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Software Engineer, Backend (Site Reliability) - Bangalore, India

Cockroach LabsBengaluru, IndiaOnsite

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 enable every developer to build world-changing applications!

About the Role


CockroachDB provides the backbone of storing data on a global scale. As a  Site Reliability Engineer you’ll help manage and scale our CockroachCloud service. You will oversee our production system, ensuring that we can provide stable and scalable infrastructure as we deliver CockroachDB to our customers. CockroachCloud is a global service spanning multiple cloud providers. Roughly half of your time will be spent on greenfield development work, with an emphasis on developing tooling and driving automation.

In the role you will work across multiple teams within CockroachCloud as well as development and product teams working on CockroachDB.   

You Will


  • Manage the infrastructure for cloud services, including running internal production systems and hosting CockroachDB for our external customers.
  • Design, write and deliver software and systems to increase product reliability and operational efficiency.
  • Develop custom tools as necessary.
  • Keep a complex system running and solve problems relating to mission-critical services.
  • Design, implement, operate, and troubleshoot the automation and monitoring of production clusters to maximize performance and availability.
  • Drive the company through disaster recovery tests, where we manually turn down pieces of CockroachDB to test its overall resilience to failures.
  • Participate in an on-call rotation for our production systems and hosted services.

The Expectations


In your first 30 days, you will be onboard and exposed to our current internal and customer-facing production systems. Working with our existing SRE and engineering teams, you will pair on production operations and build out runbooks for the operation of different systems. It's essential for you to take this first month to become familiar with our technology and our company.After 3 months, you'll be fully integrated into the team. You will develop and own tooling for reliability, automation, and other issues related to CockroachCloud’s stability and scalability.

You will identify new opportunities for automating processes, streamlining delivery, deploying new core functionality, and building great tools. By bringing your expertise to our database, you will help make CockroachCloud the best platform to host CockroachDB.

You Have


  • Expertise in analyzing, monitoring, and troubleshooting large-scale distributed systems.
  • 5+ years of experience in software development using one or more of the following: Go, C, C++, Python, Java.
  • Proficiency working with algorithms, data structures, and production troubleshooting.
  • Expertise in working with major cloud providers (AWS, Azure, GCP, etc.) and Cloud APIs.
  • Debugged and optimized code and to automate routine tasks.
  • Working knowledge of web and network protocols and standards (HTTP, TLS, DNS, etc.)
  • Previous on-call experience, with a sense of urgency.
  • Experience building collaborative relationships with your colleagues. You enjoy being part of the code review process and partnering with your teammates on challenging problems.

The Team


BabuSrithar - Site Lead, India 


BabuSrithar is the Site Leader for India. He is responsible for our growth strategy and cultural champion in the region. He is passionate about building high-quality software products and lean teams by leveraging everyone's potential. He enjoys working with people and learning along the way. Before joining Cockroach Labs, BabuSrithar held senior leadership positions at companies like Nutanix, Clumio and recently he was VP of engineering at Apty where he led the engineering globally. When not at work, he enjoys his time with his 3 year old and family.

Tom Schmidt - Site Reliability Engineering Manager


Tom recently joined Cockroach Labs as manager of Site Reliability Engineering and has taken responsibility for Cockroach Cloud’s production operations. Tom joined Cockroach Labs after 15 years at IBM where he initially contributed in a wide variety of technical leadership roles, generally focussing on quality and automation across compiler development, test frameworks, CICD, and more. Over the past 5 years, Tom has become an enthusiastic advocate of the Site Reliability Engineering discipline, presenting on the topic at conferences, developing certification curriculum, and securing multiple patents.

Tom was also a primary contributor towards the establishment of IBMs formal SRE profession and was recognized as one of the first three SRE Thought Leaders within the company. Most recently, Tom transitioned into a management role where he introduced Site Reliability Engineering to the IBM Business Analytics organization, building an SRE team from the ground up, eventually managing over 20 individuals across 3 unique project areas while establishing practices that now guide over 80 engineers internationally. Cockroach labs presented a new and unique opportunity to gain experience in a high paced startup environment, laying the foundation for scalable reliability as we prepare for the rapid growth of our Cockroach Cloud offering. Beyond the business, Tom is blessed to call himself a proud father of a 2 year old boy, and otherwise enjoys finding a balance between spending time in nature (hiking, camping, exploring) and testing his mettle in competitive gaming.

Our Benefits


  • Paid parental leave (with baby bucks)
  • Flexible PTO
  • Competitive Health Insurance Coverage (for you & your dependents!)

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 accessibility@cockroachlabs.com.

Life at Cockroach Labs

Cockroach Labs is the company behind CockroachDB, an open source database headquartered in New York City. CockroachDB is a distributed relational database that is scalable, survivable, and strongly consistent - hence the name. It combines the rich functionality of SQL with the horizontal scalability common to NoSQL offerings, and provides enterprise-grade disaster recovery. The company was founded in 2015 with a mission to Make Data Easy.
Thrive Here & What We Value* Emphasis on quality, innovation, diversity & inclusion* Flexible PTO policy, paid parental leave, competitive health insurance coverage* Collaborative work environment, learning & development budget, equal opportunity employer* Commitment to building a diverse and inclusive workforce, resilient data infrastructure* Mission-driven company culture, fast growth, high-quality software products* Candidate experience focus, technical training, education reimbursement* Relocation support, flexible hours, seamless delivery for apps* Workplace operations management, executive partnership
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