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Principal Engineer, Network Platform Infrastructure

Staff, Engineering
Seattle, Washington |
San Francisco, California

About the team:

Uber is looking for a mature technical leader to lead a team within our Network Platform Infrastructure group. As a Principal within Infrastructure you will have a significant impact on the evolution of Uber's backend teams and architecture. Our mission is to make transportation as reliable as running water, and we need people who are excited to build the dependable foundation that supports that vision.

Principal engineers at Uber have a deep impact across a wide variety of business and technology decisions spanning multiple projects and locations. They are passionate and pragmatic technologists who are able to design scalable systems while delivering efficient code. They are not only collaborative role models, but also approachable leaders with a point of view within a larger group. They are humble teachers, technically mentoring a team of passionate engineers while also delivering uniquely challenging projects.

We are looking for someone with a passion for architecting, building, and scaling highly available, reliable, critical systems that support millions of users every day.

This is a unique opportunity for an experienced engineer who is collaborative, has a healthy sense of curiosity, and acts with the responsibility to join Uber, work with dedicated people across the board and help improve our next generation infrastructure systems, scaling it to the next level.

About the role:

  • Provide technical leadership in designing, implementing, testing, and rolling out the next generations of our infrastructure at Uber.
  • Collaborate with others, from team members within your group, through technologists in other functions like machine learning, AI or data science, to responsible leaders across Uber.
  • Build up strong relationships with people in the organization, meaningfully collaborating and building trust.
  • Be a role model on acting with good judgment and responsibility. Engineers across the organization will look to you on how best to plan and execute on projects.
  • See the big picture and identify strategically important problems, inefficiencies, or opportunities for meaningful improvements. Drive alignment on how to tackle these and deliver high-leverage solutions on these at the group and organization level.
  • Up the bar on sustainable engineering by improving best practices, producing best in class of code, documentation, testing, and monitoring.
  • Be a humble mentor and trusted advisor for both our team members and passionate leaders alike. Deal with a difference in opinions in a mature and fair way, helping teams to commit and move forward.

About you:

  • You have great interpersonal skills, deep technical ability, and a portfolio of successful execution.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to write detailed technical documents.
  • Passionate about helping teams grow by inspiring and mentoring engineers.
  • You can collaborate well with several product engineering teams to articulate requirements and system design.
  • Ability to lead and guide engineering teams.
  • Ability to assess new technologies and make pragmatic choices that help guide us towards a long-term vision.
  • Open, curious, and bold approach to problem-solving and striving for the best solution.
  • Passion for driving continual improvement initiatives on engineering best practices like coding, testing or monitoring.

Minimum qualifications:

PhD or equivalent in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics or related field AND 7-years full-time Software Engineering work experience OR 10-years full-time Software Engineering work experience, WHICH INCLUDES 7-years total technical software engineering experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Programming language (e.g. C, C++, Java, Python, or Go)

Note the 7-years total of specialized software engineering experience may have been gained through education and full-time work experience, additional training, coursework, research, or similar (OR some combination of these). The years of specialized experience are not necessarily in addition to the years of Education & full-time work experience indicated.

Technical skills:


  • Proven record of building and productionizing highly reliable infrastructure at scale.
  • Deep knowledge of gRPC or working experience with gRPC
  • Proficiency in Linux
  • Full-stack infrastructure knowledge

About Uber:

At Uber, we reimagine the way the world moves for the better. The idea was born on a snowy night in Paris in 2008, and ever since then, our DNA of reimagination and reinvention carries on. We've grown into a global platform moving people and things in ever-expanding ways, taking on big problems to help drivers, riders, delivery partners, and eaters make movement happen at the push of a button for everyone, everywhere.

We welcome people from all backgrounds who seek the opportunity to help build a future where everyone and everything can move independently. If you have the curiosity, passion, and collaborative spirit, work with us, and let's move the world forward, together.

Uber is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know by completing this form.

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