Senior Software Engineer, Cell Engineering


Palo Alto, CA, USA

Full time


Mar 4

What to Expect

Tesla’s Cell Data Team owns the database pipeline and databases that store battery test data in addition to the web applications to view that data, start battery tests, and plan groups of tests. Our applications support hundreds of global users; our pipeline supports test labs across the world and dozens of different data streams. We are comprised of data and software engineers working closely with the test engineers who generate the source data and end users who rely on our applications; therefore, team members have autonomy to define the vision for their products. 


As a member of the Cell Data Team, you will help architect and deploy the API and database layers for an application to store battery materials and processing information. The application will extend to integrate this information with our existing battery test data and simulation work. Keeping a tight loop between materials and performance will accelerate our ability to optimize battery design, drive down battery cost, and accelerate the transition to sustainable energy. 

What You’ll Do

  • Determine the data layer technology for databasing cell materials and design the schemas 
  • Design the permissions model for who can view the data 
  • Work with stakeholders from across Tesla to align on needs, the minimum viable product, and future iterations of the product 
  • Help build the API layer to interact with the database in a way that’s maintainable and extensible 
  • Provide mentorship and code review to junior engineers 
  • Construct the roadmap for the application across front end, API, and database layers, list out the major components and delegate simpler programming tasks to junior engineers 
  • Construct robust testing, logging, and monitoring to ensure the service is working as expected 
  • Design metrics around the performance of the app 

What You’ll Bring

  • Previous professional experience with outstanding results outside of academia and internships
  • Proficiency with Python 
  • Proficiency with relational databases 
  • Expertise in schema design and backend engineering 
  • Previous experience in coordinating a multi-engineer project from inception to delivery
  • BS/MS in Computer Science or related area with strong software engineering experience
  • Experience with unit tests, integration tests, and end to end tests 
  • Experience in front end development, especially React, is a plus 
  • Experience with logging frameworks such as Splunk and Sentry are a plus
  • Experience with containerization technologies such as Docker is a plus 

Compensation and Benefits


Along with competitive pay, as a full-time Tesla employee, you are eligible for the following benefits at day 1 of hire:

  • Aetna PPO and HSA plans > 2 medical plan options with $0 payroll deduction
  • Family-building, fertility, adoption and surrogacy benefits
  • Dental (including orthodontic coverage) and vision plans, both have options with a $0 paycheck contribution
  • Company Paid (Health Savings Account) HSA Contribution when enrolled in the High Deductible Aetna medical plan with HSA
  • Healthcare and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • LGBTQ+ care concierge services
  • 401(k) with employer match, Employee Stock Purchase Plans, and other financial benefits
  • Company paid Basic Life, AD&D, short-term and long-term disability insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Sick and Vacation time (Flex time for salary positions), and Paid Holidays
  • Back-up childcare and parenting support resources
  • Voluntary benefits to include: critical illness, hospital indemnity, accident insurance, theft & legal services, and pet insurance
  • Weight Loss and Tobacco Cessation Programs
  • Tesla Babies program
  • Commuter benefits
  • Employee discounts and perks program

Expected Compensation

$104,000 - $348,000/annual salary + cash and stock awards + benefits

Pay offered may vary depending on multiple individualized factors, including market location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. The total compensation package for this position may also include other elements dependent on the position offered. Details of participation in these benefit plans will be provided if an employee receives an offer of employment.

Tesla is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity or any other factor protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

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