Principal Software Engineer - TiDB SQL Data & Service

Remote San Francisco, CA
USD 260k - 260k
SQL Rust Java AWS Azure GCP Swift Go C++ R
Join us as we scale our business in NA/EMEA by building on our tremendous success around the world. The massive database market is going to double over the next few years (the IDC estimates it to be $119B+ by 2025) and PingCAP is a global player positioned as a major disruptor with TiDB Database and Database as a Service offering.  TiDB is an open-source, cloud-native, distributed SQL database for elastic scale and real-time analytics. Large and high-growth organizations in markets as varied as financial services, logistics, gaming, e-commerce and software as a service have successfully deployed and expanded their TiDB footprint on mission-critical applications. Our strong open-source community roots (32,000 stars on GitHub), innovative products and inclusive culture draw passionate and dedicated people to our company. Learn more about PingCAP careers and join our team to be at the forefront of innovation and growth.

About TiDB SQL Data & Service:

The TiDB SQL Data&Service team builds TiDB kernel features that relate to including TiDB meta, DDL, distributed framework, Data migration, import/export, etc. The team works together with the storage kernel team, cloud infra, and ecosystem team to build global database services that help our customers succeed. The main focuses and missions of this team include building cloud-native oriented, distributed tasks execution and computing capabilities of TiDB Cloud. Providing stable, efficient, elastic query performance and service. Supporting diverse user data processing scenarios and satisfying user’s needs on usability (ease-of-use), business stability, continuity, high performance, and scalability.


  • Design and develop features for TiDB SQL Data & Service.
  • Demonstrate expertise in data dictionary, DDL, data migration, and data import/export design and implementation details.
  • Proficient in the development and deployment of cloud infrastructure.
  • Drive and uphold code quality, and actively participate in necessary kernel model refactoring.
  • Conduct in-depth problem diagnosis, ensure swift troubleshooting, and address defects effectively.
  • Stay abreast of the latest technologies and industry trends to contribute to continuous improvement.
  • Provide mentorship to junior team members.


  • Bachelor's degree or higher in computer science or possesses equivalent experience.
  • Hands-on experience in writing production code using languages such as Go, C++, Rust, Java, etc.
  • Substantial R&D experience in database kernel or distributed systems.
  • Additional merit for R&D experience with major cloud RDBMS on platforms like AWS, Azure, and GCP.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in both written and verbal communication, with a collaborative mindset.
  • Bonus points for experience in data processing, including DDL, meta, DM, and import/export data operations.
  • Bonus qualifications include experience with the architecture design of RDBMS kernels and exposure to AI4DB or DB4AI.
We encourage people from underrepresented groups to apply. Come advance with us! In keeping with our values, no employee or applicant will face discrimination/harassment based on: race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, age, gender, marital domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, or veteran status. PingCAP also strives to prevent other, subtler forms of inappropriate behavior (e.g., stereotyping) from ever gaining a foothold in our organization. Whether blatant or hidden, barriers to success have no place at PIngCAP.
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