Principal Database Engineer

Product – Engineering /
Full-Time /
About Cognite
Embark on a transformative journey with Cognite, a global SaaS forerunner in leveraging data to unravel complex business challenges through our cutting-edge Cognite Data Fusion (CDF) platform. We were awarded the 2022 Technology Innovation Leader for Global Digital Industrial Platforms. In the realm of industrial digitalization, we stand at the forefront, reshaping the future of Oil & Gas, Manufacturing and Energy sectors. As an integral part of the esteemed Aker family, Cognite brings forth a legacy of innovation and excellence. Excitingly, we are set to extend our footprint to the vibrant landscapes of India, which opens the door for you to be part of the expansion from the beginning. Join us in this venture where data meets ingenuity, and together, we forge the path to a smarter, more connected industrial future.

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About Cognite and Cogniters
Cognite is a global leader in industrial software with our Industrial DataOps platform, Cognite Data Fusion®, at the core. We were awarded the 2022 Technology Innovation Leader for Global Digital Industrial Platforms

The Product team is the team responsible for developing Cognite Data Fusion as a robust and scalable platform for solving industrial data problems at Cognite. Cognite’s Cognite Data Fusion makes the operational data available at scale and adds value to the data through data processing. This enables asset-intensive industries to make data-driven decisions. Our platform is built on various technologies, each good at solving various challenges.

To build the best possible product, we believe in autonomous teams with developers, product managers and technical program managers working closely together. You will work with a team of highly skilled engineers and a critical Cognite service for time-series data. Time Series data is central to the industrial data ecosystem and the Cognite Data Fusion platform. At Cognite, we have developed a unique Time Series database that scales to tens of trillions of data points and supports consistent, low-latency analytical queries. We use the latest technologies and work closely with end users to iterate quickly towards better product experiences.

Our approach disrupts norms. This Principal Database Engineer role takes root in our Engineering team, embracing collaborative engagements across Security, Infrastructure, and Engineering while maintaining its core within Engineering. We are committed to building up these skill sets by supporting people with interest in growing their knowledge who have experience or passion in SRE, DevOps, database administration, large-scale system administration, distributed systems or other similar roles at the intersection of operations, human factors and software engineering. If you're drawn to operations, human factors, and the crossroads of engineering, this is your invitation.

Our work environment is exciting, dynamic and intense. You will work with the best domain and industry experts: designers, product managers, backend developers, ML engineers, 3D developers and business leaders. We support one another, ask good questions, and give each other constructive feedback. Our goal is to leverage our diverse set of strengths and backgrounds to build innovative products, to think outside the ordinary, and grind through and nurture a great culture. Fueling our vision is the Product team, driving the evolution of Cognite Data Fusion into a robust platform that redefines industrial data challenges. We're at the forefront of transforming asset-intensive sectors for safety, sustainability, and profitability. Cognite Data Fusion transforms operational data, enabling industries to harness the power of data-driven decisions.

Our Stack and Your Canvas
We work with open-source technologies that need to run in multiple cloud environments – both public clouds (Google Cloud Platform, Azure, and AWS) and private clouds with customer-provided Kubernetes.

Managed Kubernetes (GKE, AKS, EKS, Openshift) forms the base on which we build our products. We build on a self-run Foundation DB based scale-out data store for managing time-series data and use PostgreSQL and Elasticsearch. We replicate data to different storage systems to be able to answer different types of queries. 

Our backend developer teams work with Kotlin, Java, and Python. CI/CD is handled by combining Github, Jenkins, and Spinnaker to test and deploy code to production. The infrastructure is managed as code with Terraform and Atlantis, and services are monitored using Prometheus, Grafana, and Lightstep.

About The Opportunity
As a Principal Database Engineer, you will help with the continuous well-being of our portfolio of Postgres deployments – in both public and private clouds, through managed services and on self-managed Kubernetes clusters.

Even when using mature as-a-Service offerings and Kubernetes operators, there are many things that can and will go wrong. Herding clusters that need upgrading, upscaling, cost-trimming, and recovery etc., while continuously serving heavy workloads with tight SLOs requires solid reliability engineering, and working with service teams to inform requirements and educational needs.

