Observability - APM - Sr. Software Engineer (Node.js) (R5880)


At Elastic, we see endless possibility in a world of endless data. And we use the power of search to help people and organizations turn that possibility into results. Elastic is the leading platform for search-powered solutions. With solutions in Enterprise Search, Observability, and Security, we help improve customer and employee search experiences, keep critical applications running smoothly, and protect against cyber threats. Elastic enables organizations worldwide to use the power of Elastic, including Netflix, Uber, BBC, Microsoft, and thousands of others.

Elastic was built on a foundation of being free and open, which trickles down to how we work. We’re a distributed organization and have been from the beginning. Being distributed isn’t just a way of doing business—it’s a mentality that is at the core of our culture.

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, Logs, and Uptime 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 Node.js 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 Node.js developers instrument, debug, and monitor Node.js 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 and the Open Telemetry community. Specifically you will be responsible for developing code that integrates with several Node.js frameworks and libraries.

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 Node.js developers.

As Open Telemetry gains popularity, you will also work with its community to help drive specification development and find integration points with the Elastic APM product.

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

What you will be working on
  • Join the Node.js APM Agent team
  • Improve the Node.js agent for Elastic APM
    • Develop new features and improve the current code base
    • Explore, evaluate and implement new monitoring approaches
    • Build new integrations with Node.js frameworks and libraries
    • Ensure high quality and good agent performance
    • Work on agent integrations with open standards (e.g. OpenTelemetry)
  • Work with broader APM Agents team on new cross-agent features, specs and alignment
  • The agent is open-source, so the job includes handling community pull requests, issues and discussion forums requests
  • Collaborate with the APM Server and UI teams to ensure the best experience possible for Node.js developers
What you will bring along
  • 5+ years of professional backend Node.js experience
  • Experience working with Node.js internals
  • Knowledge of Node.js web frameworks and ecosystem
  • Ability to diagnose and tackle performance issues
  • Experience with developing libraries (packages) for Node.js
  • Ability to work independently in a globally distributed team
Bonus Skills
  • Previous experience developing APM products
  • Experience or knowledge in OpenTelemetry
  • Experience and/or interest in the wider JavaScript ecosystem

Please note that this is a remote role. We will happily accept applications from candidates based in: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Israel, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden.

We welcome individuals with disabilities and strive to create an accessible and inclusive experience for all individuals. To request an accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please email candidate_accessibility@elastic.co We will reply to your request within 24 business hours of submission.

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 donations 1:1 up to $1500 USD (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 an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law, ordinance or regulation.

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