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Backend Engineer - Airspace Systems

Backend, Engineering in San Francisco, CA

We’re changing the way people think about transportation. Not that long ago we were just an app to request premium black cars in a few metropolitan areas. Now we’re a part of the logistical fabric of more than 600 cities around the world. Whether it’s a ride, a sandwich, or a package, we use technology to give people what they want, when they want it.


For the people who drive with Uber, our app represents a flexible new way to earn money. For cities, we help strengthen local economies, improve access to transportation, and make streets safer.


And that’s just what we’re doing today. We’re thinking about the future, too. With teams working on new modalities, self-driving cars and even urban air transportation, we’re in for the long haul. We’re reimagining how people and things move from one place to the next.


About the Role

The backend engineer will focus on developing systems that power the operation of Uber’s airspace systems for UberAIR (passenger-carrying) aircraft and potentially Drone Delivery operations. The role will be to develop backend services that communicate with a spectrum of real-time and historical data sources, process them and contribute to mission-critical business decisions for airspace operations.


  • What you’ll need

    • Evolve service oriented architectures (microservices) and tackle complex dependency management challenges
    • Ensure resilient operations even when system degrades. Innovate reliable monitoring, deployment and fault detection infrastructure to power the airspace operations.
    • Thorough architecture understanding both on a theoretical level (e.g. RDBMS vs. NoSQL) and on an applied level (e.g. Redis vs. Cassandra, Python vs. JavaScript)
    • Build high performance distributed systems that can scale to 100,000s QPS
    • Bias toward action. You believe that speed and quality aren't mutually exclusive. You've shown good judgment about shipping as fast as possible while ensuring your products and platforms are built in a sustainable, responsible way--and you're comfortable making mistakes, provided you learn from them.
  • Bonus points

    • Experience with large scale data processing, geospatial datasets and services such as maps, GPS traces etc.
    • Experience with frontend or mobile (Android/iOS) development.

About our team

Airspace Systems team is one of the core engineering teams on Uber Elevate — our initiative to fast forward to ridesharing in the sky, i.e. urban aviation. The vision of airspace systems team is to enable safe, reliable, large-scale and efficient airspace operations for Uber Elevate.

In order to accomplish this vision, the team works in coordination with other relevant teams and stakeholders within Elevate (particularly Vehicles, Operations, Design and Data Science), and Uber’s core dispatch, marketplace, and security teams as our systems become operational and integrated.

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