Software Development Engineer, Amazon Athena

2 months agoNew York, NY


Have you ever wanted to work on state of the art Big Data, Query and Serverless systems that will make a lasting impact on technology?

AWS Athena is looking for Software Dev Engineers who have the passion to tackle tough problems by bringing extensible, cutting edge query technologies to customers around the world. We are looking to reinvent what a Data Warehouse on the cloud can do.

Athena is a full ANSI SQL query engine that works with a variety of standard data formats, including CSV, JSON, ORC, Avro, and Parquet. Athena is ideal for quick, ad-hoc querying but it can also handle complex analysis, including large joins, window functions, and arrays.

Athena is highly available and executes queries using compute resources across multiple facilities and multiple devices in each facility. Athena uses Amazon S3 as its underlying data store, making your data highly available and durable.

Software Development Engineers at Amazon do so much more than just software development. We'll be looking at you to help:
• Decide what features to build.
• Drive software engineering best practice.
• Design distributed and scalable systems.
• Test and document the software you develop.

Inclusive Team Culture
Here at AWS, we embrace our differences. We are committed to furthering our culture of inclusion. We have ten employee-led affinity groups, reaching 40,000 employees in over 190 chapters globally. We have innovative benefit offerings, and host annual and ongoing learning experiences, including our Conversations on Race and Ethnicity (CORE) and AmazeCon (gender diversity) conferences. Amazon's culture of inclusion is reinforced within our 14 Leadership Principles, which remind team members to seek diverse perspectives, learn and be curious, and earn trust.

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 and thorough, but kind, code reviews. 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.


• 2+ years of non-internship professional software development experience
• Programming experience with at least one modern language such as Java, C++, or C# including object-oriented design
• 1+ years of experience contributing to the architecture and design (architecture, design patterns, reliability and scaling) of new and current systems.
• Master's degree in Computer Science or equivalent with 3+ years of experience OR Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or equivalent with 5+ years experience, in: software development, including design, implementation, debugging, and support
• Deep understanding of distributed systems and web services technology
• Strong at applying data structures, algorithms, and object oriented design, to solve challenging problems
• Knowledge of one or more modern programming languages such as C/, C#, Java
• Passion and ability to debug, troubleshoot, and resolve highly complex performance and operational issues


• 3+ years of experience in development of distributed/scalable systems, scalability and performance consideration, and high-volume transaction applications - database systems a huge plus!
• Experience with serverless, big data, ETL technologies at scale
• Experience taking projects from scoping requirements through V1 launch and V2 iterations.
• Knowledge of professional software engineering practices and best practices for the full software development life cycle, including coding standards, code reviews, source control management, build processes, testing, and operations.
• Experience with SQL and No SQL data stores
• Proficiency with Presto, Cassandra, BigQuery, Keras, Apache Spark, Apache Impala, Apache Pig or Apache Kudu.
• Experience with open source technologies such as Apache Kafka, Apache Lucene Solr, or other relevant big data technologies.
• Experience in production-scale software development.

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