Elasticsearch - Senior or Principal Java Engineer - Distributed Systems Team

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Elastic is a search company built on a free and open heritage. Anyone can use Elastic products and solutions to get started quickly and frictionlessly. Elastic offers three solutions for enterprise search, observability, and security, 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 Cisco, eBay, 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 and is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol ESTC. Learn more at elastic.co.

Right now, we are on the lookout for a Principal Java Engineer to join our Elasticsearch - Distributed Systems team and focus on how Elasticsearch provides scale, performance, and resilience. This team maintains the components of Elasticsearch that manage concurrency, global state management, and resource allocation from a distributed systems perspective. You can be based (pretty much) anywhere in the world.


What you will be doing

  • Enhancing Elasticsearch’s components that support concurrent and consistent indexing across multiple machines.
  • Maintaining our cluster coordination system to keep performance high even though nodes come and go from the cluster and data moves around, while maintaining the safety and liveness properties of the system as a whole.
  • Pushing the limits on the number of shards, nodes, and petabytes that Elasticsearch can handle today
  • Look into all kinds of issues, including performance or concurrency issues, and propose solutions.
  • Supporting our support engineers with the harder problems.

What you will bring along

  • A strong background in distributed systems and consensus algorithms
  • You have strong skills in core Java and are conversant in the standard library of data structures and concurrency constructs, as well as newer features like lambdas.
  • You have a deep technical proficiency in algorithms
  • You have proven your ability to understand and work on complex, highly distributed systems.
  • You are able to take on projects and guide them from beginning to end. This covers both technical design and working with other engineers to develop needed components.
  • You demonstrate the ability to build and debug features with a broad impact on a product and that run on multiple machines.

Bonus points for knowledge of:

  • Data stores
  • Search, analytics, Lucene
  • Strong knowledge of the JDK
  • Asynchronous event-driven network frameworks such as Netty

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 complete our Candidate Accessibility Request Form.

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