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Principal Software Engineer


This is a Full-time position in New York, NY posted June 9, 2021.

Materialize is the streaming SQL database company that makes it easy for any developer or analyst to understand streaming data, answer complex questions and build intelligent applications using standard technology.

Whether it’s delivering personalized experiences, accurately identifying fraud, building predictive AI, or discovering new business opportunities, the ability to run complex queries on multiple streams of data and keep their answers up to date is critical to making better decisions about the changing world around us.

Who We Are:

The Materialize team includes engineers who were early employees of Cockroach Labs, Datadog, Dropbox, Pure Storage and YouTube.

Our work builds on top of Timely Dataflow and Differential Dataflow, both created by our co-founder Frank McSherry, a world-leading computer scientist with decades of award-winning research in all aspects of data.


Kleiner Perkins and Lightspeed Venture Partners.

Additional investors include executives from Cockroach Labs, Datadog, and Rubrik.

We are looking for Principal Engineering Generalists with extensive experience leading technical architecture and who are proficient in Rust, C++, Java, or functional programming languages.

It’s vital to also have experience working with large data sets, distributed systems, and backend development, as well as an interest in developing software in Rust.

Materialize is deployed on top of streaming message queues, like Kafka, and allows users to specify arbitrary SQL views on top of their queues and query those views instantly.

Stream processing software like Kafka has greatly improved the end-to-end latency of moving messages around in real time, but today there’s no good solution for making use of that data easily.

Materialize brings the user-facing simplicity of SQL views
– for arbitrary SQL queries, not just some SQL-inspired minimal language
– to the streaming data ecosystem.

You Will:
Provide technical leadership for engineers with supportive but candid feedback in code reviews and architecture documents.

Get core technology projects on the company roadmap.

Drive cross-team decisions to advance the tech stack and improve development velocity, quality, performance, and security.

Participate in build vs buy decisions.

Participate in technical design, project planning and lead development of critical projects.

You Should Have:
Strong working knowledge of computer science fundamentals, equivalent to a B.S., M.S., or Ph.D in Computer Science.

Timely and Differential Dataflow are built upon years of academic and industrial research, and you’ll need to become familiar with the research areas.

Comfort with writing substantial new code and modifying existing, mature code.

Experience writing high-performance systems is a plus.

Track record of learning new technologies and concepts quickly.

Ability to work both autonomously and collaboratively, as needed.

Strong written and verbal communications skills.  Working at Materialize
* 100% covered health insurance for you and all your dependents

* 401k

* 4 weeks of vacation

* Competitive equity package

We understand it takes a diverse team of highly intelligent, passionate, curious, and creative people to develop the exceptional product we are building.

Our dynamic team has incredible perspectives to share, just as we know you do, and we take great pride in being an equal opportunity employer.