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Senior Software Engineer - Backend, Data Platform



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Join Coursera's mission to democratize education as a Senior Software Engineer on the Data Platform team during an exciting period of growth and innovation.


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Coursera, a leading online learning platform, is on a mission to provide universal access to world-class learning. Founded by Stanford professors and reaching over 142 million learners, Coursera collaborates with prestigious educational and industrial partners. Dedicated to upskilling and reskilling across various sectors, Coursera is proud to be a B Corp, emphasizing its commitment to social and environmental performance. With a remote-first and diverse global team, Coursera offers a unique chance to influence the future of education and technology.

  • Design and develop scalable data platforms and APIs.
  • Create robust data infrastructure and innovative tools for data development.
  • Work on unifying data development tool stacks and developing new data lake systems.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to ensure technical excellence and promote a data-driven culture.
  • Minimum 5 years of back-end software engineering experience, with at least 1 year in data infrastructure.
  • Proficiency in languages like Java, Scala, Python, and cloud data services.
  • Ability to handle large data sets and streaming technologies.
  • Experience with data systems or data lakes is preferred.
  • Must be able to work effectively in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.

To apply, you need to have the right to work and a compatible timezone with your team. The hiring process is entirely virtual. If you're ready to be part of a foundational team in India and shape the future of an innovative educational platform, Coursera is waiting for you.

Coursera was launched in 2012 by two Stanford Computer Science professors, Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller, with a mission to provide universal access to world-class learning. It is now one of the largest online learning platforms in the world, with 142 million registered learners as of December 31, 2023.

Coursera partners with over 325 leading university and industry partners to offer a broad catalog of content and credentials, including courses, Specializations, Professional Certificates, Guided Projects, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Institutions around the world use Coursera to upskill and reskill their employees, citizens, and students in fields such as data science, technology, and business. Coursera became a B Corp in February 2021.

Join us in our mission to create a world where anyone, anywhere can transform their life through access to education. We're seeking talented individuals who share our passion and drive to revolutionize the way the world learns.

We at Coursera are committed to building a globally diverse team and are thrilled to extend employment opportunities to individuals in any country where we have a legal entity. We require candidates to possess eligible working rights and have a compatible timezone overlap with their team to facilitate seamless collaboration. As a remote-first company, our interviews and onboarding are entirely virtual, providing a smooth and efficient experience for our candidates.

Job Overview:

As a Senior Software Engineer on the Data Platform team, you will join the team’s mission of empowering data workers at Coursera and maximizing their productivity, by providing robust tools, innovative platforms, and a steadfast analytics infrastructure. It is an exciting time to join the team as we are actively developing our new data lake systems, unifying our data development tool stack, and onboarding various functional teams to the new platform.  

You will be responsible for designing and developing our data infrastructure as well as tools that pave the path for data development in our data systems. You will have the opportunity to work on complex technical challenges, and influence the future roadmap, growth and success of Coursera's data-driven culture. You will work closely with a cross functional team of data scientists, machine learning,  and peers from product engineering, data engineering, and SRE. You must be comfortable working in a fast-moving team environment (we deploy many times a day!)  Meanwhile, as Coursera is bootstrapping our new development center in India, this is a unique opportunity to be part of the founding teams, and you will play a significant role in shaping the culture for the location. 


  • Design and implement scalable & robust Data Platforms, APIs, and Systems
  • Write and review technical documentation for the components owned by your team
  • Develop and deploy your high-quality code (in Java, Scala, Python, or similar languages) following industry best practices and track key service level indicators (SLIs)
  • Debug and fix production issues, lead blameless retrospectives, and participate in the on-call rotation to ensure adherence to the service level agreements (SLAs)
  • Collaborate and mentor team members, and contribute to teams' success improving processes

Basic Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of experience working in a relevant backend software engineering role; 1+ years of experience working with data infrastructure or data systems.
  • Proficient in implementing APIs and writing automated tests
  • Expertise in cloud data services, streaming technologies and handling large data sets
  • Prior experience in developing new features and debugging complex issues with minimal supervision
  • Fervent belief in engineering quality and building technical leverage for others
  • Data-driven and strongly motivated by success and learnings through experiments and metrics analysis

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Experience working with data systems or data lake. Experience collaborating with data science and data engineering functions.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced and dynamic environment, and navigate through ambiguity and uncertainty with confidence.
  • Experience collaborating with cross-functional teams to deliver high-quality products or services.
  • Proven track record of delivering results in a resource-constrained environment with limited guidance and supervision.

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Coursera is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and considers all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected class.
If you are an individual with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to complete any part of the application process, please contact us at [email removed - click apply for more details].
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