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Data Engineer

ZeroTier, Inc.

ZeroTier, Inc.

Software Engineering, Data Science
Posted on Tuesday, April 25, 2023
ZeroTier is a successful startup backed by leading venture capital investors including Bonfire Ventures, Anorak Ventures and First In Capital. Our mission is to directly connect the world’s devices and enable a new era of decentralized computing. We’re gearing up for the next generation of the ZeroTier platform, and we’re looking for a data engineer who can apply strong software development skills, a solid understanding of traditional self-managed database servers and modern cloud-native alternatives, and a deep curiosity in answering important data-driven questions about our services, customers, and systems.
In this role, you'll help build data pipelines, design data warehousing and archival systems, and document the provenance, semantics, and precision of our critical data. You'll report to the Head of Engineering, and work directly with our engineering and go-to-market teams to define, build, and deploy new data pipelines and products.
Our software is installed on millions of devices all over the world, but we collect only as much information as we need to provide services. Our privacy-first approach to data collection means that we need to be smart and creative in our use of what we retain to run the business.
We're particularly interested in candidates who have designed batch and interactive reporting tools, implemented and supported them, and helped to design and operate the data stores underlying them.
Currently, our critical data lives in PostgreSQL, Google BigQuery, and a handful of external APIs (notably Stripe and Matomo). Experience with those tools is strongly preferred, but we also need to address larger-scale event and log analysis. Success in this role will also mean driving the design and implementation of those solutions.
We strive to maintain control of our architecture, uptime, and costs, which means a general familiarity with Linux and cloud systems administration, networking, and troubleshooting are all important to us. We strive to understand the full lifecycle of the systems you design and deploy, not just operate them as opaque boxes that fall to someone else to understand and support.
While this is a remote role located anywhere in the continental United States, preference will be shown to qualified candidates in or near ZeroTier’s operating hubs in Ohio, Oregon and Southern California. We encourage you to apply for this position if you feel you are a match, regardless of location.


  • Design and maintain data storage and query tools for user, business, and system metrics
  • Develop and maintain a data catalog capturing the sources, provenance, and accuracy of our existing data sources
  • Implement ETL pipelines for business and application data
  • Support our existing key data infrastructure, including our deployments of PostgreSQL and Google BigQuery


  • 3-5 years (or more) developing data processing and reporting tools using SQL and user-facing dashboard, analytics, or visualization frontends
  • 2+ years building data systems that adhere to best practices in data privacy (anonymization, aggregation) and regulation (PCI, GDPR)
  • Hands-on experience with Linux and/or cloud networking, including TCP/IP, HTTP, firewalls, and SSL/TLS (or similar security protocols)


  • BA/BS in a technical (CS, math, physical sciences, statistics) or analysis-heavy (economics, business, quantitative social science) field, or equivalent experience
  • Substantial experience with SQL and relational databases, including query optimization, batch processing, and access control
  • Demonstrated proficiency with software development with Python, R, or another high-level language
  • Strong technical writing/documentation skills, particularly for non-engineering audiences
  • Understanding of modern software development practices, including source control, code review, and automated testing
  • Experience with hosted/managed database platforms such as Google Cloud SQL and Amazon RDS


  • Hybrid office / remote work
  • Equity compensation package
  • Generous employer-paid health insurance, including preventative dental care for adults
  • 401K Plan
  • Flexible PTO policy
  • Flexible work hours (subject to manager approval)
  • Maternal and paternal leave
  • Career Enhancement Funds
  • Employee Referral Bonus
ZeroTier develops software that automatically handles the complexities of networking across physical network boundaries, dealing with mobility and unifying cloud & edge to free customers from spending time building their projects and focus on running their business. Our network virtualization technology delivers the power of enterprise software-defined networking to every device, service, and application whether it’s located at the edge or in the cloud. It’s capable enough for large businesses with complex networking needs but easy enough that tens of thousands of regular people use it to do simple things like play games online or connect to their home PC from their mobile device. We work to solve the hard technical problems underlying decentralized application development so you can deliver applications that offer a positive low-friction user experience while avoiding the cost, liability, and security/privacy impact of a large highly involved cloud presence.
ZeroTier was founded by Adam Ierymenko in 2015. The company’s network virtualization software is used by millions of users all over the world.
For more information about us please visit our website at www.zerotier.com
PLEASE NOTE: Individuals seeking employment at ZeroTier are considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation. Direct applicants ONLY. Any recruiter/3rd party submissions we receive will be considered a gift. Written CV’s and Cover Letters are encouraged. No calls please.