A typical day as a Cogniter will contain the following tasks & responsibilities

    • Help plan, deploy, upgrade, monitor, and troubleshoot our Postgres clusters
    • Work with service and application teams on designing, performance testing, tuning, and optimizing Postgres usage
    • Enable product teams to focus on using the databases well, and not on servicing them, through upskilling relevant database knowledge across the teams

We believe most of these should match you and your experience

    • 5+ years of experience with databases, 2+ years with Postgres
    • You can read query plans and explain how and why the query ends up executing that way to colleagues
    • You have extensive production experience, and some relevant war stories to share
    • A master degree in Computer Science or a similar amount of experience
    • Experience with large Cloud deployments on either AWS, GCP, or Azure
    • Comfortable with Python or similar programming languages to make automations. You don't need strong programming skills, but should be able to make or change simple scripts, integrations and automations.
    • You enjoy sharing knowledge, and can calibrate who needs to know what

    • Don’t meet every single requirement? We are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

A snapshot of our many perks and benefits as a Cogniter

    • Competitive salary and benefits include a pension plan, insurance, parental benefits, and more.
    • Join an organization of 70 different nationalities 🌐 with Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DEI) in focus 🤝
    • A highly modern and fun working environment with sublime culture across the organization, Follow us on Instagram @cognitedata 📷 to know more.
    • Flat structure with direct access to decision-makers, with a minimal amount of bureaucracy
    • Opportunity to work with and learn from some of the best people on some of the most ambitious projects found anywhere, across industries
    • Join our HUB 🗣️ to be part of the conversation directly with Cogniters and our partners.
    • Gain perks like a paid mobile telephone subscription and broadband connection.
    • Get access to extended private health services with Aker Care.
    • Hungry? We’ve got your back. A subsidized lunch at the canteen is delivered by our chefs who specialise in options for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians, salads and hot soups every day.
    • Stay fueled between meals with snacks and drinks on the house. 
    • Our own Cognite exclusive coffee bar ☕ with the friendliest baristas is here to brew coffee for coffee lovers, tea for tea lovers, smoothie for smoothie lovers, and the baristas' creative concoctions when the mood strikes.
    • We take your mental- and physical health seriously by having a broad health offering and a free membership to our fully-staffed gym on-site.
    • A pet lover? Get the chance to meet Spot 🐶!

    • Why choose Cognite? 🏆 🚀
      Join us in making a real and lasting impact in one of the world's most exciting and fastest-growing new software companies. We have repeatedly demonstrated that digital transformation, when anchored on strong DataOps, drives business value and sustainability for clients and allows front-line workers and domain experts to make better decisions every day. We were recognized as one of CNBC's top global enterprise technology startups powering digital transformation! And just recently, Frost & Sullivan named Cognite a Technology Innovation Leader! 🥇 Most recently, Cognite Data Fusion® Achieved Industry First DNV Compliance for Digital Twins 🥇
Apply today!
If you're excited about the opportunity to work at Cognite and make a difference in the tech industry, we encourage you to apply today! We welcome candidates of all backgrounds and identities to join our team.

We encourage you to follow us on Cognite LinkedIn; we post all our openings there.

Cognite is a global industrial SaaS company that was established with one clear vision: to rapidly empower industrial companies with contextualized, trustworthy, and accessible data to help drive the full-scale digital transformation of asset-heavy industries around the world. Our core Industrial DataOps platform, Cognite Data Fusion™, enables industrial data and domain users to collaborate quickly and safely to develop, operationalize, and scale industrial AI solutions and applications to deliver both profitability and sustainability. Visit us at and follow us on Twitter @CogniteData or LinkedIn:

Equal Opportunity
Cognite is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment at work and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive the same level of consideration for employment; everyone we hire will receive the same level of consideration for training, compensation, and promotion. 
We ask for gender as part of our application because we want to ensure equal assessment in the recruitment process. Your answer will help us reach this commitment! However, the question about gender is optional and your choice not to answer will not affect the assessment of your application in any way.