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Software Engineer for Distributed Systems



Software Engineering
Malmö, Sweden
Posted on Friday, September 22, 2023
About Neo4j:

Neo4j is the world’s leading graph data platform, and is one of the 20 most popular databases in the world, and the leader in the rapidly emerging Graph Database category. We’re building the technology that enables connected data to solve the world’s most pressing problems.

In fact, 75% of the world’s Fortune 100 companies use Neo4j for their mission critical applications. We’re building the technology that enables connected data to solve the world’s most pressing problems, such as helping to cure cancers, address diabetes, and get humans to Mars. We're proud to fight fraud, crush pandemics, and even help journalists uncover the truth.

Find out more at and follow us at @Neo4j.
Our Vision:

At Neo4j, we have always strived to help the world make sense of data.

As business, society and knowledge become increasingly connected, our technology promotes innovation by helping organizations to find and understand data relationships. We created, drive and lead the graph database category, and we’re disrupting how organizations leverage their data to innovate and stay competitive.

The Role:

We are looking for experienced backend engineers to join our team which mainly develops the distributed aspects of the Neo4j database. Building on our fast and open source native graph database, our team delivers critical enterprise features such as high availability, distributed consistency, horizontal scalability and deployment flexibility.

We’re particularly excited to hear from people who have developed and maintained non-trivial distributed systems before; who have experienced some of their pain points and design trade-offs first hand.

Your contributions will be deployed in production environments around the world, vital to the varied and demanding use cases of our customers.

What the work is like:

  • The day-to-day work is quite wide-reaching in the database stack, from low-level (efficient IO systems where every flush and allocation counts) to high (distributed control planes where predictability and stability are vital).
  • We have a development culture focused on taking the time needed to achieve quality and correctness. However, there is plenty of room for pragmatism and fast paced problem solving.
  • Apart from coding features, you’ll also work with support engineers to track down tough bugs, SREs to support our database as a service offering, and with product managers and other teams to design new features.
  • You’ll also spend time learning, thinking and experimenting. Specializing in topics that interest you and helping to grow yourself, the team and the product.

What you'll bring:

  • Ability to work independently within a flexible software development organization
  • Ability to communicate about, and collaborate on, complex topics.
  • Experience of distributed systems through usage, administration or development.
  • Desire to learn modern and high performance Java programming (or prior knowledge).
  • Desire to work as part of a geographically distributed team.

Nice to have:

  • Experience building stateful distributed systems (such as databases, message brokers or stream processing systems)
  • Experience working with distributed orchestration systems, such as Kubernetes.
  • Experience of distributed systems through usage, administration or development.
  • Existing knowledge of Java programming, the Java ecosystem or JVM internals.
  • Experience with working on large code bases.

Summer Vacation Notice: Expect Slower Response Times in Mid-July to Early August
As we approach the summer season, we wanted to inform you about a temporary adjustment in our response times during the mid-July to early August period. In line with the Swedish tradition of extended summer vacations, our team members will be taking time off to relax and recharge. While we strive to maintain our high standards of communication and efficiency, we kindly ask for your understanding during this period, as our response times may be slightly delayed.

Why Join Neo4j?

Neo4j is, without question, the most popular graph database in the world. We have customers in every industry across the globe, and our products are a proven product/market fit. Joining our team is an opportunity to shape the future of data and analytics. Below are just a few exciting facts about Neo4j.

  • Neo4j is one of the fastest scaling technology companies in this industry. Well over $100M ARR and still rapidly growing.
  • Raised biggest round of funding in all of database history ($325M Series F).
  • Backed by world class investors like Google Ventures (GV), Neo4j has raised over $582M in funding and is currently valued at $2Bn. This puts them among the most well-funded database companies in history.
  • 75% of Fortune 100 use Neo4j with more than 800 enterprise customers including Comcast, eBay, Adobe, Lyft, UBS, IBM, Volvo Cars and many more.
  • Emil Eifrem (CEO) has built an amazing culture that prides itself on relationships, inclusiveness, innovation and customer success.
  • Countless awards in the industry. Massive Enterprises and individual developers/ data scientists love Neo4j. Strong sense of community and ecosystem is built around the platform.
  • A recent Forrester Total Economic Impact Study pegged Neo4j as delivering 417% ROI to customers.

We encourage you to apply even if you don’t 100% fit the qualifications above. Why? Because we are committed to building an environment that fosters belonging, which means valuing intellectually honest discussions and being receptive to new ideas and perspectives.

One of our central objectives is to provide an inclusive, diverse, and equitable workplace for everyone to develop their potential and have a positive, career-defining experience.

Neo4j Values:

Neo4j is a Silicon Valley company with a Swedish soul. We foster collaboration and each of us is empowered to contribute and put our innovative stamp on projects. We hire candidates who reflect the following Neo4j core values:

(we)-[:THRIVE_IN]->(:Culture {type: [‘Open’, ‘Inclusive’})
(we)-[:ASSUME]->(:Intent {direction:’Positive’})
(we)-[:WELCOME]->(:Discussions {nature: ‘IntellectuallyHonest’})

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