Data Engineer

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Our mission is to democratize opportunity - to make it easy for any student to build a great career, no matter where they go to school, what they're majoring in, or who they know.

Backed by $34m from Spark Capital, Kleiner Perkins, True Ventures and Lightspeed Partners, Handshake has partnered with 450 universities (schools of all sizes and locations, including Stanford, Princeton, UVA, Michigan, Texas, Spelman and Harvey Mudd), and has more than 8 million student profiles and 180,000 companies recruiting on our platform, including 95% of the Fortune 500. Our extensive data on students' interests and historical career outcomes gives Handshake the unique ability to help students imagine, plan and jumpstart their future careers.

Come join our passionate, diverse team at our beautiful offices in the heart of the Mission in San Francisco!

Data at Handshake?

Handshake is building a platform to enable students across the country to build their dream career and data plays a key role in that mission. As the first dedicated Data Engineer on our team you will build out core data infrastructure, iterate with data scientists, and work with app engineers to build pipelines that power user-facing features. If you have a passion for building reliable and scalable data systems, we'd love to talk to you.


  • Building robust, reliable data instrumentation, processing, storage, and analysis systems.
  • Develop and deploy infrastructure that enable data-centric product features.
  • Collaborate with product teams to build pipelines enabling data features.
  • Architect and enforce software engineering best practices such as CI/CD, and QA.


  • You have significant production experience with distributed systems and data infrastructure.
  • You have great written and verbal communication skills.
  • You prefer taking projects from inception to completion, and are outcome oriented.
  • You have 2+ years experience in building applications in a dynamic development environment with data-driven features.
  • You are proud of your craft, and enjoy and value clean code that scales to keep large teams productive.

Example Projects

  • Designing cross-service communication architecture between batch, streaming and user-serving components.
  • Designing release automation for complex data pipelines.
  • Be the go-to engineer for architecting data infrastructure and overall roadmap.
  • Diving deep into search and machine learning infrastructure and algorithms to drive search and recommendations features.
  • Improving data quality to power critical features.
  • Bringing data science to life by bridging data science team with product team.

Technologies you'll work with

Python, Spark, Airflow, Postgres, Elasticsearch, Snowflake, RabbitMQ, Kafka, Ruby-on-Rails

  • Stock: Sizable ownership in a fast-growing company.
  • Family Focus: Parental leave (12 weeks maternity / 4 weeks paternity), and flexibility for families.
  • Time Off: Flexible vacation policy to encourage people to get out and see the world.
  • Healthcare: World-class medical, dental, and vision policies.
  • Goodies: Whatever hardware and software you need to get the job done.
  • Team Fun: Regularly scheduled events, sports, game nights, book clubs.
  • Learning: Learning & Development Opportunities to grow your skills and career.
  • Great team: Working with fun, hard working, nice people who are committed to making a difference!
  • ...And much more!

We value diversity of all kinds, and are committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace where we learn from each other. We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome people of all different backgrounds, experiences, abilities and perspectives.

Handshake Company Values

Students First

Our mission is to democratize access to opportunity and ensure any student can build a great career no matter who they know, where they live or what school they attend. We empathize deeply with our students to increase career opportunities for all.

Focus on Impact

We stay humble and work hard to democratize opportunity for all students. We like to have fun - and we do! - but we’re more focused on making an impact. Yes, of course we have a ping-pong table - it’s just packed away in the closet!

Move Quickly, But Don’t Rush

We believe speed wins, and our operational pace is incredibly fast. Moving quickly while staying aligned requires strategic thought, collaboration, and frequent communication.

Learn. Grow. Repeat.

We embrace a growth mindset, enabling our team to face obstacles with a tenacious desire to turn challenges into opportunities for growth. We are relentlessly curious, working to close the gap between what we currently know and what we need to know to be as effective as possible.

Act with Empathy

We listen closely to understand our users and clients, approach challenges with curiosity, and treat our colleagues and clients with compassion.

Empowered by Diversity

We are building an inclusive & diverse community - both on the Handshake platform and across our team. We believe diverse teams create more thoughtful and innovative solutions and that diverse companies are more successful.

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