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Staff Software Engineer, Database Engine



Software Engineering
Palo Alto, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, September 16, 2023

About The Team

Data protection needs for large enterprises are evolving into a varied usage of private/public clouds. While Rubrik has built incredibly successful solutions for both, our technical architecture needs to constantly evolve to fit our customers needs, working seamlessly across public/private clouds. To provide the same magical experience to our customers while maintaining the agility of a startup, we need to converge our solutions to a foundation that can be extended & re-used. This requires continuous rethink across many areas of product and stack.

At the heart of Rubrik’s architecture is an open-source scalable, distributed SQL database. This is a fundamental building block for all infrastructure components (e.g. distributed file system) and applications (e.g. Oracle db backup) in Rubrik’s stack. Because of its central role, the performance, scalability, and availability demands from this component are continually increasing.

In addition, we are rethinking the APIs & interactions of this layer in order to continue building our infra for new and varied use cases for the public & private cloud. Being at the bottom of the stack, this layer (and the team) needs to provide guidance for all software layers above it (e.g., file system, reporting, UI) to transition smoothly.

About the Job

We are looking for a seasoned Staff level software engineer with the strategic vision and execution chops to join the talented database team and guide it through the next level of evolution. You will be working on core parts of the database engine, distributed transaction support, query planning etc. You are expected to come up with step improvements in the system and drive them from start to finish within the dynamic environment of a startup. You will be expected to collaborate with other senior architects to build and drive the technical roadmap for the team and advise all dependent teams as we evolve the stack.

Some of the projects delivered by this team

  • Distributed Time Synchronization Service (
  • Metadata support for Rolling Upgrades (
  • Change Data Capture

You will be in a position to have a very significant impact on Rubrik’s trajectory. The opportunity provides a potent mix of dynamism, startup culture, serious technical challenges and influence across many teams. If all this sounds interesting, please apply.


  • 10+ years of experience
  • Experience in programming languages such as Go, C++, Java, Python
  • Strong experience with large-scale, distributed systems design and development with a good understanding of scaling, consistency and high availability
  • Experience guiding junior engineers in the design and implementation of scalable software solutions
  • Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree in Computer Science or equivalent

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience with kv databases or in-depth exposure to other database technologies will be a huge plus
  • Experience in a distributed storage system including file systems, database storage internals, no-sql storage
  • Good Understanding of distributed consensus frameworks
  • Experience with using open source software in critical areas
The minimum and maximum base salaries for this role are posted below; additionally, the role is eligible for bonus potential, equity and benefits. The range displayed reflects the minimum and maximum target for new hire salaries for the role based on U.S. location. Within the range, the salary offered will be determined by work location and additional factors, including job-related skills, experience, and relevant education or training.
US Pay Range
$202,400$303,600 USD

About Rubrik:

Rubrik, the Zero Trust Data Security Company™, delivers data security and operational resilience for enterprises. Rubrik’s big idea is to provide data security and data protection on a single platform, including Zero Trust Data Protection, Ransomware Investigation, Incident Containment, Sensitive Data Discovery, and Orchestrated Application Recovery. This means your data is ready so you can recover the data you need, and avoid paying a ransom. Because when you secure your data, you secure your applications, and you secure your business.

We are a leader in data security, have been recognized as a Forbes Cloud 100 Company, named as a LinkedIn Top 10 Startup and are proud to have earned Great Place to Work® Certification™. There has never been a more exciting time to join Rubrik, and our future is even brighter. The work you do will help propel our next chapter of growth as you do the best work of your career.

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Rubrik's goal is to hire and promote the best person for the job, no matter their background. In doing so, Rubrik is committed to correcting systemic processes and cultural norms that have prevented equal representation. This means we review our current efforts with the intent to offer fair hiring, promotion, and compensation opportunities to people from historically underrepresented communities, and strive to create a company culture where all employees feel they can bring their authentic selves to work and be successful.

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  • Our Communities: Expand our commitment to diversity, equity, & inclusion within and beyond our company walls to invest in future generations of underrepresented talent and bring innovation to our clients.

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