Software Engineer - Graph Infrastructure

| Greater Boston Area
At Kensho, we hire talented people and give them the autonomy and support needed to build amazing technology and products. To do this, we look for people who insist on a bias towards action to minimize unhelpful hierarchy and process. We collaborate using our teammates' diverse perspectives to solve hard problems. Our communication with one another is open, honest and efficient. We dedicate time and resources to explore new ideas and, as a result, we produce technology that is scalable, robust, and useful.
A Graph Infrastructure Engineer at Kensho is passionate about applying cutting-edge database and distributed systems ideas to solve real-world data problems. As an engineer on the team, you will contribute to expanding the capabilities of the Kensho Knowledge Graph – a large graph database that captures the complex situations and relationships present in the world, and answers complex graph queries in milliseconds. We firmly believe in giving back to the community, so you will also contribute to the open-source projects that our projects rely on.
Projects worked on by our Graph Infrastructure Engineers:
- Open-source, optimizing GraphQL-to-database-queries compiler (blog post)
- Topological query scheduler for the OrientDB open-source graph database (pull request)
- Fault-tolerant distributed worker system that syncs data in the graph with our many data sources
Kensho is on a mission to clarify complex data through scientific, statistical, analytical, computational and inspired study. By transforming the data, we are able to bring transparency to some of the most important issues on the planet. You will be joining a lean, tight-knit startup working with a team of veterans from Google, Twitter, and Facebook, as well as academia.

What You’ll Do:

  • Build out a large-scale graph database with a rich ontology
  • Contribute to our open-source optimizing GraphQL compiler
  • Implement and apply static analysis for early detection of bugs and security issues
  • Design flexible caching, load-balancing and query execution infrastructure with an eye toward scalability and performance

What We Look For:

  • At least one core expertise, such as experience working with distributed systems, databases or compilers
  • Strong understanding of algorithms and data structures
  • Attention to detail and thoroughness, including documentation and testing
  • Desire to build a strong, collaborative engineering culture as a code reviewer, mentor and teammate

How to Really Get Our Attention:

  • Major contributor on the backend or infrastructure teams of a top company
  • Open-source project contributions showing innovation and initiative
  • 2+ years of experience with large-scale computer systems or graph databases
  • Participation and awards at math or programming olympiads (e.g. IMO or IOI)
  • Relevant research or publications

Technologies We Like:

  • Python, GraphQL, PostgreSQL, Redis, OrientDB, gRPC, Prometheus

Perks:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance with 100% premium covered
  • Unlimited vacation days
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • 401(k) plan with employer match
  • Free snacks and drinks
  • Dog-friendly office
  • Cardio machines and weights in the office
  • Hubway (bike sharing program) membership

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.
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Location

Kensho is located in the heart of Harvard Square within walking distance to shops, restaurants, bars and public transportation.

An Insider's view of Kensho Technologies

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Kensho has a super friendly office vibe. People are genuinely happy to work here and it shows. I recently joined Kensho and as a "newbie" I have never felt more welcome at a company in my life. People go out of their way to talk to you, sit with you at lunch and get to know you. It's an amazing place!

Jaclyn Hallion

Talent Acquisition Director

What are Kensho Technologies Perks + Benefits

Kensho Technologies Benefits Overview

Kensho provides an extremely comprehensive and generous benefits package to employees. Unlimited time off, 100% benefits premiums paid for, paid parental leave and 401k match just to name a few. Kensho wants the best for its employees and the benefits package reflects that 10 fold.

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Kensho pays 100% of premiums and with the only cost to employees being deductibles and co-pays.
Vision Benefits
Kensho pays 100% of premiums and with the only cost to employees being deductibles and co-pays.
Health Insurance Benefits
Kensho pays 100% of premiums and with the only cost to employees being deductibles and co-pays.
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Kensho offers 12 weeks paid parental leave.
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Kensho provides weekly lunch on Thursdays.
Happy Hours
Kensho provides weekly happy hours on Friday afternoons.
Pet Friendly
Kensho employees can bring their dogs to work on the second floor.
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Diversity Program
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