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Principal Engineer - Platform Database



Seattle, WA, USA
Posted on Thursday, January 11, 2024

Principal Engineer - Platform Database

Backend, Engineering
Seattle, Washington |
San Francisco, California |
Sunnyvale, California

About the Team

The Platform Engineering team (Compute, Network, Storage, Reliability and Hardware engineering, Corporate IT and more) lies within the broader Uber Engineering group. The mission of the Platform Engineering team is to "Empower One Uber to innovate by building a world-class foundation that accelerates growth at scale"

About the Role

As a Principal Engineer at Uber, you will have a profound impact across a wide spectrum of business and technological domains, influencing a multitude of projects across various geo locations. Your role will be pivotal in shaping scalable systems with efficient coding practices. You will be a collaborative role model and an accessible leader, offering valuable insights and perspectives within a larger team. Your role as a mentor is crucial, guiding a team of dedicated engineers through challenging projects with your technical expertise. At Uber, a Principal-level Engineering position is distinctive, representing the top 2% of our engineering talent.

We're seeking an experienced technical leader capable of architecting, implementing, and scaling solutions that meet our ambitious goals.

What You’ll Do

  • Lead and inspire a team of engineers managing Uber’s distributed database technologies, including MySQL, Docstore, Schemaless, and Cassandra
  • Strategize and drive our database architecture, focusing on scalability, reliability, performance, and cost efficiency
  • Work closely with product teams to understand business requirements and translate them into robust database solutions
  • Develop and enforce best practices in database design, ensuring data integrity, security, and optimal performance
  • Stay abreast of industry trends and emerging technologies in transactional databases to enhance our systems and processes continually

What You’ll Need

  • BS degree in Computer Science with over 10 years of industry experience
  • A proven track record of excellence at the Principal Engineer level or higher within a leading technology company
  • In-depth, hands-on experience with large-scale database deployments in a production environment.
  • Expertise in distributed databases and database technologies such as MySQL, Oracle database, SQL Server, etc
  • Solid understanding of distributed database architecture, data modeling, and performance tuning
  • Exceptional communication skills with the ability to engage effectively with both technical and non-technical stakeholders
  • Demonstrated leadership in mentoring a team of database engineers

Bonus Points If

  • PhD or Master’s degree in Computer Science
  • Extensive experience with cloud-based database solutions (OCI MySQL service, AWS RDS, Azure SQL database, Google Cloud SQL, MyRocks)
  • Engagement with the open-source community
  • Experience in live data migration and workload consolidation

For San Francisco, CA-based roles: The base salary range for this role is USD$284,000 per year - USD$315,500 per year.

For Seattle, WA-based roles: The base salary range for this role is USD$284,000 per year - USD$315,500 per year.

For Sunnyvale, CA-based roles: The base salary range for this role is USD$284,000 per year - USD$315,500 per year.

For all US locations, you will be eligible to participate in Uber's bonus program, and may be offered an equity award & other types of comp. You will also be eligible for various benefits. More details can be found at the following link https://www.uber.com/careers/benefits.

Uber is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know by completing this form.

Offices continue to be central to collaboration and Uber’s cultural identity. Unless formally approved to work fully remotely, Uber expects employees to spend at least half of their work time in their assigned office. For certain roles, such as those based at green-light hubs, employees are expected to be in-office for 100% of their time. Please speak with your recruiter to better understand in-office expectations for this role.