Software Engineer, Database Sources

  • Airbyte
  • San Francisco, CA, USA
  • 10 May, 2024

Job Description

Airbyte is the open-source standard for EL(T). We enable data teams to replicate data from applications, APIs, and databases to data warehouses, lakes, and other destinations. We believe only an open-source approach can solve the problem of data integration, as it enables us to cover the long tail of integrations while enabling teams to adapt pre-built connectors to their needs.
So far, we've built over 350 connectors and have had 35,000+ companies replicating data with us. We've raised $181M from some of the world's top investors (Benchmark, Accel, Altimeter, Coatue, Y Combinator, etc.) and believe in product-led growth, where we build something awesome and let our product bring the users, rather than an outbound sales engine with cold calls.
Airbyte is remote friendly, with most of the team still based in Silicon Valley. We’re fully transparent as a company. Our company handbookcore valuesmethodologystrategy and roadmap are open to all.
If you find this role exciting, we encourage you to apply even if you think you don’t meet all requirements.


As an Engineer on the Database Sources team, you will push forward Airbyte’s mission-critical connectors that extract customer data from databases and data warehouses. Building these connectors will require you to go deep into each database and understand its approach to optimized queries, write-ahead logging and information schema management. You will use that learning to efficiently pull data from these databases as well as build Change Data Capture (CDC). You will build the framework for extracting data from these systems. The ultimate goal is make Airbyte's database sources the undisputed industry leaders.

You will be responsible for defining the framework for how Airbyte interacts with and extracts data from all databases and data warehouses.  You will ensure that we can support all data (different types, size, encodings, etc) in ways that empower our users. You will also make sure we leverage database-specific features to make Airbyte best-in-class for each source that we support.  Finally, you will help to build the tools to empower our community to create and extend databases on their own.

We have positions open at multiple levels for this role. The “What You'll Need” section describes the minimum level that we have open. We have positions that will challenge a seasoned engineer at any level.

What You'll Do

  • Drive step function improvements in warehouse connectors performance & reliability
  • Build leverage: a week-long task this year should take ten minutes next year
  • Pioneer the creation of new patterns, tools, and frameworks for building database and data warehouse connectors
  • Build core technologies to manage a fleet of high-volume of data connectors.
  • Help shape the Database Sources team roadmap
  • You have an insatiable desire to ship.
  • Improve engineering processes and documentation
  • Write high-leverage code
  • Mentor junior engineers

What You'll Need

  • Expert knowledge of multiple databases (e.g. Postgres, MySQL, SQL Server)
  • Advanced SQL skills
  • Experience in profiling and optimizing high performance applications
  • 6+ years of software engineering experience. 
  • 2+ years of Java experience
  • Ability to influence without authority and work with engineers junior and senior
  • A passion for continuous learning and improvement (both at a personal and team level)
  • Belief in our values


  • San Francisco. Hybrid, twice per week. 
We provide
  • Flexible work environment - we don’t look at when you log in, log out or how much time you work. We look at your output and we trust you; it’s the only way remote can actually work. 
  • Unlimited Paid Time Off - we need you at your best at all times. Our expected minimum time off of 25 PTO days per year lets you schedule your work around your life.
  • Co-working space - most of our team enjoys the WFH life but if you prefer to work from a co-working space, we will cover the full monthly cost.
  • Relocation - should you be applying to a San Francisco based role, Airbyte will assist with U.S. relocation to make this a seamless transition and compensate you well.
  • Parental leave (for both parents) - we offer 16 weeks of paid parental leave for all new parents so you have time to adjust to the new life (and work) schedule introduced by your new bundle of joy.
  • Sponsored Travel - we are a fully distributed, 100% remote-first team, however, we recognize the value of in-person time. We sponsor annual company-wide retreats, team offsites, and Travel With Purpose in between to allow you to collaborate with your team in person on a regular basis.
  • Open book policy - we will pay for books you purchase for your professional and career development. 
  • Continuous learning/training policy - we sponsor you for the conferences and training programs you feel would add to your development in the company. 
  • Competitive benefits package for US-based employees, including:
  • Blue Shield or Kaiser Medical Insurance 
  • Airbyte covers 100% for both employees and dependents
  • Dental (including child & adult ortho) & Vision Insurance
  • Airbyte covers 100% for both employees and dependents
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Airbyte covers 100% for employees
  • Short-term Disability Insurance 
  • Airbyte covers 100% for employees 
  • Long-term Disability Insurance
  • Airbyte covers 100% for employees
  • Healthcare insurance stipend for those outside the US whose countries do not provide it for free.
  • Mental Health Support for all team members provided via Spill.
  • 401k for US-based employees.
  • FSA (flexible spending account)
  • Work Visas We currently sponsor H1B Transfers, TN Visas, and Green Cards. All other Visa requests will be discussed on a case by case basis to determine if we can sponsor.
Salary for this job- $211,000- $250,000 +  a generous equity package, and benefits listed above for US Market. For countries outside of the US we offer benefits and localized salaries based on your region or area.
Airbyte is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, familial status, domestic violence victim status, veteran or military status, or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state or local laws. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. 
Airbyte is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities in our job application procedures. Please let us know if you need assistance or accommodation due to a disability.