Senior Software Development Engineer - Amazon Aurora

3+ months agoPalo Alto, CA



Are you interested in building hyper-scale database services in the cloud? Do you want to revolutionize the way databases are built for the cloud? Do you want to have direct and immediate impact on hundreds of thousands of users who use AWS database services? Are you looking to work on the coolest technology while growing your career, in a group that cares about people just as much as products?

Amazon Aurora is breaking new ground and changing the rules for relational databases. Aurora is an exciting area of innovation for AWS, especially in its storage layer which is truly the secret sauce behind the unmatched availability, durability and performance of Aurora. Amazon Aurora is a MySQL and Postgres compatible, relational database service that combines the speed and availability of high-end commercial databases with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of open source databases. It provides up to five times better performance than MySQL at a price point one-tenth that of a commercial database while delivering similar performance and availability.

We are one of the fastest growing businesses within Amazon Web Services. We are currently spread across Seattle and the San Francisco Bay Area. We are successful because not only do we solve deep database storage and integration problems for our customers, we also minimize the effort required to maintain their databases by automating administrative tasks like backup, restore, disaster protection, fail-over for high availability etc. Aurora is the most advanced cloud database service out there, and we're proud to continuously raise the bar. We think we have a winning combination for both startups and enterprises who are moving all their most important data and applications to the cloud.

RDS Streams team is looking for experienced software engineers who are excited about integrating our large scale database systems with other AWS and Amazon services. These are core systems development positions where you will own the design and development of significant software components critical to our industry leading database services architected for the cloud. In this hands on position you will be asked to do everything from building rock-solid components to mentoring other engineers. You need to not only be a top software developer, but also excel in communication, and customer focus. This is a unique and rare opportunity to get in on the ground floor within a fast growing business and help shape the integration technologies, product, and the business. A successful candidate will bring technical and software expertise and ability to work within a fast moving, startup environment in a large company to deliver high quality code that has a broad business impact. We intend to be the world's best and fastest database, built by an excellent team, all while having fun - come join us on the journey!

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Work/Life Balance

Our team puts a high value on work-life balance. It isn't about how many hours you spend at home or at work; it's about the flow you establish that brings energy to both parts of your life. We believe striking the right balance between your personal and professional life is critical to life-long happiness and fulfillment. We offer flexibility in working hours and encourage you to find your own balance between your work and personal lives.

Mentorship & Career Growth

Our team is dedicated to supporting new members. We have a broad mix of experience levels and tenures, and we're building an environment that celebrates knowledge sharing and mentorship. Our senior members enjoy one-on-one mentoring. We care about your career growth and strive to assign projects based on what will help each team member develop into a better-rounded engineer and enable them to take on more complex tasks in the future.

Your responsibilities will include:
• Translating complex functional and technical requirements into detailed architecture and design.
• Running multi-engineer, cross-team projects, and mentoring others on project management and prioritization.
• Being very hands on. Work with others on the engineering team to manage day-to-day development activities, and participate in designs, design reviews, code reviews, and implementation.
• Delivering quality features on time and on budget.
• Performing data analysis to identify opportunities to optimize our services.
• Working with data scientists to understand the data they need, and acting on the insights they provide.
• Maintaining current technical knowledge to support rapidly changing technology, always being on the lookout for new technologies and working with management and the development team to bring in new technologies when appropriate.

Amazon is an equal opportunity employer minority / women / disability / veteran / gender identity / sexual orientation / age.

Basic qualifications
• 2+ years of experience contributing to the architecture and design (architecture, design patterns, reliability and scaling) of new and current systems
• 3+ years of programming experience with at least one modern language such as Java, C++, or C# including object-oriented design
• 4+ years of professional software development experience
• 2+ years of experience as a mentor, tech lead OR leading an engineering team

Additional basic qualifications
• Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or equivalent - Masters in Computer Science preferred.
• Advanced coding skills in Java, C/C++ preferably on a Linux/Unix platform.
• Experience contributing to the architecture and design (architecture, design patterns, reliability and scaling) of new and current large scale distributed systems.
• Proficiency in design and analysis of algorithms and data structures.
• Good understanding of multi-threaded programming, concurrency, locking, and synchronization.
• Linux / UNIX system experience.
• Proficiency in object-oriented design.
• Experience in back-end services.
• Demonstrated ability to contribute to a quality effort, including creating tests and executing them.
• Solid track record for delivery of high quality products.
• Good understanding of open source database technologies.

Preferred Qualifications
• 10+ year's overall professional software development experience and 7+ years enterprise software experience.
• Master's or Ph.D. degree in Computer Science.
• Experience in SQL database development.
• Experience with consistency protocols, transaction concurrency and isolation levels.
• Good understanding of data consistency, locking, and network protocols.
• Knowledge of database system internals and design principles.
• Hands-on experience with AWS APIs and services.
• Experience integrating with 3rd party libraries.
• Low level performance and tuning.
• Excellent leadership, verbal and written communication skills.
• Ability to work well with people and be both highly motivated and motivating.


• 4+ years of professional software development experience
• 3+ years of programming experience with at least one modern language such as Java, C++, or C# including object-oriented design
• 2+ years of experience contributing to the architecture and design (architecture, design patterns, reliability and scaling) of new and current systems


• A Master's degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, or a related field
• Seven or more years of professional software development experience
• Experience with relational and non-relational database systems
• Experience with programming in Rust
• Experience on delivering data plane with multi-gigabit scale
• A track record of successfully leading the delivery of projects as part of an agile software development team
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to present complex technical information in a clear and concise manner to a variety of audiences
• Experience mentoring and coaching junior engineers with less experience

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