Principal Software Engineer Search & Indexing (DevOps) (PST Remote OK)

Engineering San Jose, California San Francisco, California Denver, Colorado Seattle, Washington Phoenix, United States Portland, Oregon Sacramento, California Los Angeles, CA, California San Diego, California Irvine, California Oakland, California Boulder, Colorado Albuquerque, New Mexico

Join us as we pursue our exciting new vision to make machine data accessible, usable and valuable to everyone. We are a company filled with people who are passionate about our product and seek to deliver the best experience for our customers. At Splunk, we’re committed to our work, customers, having fun and most importantly to each other’s success. Learn more about Splunk careers and how you can become a part of our journey!

We are seeking a passionate engineer to join our group, Data Platform. Our team designs distributed systems to collect and analyze high volumes of machine-generated data at scale. Our engineers own the features including rolling them out to the cloud fleet following a true devops cycle. We are proud of owning what we build even after it's deployed to production. We ensure code hygiene, use open source libraries, employ continuous integration and delivery, and have a strong belief in automated testing at multiple levels (unit, integration, system). We are uniquely positioned as a globally distributed team with team members in a variety of locations.


  • Extensive experience in developing and solving problems with multi-threaded server applications written in C/C++ or Go-lang on Linux
  • Familiarity with cloud operations and automations including experience with puppet and terraform
  • You enjoy building and running distributed systems at scale in production. You understand the challenges and trade-offs to be made when building and deploying systems to production.Prior experience with Cloud services, like EC2, S3, RDS, SQS is a plus.
  • Highly skilled in identifying performance bottlenecks, identifying anomalous system behavior, and resolving root cause of service issues.
  • Strong debugging and solving skills including the use of associated tools
  • Experience working on highly scalable systems involving network communications and associated protocols e.g. REST, TCP/IP, HTTP
  • You have a strong foundation in backend systems, storage, filesystem, memory, multi threading is a plus.
  • Mentored junior engineers in their development skills via code reviews and design discussions.
  • You have 12+ years of professional software engineering and architecture experience.
  • You have a BS, MS or PhD in Computer Science or related engineering discipline.


  • Develop, maintain and rollout server-side applications for data collection, indexing, clustering and other distributed systems to Splunk Cloud.
  • Analyze, identify and resolve the bottlenecks of distributed systems, data pipeline, multi-threaded coherency and other complicated scenarios.
  • Engage in design and code reviews of the product, and improve your knowledge of customers’ experiences to prevent future problems
  • Offer thought leadership on how to make code maintainable and the product diagnosable and serviceable
  • Participate in rotating on-call duties to diagnose and tackle customer issues.

We value diversity at our company. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or any other applicable legally protected characteristics in the location in which the candidate is applying.

For job positions in San Francisco, CA, and other locations where required, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

(Colorado only*) Minimum base salary of $135,000.00. You may also be eligible for incentive pay + equity + benefits.*Note: Disclosure per sb19-085 (8-5-201 et seq).

Thank you for your interest in Splunk!