Software Engineer, Backend (Observability) - New York, NY

Cockroach Labs

Cockroach Labs

Software Engineering
New York, NY, USA
Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2024

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, and thrives anywhere. We created CockroachDB to unshackle teams from the constraints of their database. Join us on our mission to simplify how businesses build and operate world-changing applications!

About the Role

We are looking for full-stack software engineers who are excited about empowering customers and internal users with capabilities to monitor and observe CockroachDB as part of our Observability team. The Observability team is responsible for the end to end flow of observability data from the infrastructure within CockroachDB that exhausts raw data to the analysis, aggregation, and consumption of that data through user-facing console applications, various APIs, Cloud infrastructure, and several other tools. Our work is critical in supporting troubleshooting journeys for our customers and colleagues.

. You Will

  • Contribute to the growth of the open source database, CockroachDB. You bring your expertise and commitment to excellence to help build a database that makes data easy for everyone.
  • Enhance observability features on Cockroach Cloud, our fully managed CockroachDB offering.
  • Develop in Go and React/TypeScript, but if you don't know them you'll learn while you're here.
  • Work closely with other engineers and product managers across our cloud and database teams.
  • Help foster a collaborative culture and exchange knowledge with a highly experienced technical organization.
  • Ensure that CockroachDB remains scalable, survivable, and consistent as we continue to grow as a company.

The Expectations

In the first month you will join your engineering team and start to learn about our production systems, software development workflow, and the architecture of CockroachDB and CockroachCloud. We believe that it's essential for you to take this first month to become familiar with our technology, company, and our culture.

After 3 months you'll be a fully-fledged member of your team and comfortable contributing to CockroachDB. 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 your interests and our goals.

As our team grows you will have the opportunity to shape the direction of development for CockroachCloud and 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. We also offer technical training and experienced mentorship to help you learn and grow.

You Have

  • A passion for working on complex technical products
  • Experience building modern web applications using programming languages like Go, C/C++, Java, JavaScript and Python.
  • Comfort implementing graphical user interfaces using technologies like React.
  • An understanding of system design, API design, and infrastructure such as Kubernetes, AWS/GCP/Azure.
  • Exposure to topics such as distributed systems, data processing pipelines, infrastructure around metrics, logs, and traces, and cloud observability technologies.
  • 8+ years of relevant experience.
  • 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. In addition, you will get to work closely with the senior leadership including:

Reporting to Namrata Kodali - Director of Engineering

Namrata joined Cockroach Labs in 2020, and leads the Observability team. Previously, she spent several years at Yext in New York City, leading teams working on everything from their API and platform to billing and subscriptions. She was initially drawn to Cockroach Labs’ culture and people, and has developed a passion for working in Observability, helping make CockroachDB more understandable. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time outdoors, climbing, biking, and hiking.

Isaac Wong - EVP 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 and 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, and consistent SQL databases, along with the amazing technology and culture at Cockroach Labs proved too much. When not working he likes to draw, play the piano, and search NYC for cannolis with his wife and kids.

Our Benefits

  • Competitive Health Insurance Coverage (for you & your dependents!)
  • Paid Parental Leave (with baby bucks)
  • Flexible PTO
  • Learning & Development Budget
  • Relocation Support (as applicable)

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

The annual anticipated base salary range for U.S. candidates for this role is USD $174,000 to $230,000, 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.