Software Engineer II - Distributed Systems, Java, K8 (R8104)


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

We're looking for a Software Engineer to join the Elasticsearch - Analytical Engine team. This expert team of engineers is responsible for building new analytics capabilities in Elasticsearch’s completely new compute engine, and accessed via our new piped query language called ES|QL. This is a software engineering role that covers the implementation of new features, improvements to existing features, and resolving bugs.

What You Will Be Doing

As a full time Elasticsearch contributor, you will contribute to the development of data-intensive enhancements to analytical capabilities in Elasticsearch. You will work closely with other software development engineers and site reliability engineers to ensure solutions are highly available, maintainable, scalable, secure, and meet compliance requirements.

Performance analysis, benchmarking, and optimizations are a huge part of the work we do. We want to know what we can do to make things go as fast as we can in a distributed, scalable way. You'll get to be intimately familiar with this aspect of our work.

Our globally distributed team of expert engineers is focused on the search and query (ES|QL) analytics capabilities of Elasticsearch. This inclusive team collaborates closely with other user experience teams crafting a friendly user interface, and with teams closer to the customer building solutions on top of these APIs (Search, Security, Observability)

Finally, we write idiomatic modern Java -- Elasticsearch is 99.8% Java.

What you bring

  • 3+ years experience as a professional software developer with at least one object-oriented programming language.
  • 3+ years experience contributing to large scale distributed systems.
  • Experience with Docker/containerization and Kubernetes in production environments.
  • Excellent practical judgment. You know how to prioritize, when to collaborate and ask for help, and when to be independent.
  • Measured and articulate written and spoken communication skills. You work well with others and can craft concise and expressive thoughts into correspondence: issues, investigations, documentation and onboarding material.
  • A curiosity about learning new tools, languages, workflows and philosophies that can help you grow. You can function well in an environment that drives towards change.
  • Bonus points if you've built things with Elasticsearch before, and you have experience in the search and information retrieval space and understand the constructs and theory behind it.

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
  • Increase your impact - We match up to $2000 (or local currency equivalent) for financial donations and service
  • 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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