Observability - APM - Java Agent Engineer

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Elastic is a free and open search company that powers enterprise search, observability, and security solutions built on one technology stack that can be deployed anywhere. From finding documents to monitoring infrastructure to hunting for threats, Elastic makes data usable in real-time and at scale. Thousands of organizations worldwide, including Barclays, Cisco, eBay, Fairfax, ING, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, The Mayo Clinic, NASA, The New York Times, Wikipedia, and Verizon, use Elastic to power mission-critical systems. Founded in 2012, Elastic is a distributed company with Elasticians around the globe. Learn more at elastic.co.

Note: Our preferred regions for this role would be North America or APJ

The Observability team is in charge of developing solutions that focus on application developers and engineers that run infrastructure and services supporting these applications. Elasticsearch is an efficient datastore for logs, metrics, and application traces, supporting the three pillars of observability. The Observability team builds and maintains solutions that make getting insights from this data turnkey and efficient, such as our APM, Infrastructure Monitoring, and Logs solutions. When developing these solutions, we think about the problem end-to-end: how do we automatically collect data from common data sources, how do we store it efficiently in Elasticsearch, how do we present this information to the user, what actions do we take on the insights from the data? All of these aspects are important in bringing a turnkey solution to the market. 

As a Java Agent Engineer on the APM team, you will be part of a team developing a high quality, open source APM product aimed to help fellow Java developers instrument, debug, and monitor Java applications. As part of the agent team, you’ll be deeply involved with the entire codebase and take on responsibilities for new features, improving the resource footprint and roadmap planning. You will also be engaging with the open source community.

Specifically, you will be responsible for developing code that integrates with several Java frameworks and application servers.

You will also collaborate closely with the APM Server team when adding new features to the server API and with the UI team to ensure that we deliver the best possible experience for Java developers.

The team is diverse and distributed across the world and collaborates on daily basis over Github, Zoom, and Slack. 

What you will be doing

  • Join the Java APM Agent team alongside one other person on the team.
  • Improve the Java agent for Elastic APM
    • Build new integrations with Java frameworks
    • Improve the current code base
  • The agent is open-source, so the job includes handling community pull requests, issues, etc
  • Collaborate with APM Server and UI teams to ensure the best experience possible for Java developers

What you will bring along

  • 5+ years of professional and in-depth experience with Java, possessing broad knowledge of Java web frameworks
  • Previous experience developing APM products or optimization related code.
    • You have worked on developing an APM product
    • You have developed or contributed to a performance improvement oriented Java library or tooling
  • Experience with a bytecode manipulation framework like Byte Buddy
  • You know and care about writing  performant Java and have traced performance issues yourself.
  • Experience working with Java agents, class loading mechanism, multithreading, zero allocation memory handling, microbenchmarks, profilers, etc.
  • Ability to work independently in a globally distributed team

Additional Information - We Take Care of Our People

As a distributed company, diversity drives our identity. Whether you’re looking to launch a new career or grow an existing one, Elastic is the type of company where you can balance great work with great life. Your age is only a number. It doesn’t matter if you’re just out of college or your children are; we need you for what you can do.

We strive to have parity of benefits across regions and while regulations differ from place to place, we believe taking care of our people is the right thing to do.

  • Competitive pay based on the work you do here and not your previous salary
  • Health coverage for you and your family in many locations
  • Ability to craft your calendar with flexible locations and schedules for many roles
  • Generous number of vacation days each year
  • Double your charitable giving - We match up to $1500 (or local currency equivalent)
  • Up to 40 hours each year to use toward volunteer projects you love
  • Embracing parenthood with minimum of 16 weeks of parental leave

Different people approach problems differently. We need that. Elastic is committed to diversity as well as inclusion. We are an equal opportunity employer and committed to the principles of affirmative action. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, protected veteran status, or disability status or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law, ordinance or regulation. If you require any reasonable accessibility support, please email candidate_accessibility@elastic.co.

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