Rust Job: Staff Software Engineer, Data Platform

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Tesla Motors


Palo Alto, CA - United States of America

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Rust Job Details

What to Expect

Data is deeply embedded in the product and engineering culture at Tesla. We rely on data - lots of it - to improve autopilot, to optimize hardware designs, to proactively detect faults, and to optimize load on the electrical grid. We collect data from each of our cars, superchargers, and stationary batteries and use it to make these products better and our customers safer.

We're the small but a core, high-impact team which is building and operating the IoT big data platform for the whole company. We collect massive amounts of IoT data, provide storage, access, and high-volume processing. Our stack is built on top of open source technologies, including Spark, Kafka, and related, and our own build from scratch technology.

We're looking for a talented engineer to join us as a foundational member of the team to deliver new and improved big data services and infrastructure. Your work will affect many hundreds of Tesla engineers daily, as well as improving the functionality of our cars, chargers, batteries, other connected devices worldwide, and enable new data-driven products such as Tesla Insurance.

What You?ll Do

  • Employ and improve industry-leading, scalable, distributed open-source technologies
  • Build back-end systems from scratch that are capable of handling 10s of trillions events per day
  • Facilitate operation of highly-available distributed systems at scale and across multiple locations
  • Facilitate others in deploying, operating, and extending upon your clean, tested code
  • Help define a platform that is highly leveraged, multi-tenant, and self-serviced
  • Work with data engineers and data scientists to drive efficient solutions from the platform
  • Help define the data story and enable data-driven solutions at Tesla, both technically and culturally

What You?ll Bring

  • 5+ years of Software Development Experience
  • Expertise in Java, C++, or Rust
  • Strong programming fundamentals, particularly in data structures, concurrency
  • Deep understanding of a complex distributed system, such as Kafka, Spark, HBase, ElasticSearch
  • Have built and optimized highly available, scalable, distributed back-end services
  • Ability to break down and deeply understand complex problems and communicate complex matters efficiently
  • Strong problem solving skills, optimizing for the simplest, most robust yet practical solutions
  • Reliable, dependable, trustworthy, participating team member
  • Smart but humble, with a bias for action
Nice to Have
  • Proficiency in Python or Scala
  • Experience with cloud infrastructure such as AWS
  • Robust DevOps/SRE abilities

Compensation and Benefits


Along with competitive pay, as a full-time Tesla employee, you are eligible for the following benefits at day 1 of hire:
  • Aetna PPO and HSA plans > 2 medical plan options with $0 payroll deduction
  • Family-building, fertility, adoption and surrogacy benefits
  • Dental (including orthodontic coverage) and vision plans, both have options with a $0 paycheck contribution
  • Company Paid (Health Savings Account) HSA Contribution when enrolled in the High Deductible Aetna medical plan with HSA
  • Healthcare and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • LGBTQ+ care concierge services
  • 401(k) with employer match, Employee Stock Purchase Plans, and other financial benefits
  • Company paid Basic Life, AD&D, short-term and long-term disability insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Sick and Vacation time (Flex time for salary positions), and Paid Holidays
  • Back-up childcare and parenting support resources
  • Voluntary benefits to include: critical illness, hospital indemnity, accident insurance, theft & legal services, and pet insurance
  • Weight Loss and Tobacco Cessation Programs
  • Tesla Babies program
  • Commuter benefits
  • Employee discounts and perks program

    • Expected Compensation

      $104,000 - $348,000/annual salary + cash and stock awards + benefits
      Pay offered may vary depending on multiple individualized factors, including market location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. The total compensation package for this position may also include other elements dependent on the position offered. Details of participation in these benefit plans will be provided if an employee receives an offer of employment.