Who we are

Our mission at Sourcegraph is to make it so that everyone can code, not just ~0.1% of the population. We help developers and companies with billions of lines of code create the software you use every day. In enabling more people to code, we believe we will create economic opportunity across the world and will drive progress that benefits everyone.

It’s an exciting time to join Sourcegraph. Our company is growing rapidly: we’ve experienced 4x year-over-year revenue growth and our $125M Series D from Andreessen Horowitz and $50M Series C from Sequoia have given us the opportunity to make big ambitious bets on our future. We have a huge market (every company that builds software) and massive opportunity (most developers haven't even heard of code search yet, but once you've used it, you can't live without it--just like Google web search). By continuing to hire exceptional people, we have the opportunity to make Sourcegraph one of the biggest technology companies in the world. 

A small, enthusiastic team with exceptional user demand

The code insights team is looking for an experienced engineer to build scalable distributed systems with us, and an interest in delivering time-series-based insights about source code across hundreds of thousands of repositories. Together with your teammates, you will play a role in building out the backend architecture for an entirely new product area that is fully user-validated and heavily requested by our customers. Code insights is the first feature in Sourcegraph that provides high-level information about code, building atop all Sourcegraph’s other features and even external data sources.
We’re building an autonomous, international, full-stack team.
The code insights team is building at the forefront of developer knowledge and code analysis using lean, user-focused methods – and everything we’ve built so far makes both our customers and our coworkers react with delight and surprise.

Why this job is exciting

  • You will have a large, immediate impact on the shape and direction of code insights.
  • Despite its early stage, code insights is a heavily requested and fully user-validated feature: multiple Fortune-1000 companies have specifically requested early access to try working prototypes.
  • Extremely interesting challenges and opportunities in making code insights scalable to hundreds of thousands of repositories, while also making it more powerful with filter capabilities, actionable insights, custom data sources – and much more.
  • In addition to serving all of Sourcegraph's existing developer users, code insights is the first feature we're building to serve engineering and product leaders at the director-or-above-level.
  • Sourcegraph's users all have deeply technical backgrounds, meaning we can focus on the innovation and power of code insights rather than get caught up in product education.
  • Immediately upon joining, your contributions will make their way to developers and engineering directors who love Sourcegraph and the idea of code insights, giving you an exciting and direct feedback loop on your work.
  • Code insights will shape how all the top engineering-first companies build, organize, and evaluate themselves.

About you

  • You have practice at creating high quality software balanced with a pragmatic understanding of how to make appropriate tradeoffs (e.g. cut scope) to ship quickly and iterate when necessary, as well as taking the time to do things right when appropriate.
  • You communicate clearly and empathetically, especially in writing and documentation.
  • You share our values, and work in accordance with those values.
  • You have a desire to make distributed systems observable (logging, metrics, tracing, etc.) and ensure they are scalable (load tests, etc.)
  • You have an interest in learning about time-series databases and the challenges of high cardinality data.


  • Work closely with your frontend and backend teammates, our Product Manager and Product Designer to implement a scalable, performant backend for code insights using Go.
  • Actively shape the direction and participate in the planning of the features we're going to build, e.g. by writing and reviewing RFCs.
  • Collaborate with frontend engineers, and sometimes with our customers, to define the ideal APIs needed to deliver on the desired user experience.
  • Collaborate with other product teams like search, code intelligence and campaigns to figure out integration points with other Sourcegraph features.


  • Desire to learn or existing understanding of Go fundamentals (e.g., dealing with concurrency, error handling, testing).
  • Skilled at designing, building, testing (e.g., unit, integration, end-to-end), and debugging high performance distributed systems.
  • Good knowledge of Git in particular or other version control systems more generally.
  • Experience using SQL or PostgreSQL specifically.
  • Experience in designing APIs to be consumed by Single Page Applications collaboratively with frontend engineers or as a full-stack engineer.


  • Experience with GraphQL.
  • Experience with time-series databases.
  • Experience writing high performance Go code and benchmarks.
  • Contributions to open source projects.
  • Published blog posts and/or tech talks about your work.
  • Experience working on small high-performing teams, preferably tech startups.
  • Developer platform/tool industry experience.
  • Experience in backends for the space of data visualization, dashboards, analytics or similar.
  • Interest in measuring code and engineering best practices.

Interview Process

  • You apply here.
  • Felix (your manager) reviews all the information you provided on your application to determine if you meet our qualifications for this role (if there is another open role we think you would be better qualified for, we will let you know).
  • [30m] A Recruiter sets up a 30 minute call to learn more about what you are looking for, tell you about Sourcegraph, and answer any questions that you have.
  • [45m] Past experience, suitability for the role - Your Manager (Felixwill tell you more about the available role, answer any questions you have, ask you about your past work experience, accomplishments and assess your suitability for the role and alignment with our values.
  • We schedule the "in-depth interview stage" across multiple days:
    • [60m] Working session: Two backend engineers (Coury and Kelli) will pair with you to write a command-line application that performs a simple task. The focus here is on the collaboration with your future teammates. You may use the language of your choice, use your own development environment, and look up documentation on the internet.
    • [60m] Cross-team collaboration: The product Manager of our team (Joel) and the product Designer of our team (Alicja) will talk with you about how you work and communicate in a team setting, cross-functionally, and how you handle tricky situations.
    • [30 min] Values Interview: Participate in a values interview, where you talk with two teammates outside of the department for which you’re interviewing about our values and how your past experiences and perspectives align with them.
    • [30m] Leadership interview - Director of Engineering (Yink).
  • We check your references.
  • We make you a job offer.

Not sure if this is you?

We want a diverse, global team, with a broad range of experience and perspectives. If this job sounds great, but you’re not sure if you qualify, apply anyway! We carefully consider every application, and will either move forward with you, find another team that might be a better fit, keep in touch for future opportunities, or thank you for your time.

Learn more about us

To create a product that serves the needs of all developers, we are building a diverse all-remote team that is distributed across the world. Sourcegraph is an equal opportunity workplace; we welcome people from all backgrounds and communities. 

We provide competitive compensation and practical benefits to keep you happy and healthy so that you can do your best work.  

Learn more about what it is like to work at Sourcegraph by reading our handbook.

We want to ensure Sourcegraph is an environment that suits your working style and empowers you to do your best work, so we are eager to answer any questions that you have about us at any point in the interview process.

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