire to help other people work more productively.
  • Engaging with other Cockroach Labs engineers to build relationships, listen to developer pain points, and identify opportunities for improving our systems and tools.
  • Minimizing and automating away toil.

Some examples of work that the team is doing:

  • Rolling out a distributed remote Bazel execution cluster to significantly reduce CI and local build times for CockroachDB engineers.
  • Adopting IaaC (Terraform) infrastructure configuration and introduce processes and tools to provide better manageability and security of internal cloud infrastructure.
  • Optimizing machine types for CI agents to improve CI performance and optimizing cloud costs.
  • Shortening release cycles for CockroachDB Cloud teams by automating manual steps in the deployment process.

The ideal candidate will have broad experience in software engineering, continuous integration systems, software builds / version control systems, automation, and cloud infrastructure. They will enjoy working on a variety of problems from project to project.

You Will

  • Understand the daily workflows of engineers across the engineering team and identify ways to increase productivity and reduce friction by implementing new tools and processes.
  • Improve continuous deployment automation for CockroachDB Cloud application deployments
  • Provide direct support to engineers who need help using our systems
  • Manage and maintain the health and performance of our CI system
  • Write developer infrastructure tools, primarily in Go


In the first month, you will become an integrated member of the Developer Infrastructure team. You will spend most of your first two weeks learning about how Cockroach Labs works across all departments and become familiar with our DB and Cloud engineering teams. You will start with small tasks before taking on larger starter projects to become familiar with our systems and development workflow and gain exposure to the workings of CockroachDB and CockroachDB Cloud. We believe it is essential for you to take this first month to become familiar with our technology and our company.

In your second month, you’ll take on your first medium-sized starter project with a greater scope that will take several weeks to finish -- you’ll be partnered with one or more engineers to plan and complete this project.

By the end of the third month, you will be a fully contributing member of the developer infrastructure team, having successfully owned and completed one or more medium-sized projects. You will also have gained enough familiarity with our systems to propose and scope projects, and you’ll be able to engage with other Cockroach Labs engineers to answer questions and support our development tools.

You Have

  • 5+ years of experience as a software engineer.
  • 2+ years of hands-on experience with deploying cloud infrastructure on GCP or AWS.
  • 2+ years of experience writing development tools and developing CI pipelines.
  • Experience with automation and scripting on Unix.
  • Experience with git/GitHub.
  • Hands-on experience with containers.
  • Exceptional communication skills with a service mindset (where engineers are our customers) and a desire to collaborate with other engineers.
  • Experience with Front-end build tools.
  • A BS in Computer Science or equivalent experience.

The Team

Ken Liu - Director of Engineering

Ken Liu is an experienced engineering leader, having built and scaled engineering teams at several high-growth startups in NYC. Over the past four years at Cockroach Labs, Ken has been building our Engineering Productivity, Security Engineering, and Compliance functions from scratch on top of leading several DB engineering teams. Previously, he worked in various industries as a software engineer, including Novartis Pharmaceuticals, IEEE, and BMW. In his free time, he spends most of his energy keeping up with his two teenagers but enjoys reliving the 90s by rollerblading on weekends.

Jordan Lewis - Sr. Director of Engineering

Jordan is a Senior Director of Engineering at Cockroach Labs and is responsible for the teams that build and maintain CockroachDB Cloud. He’s been at Cockroach Labs since 2016, when he joined as an engineer on CockroachDB’s SQL engine, and has been involved in a wide range of CockroachDB development projects and teams. He’s heavily involved in the CockroachDB community and hosted a Friday programming livestream that featured live CockroachDB development for three years. Jordan lives with his wife in Brooklyn, where he was born and raised. Outside work, he enjoys bike riding and playing Spikeball in Prospect Park.

Our Benefits

  • Competitive health insurance coverage (for you and your dependents!)
  • Paid parental leave (with baby bucks)
  • Flex Fridays
  • Flexible PTO & Flexible Hours
  • Learning & Development Budget

The annual anticipated base salary range for U.S. candidates for this role is USD $XXX to $XXX, plus commission if a sales role. We set standard ranges for all U.S.-based roles based on function, level, and geographic location, benchmarked against similar stage growth companies. In order to be compliant with local legislation, as well as to provide greater transparency to candidates, we share salary ranges on all job postings regardless of desired hiring location. Actual salaries may vary and fall outside of this range depending on factors such as a candidate’s qualifications, geographic location, skills, experience, and competencies. In addition, we are often open to a wide variety of profiles, and recognize that the person we hire may be less experienced (or more senior) than this job description as posted. Salary is one component of the Cockroach Labs’ total rewards package, which includes stock options, health insurance, life and disability insurance, funds towards professional development resources, flexible PTO, paid holidays, and parental leave, to name a few! Salaries for candidates outside the U.S. will vary based on local compensation structures.