Senior Backend Engineer (Python/Kotlin)



Software Engineering
Oslo, Norway
Posted on Monday, December 11, 2023
About Cognite
Embark on a transformative journey with Cognite, a global SaaS forerunner in leveraging data to unravel complex business challenges through our cutting-edge Cognite Data Fusion (CDF) platform. We were awarded the 2022 Technology Innovation Leader for Global Digital Industrial Platforms. In the realm of industrial digitalization, we stand at the forefront, reshaping the future of Oil & Gas, Manufacturing and Energy sectors. As an integral part of the esteemed Aker family, Cognite brings forth a legacy of innovation and excellence. Excitingly, we are set to extend our footprint to the vibrant landscapes of India, which opens the door for you to be part of the expansion from the beginning. Join us in this venture where data meets ingenuity, and together, we forge the path to a smarter, more connected industrial future.
About Cognite and Cogniters
Cognite is a global leader in industrial software with our Industrial DataOps platform, Cognite Data Fusion®, at the core. We were awarded the 2022 Technology Innovation Leader for Global Digital Industrial Platforms.
The Product team is the team responsible for developing Cognite Data Fusion as a robust and scalable platform for solving industrial data problems at Cognite. The industrial data problem is at the heart of transforming asset-intensive industries to be safer, more sustainable and more profitable. Cognite’s Cognite Data Fusion makes the operational data available at scale and adds value to the data through data processing. This enables asset-intensive industries to make data-driven decisions. Our platform is built on many different technologies, each good at solving various challenges.
To build the best possible product, we believe in autonomous teams with developers, designers and product managers working closely together. Our teams are working on building the next-generation industrial data platform and applications across many different industries, such as Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, and Power & Utility. This includes enabling all types of workflows, including analytics, to assist in making better decisions. We are a good mix of engineers, products, and design. What we have in common is that we care deeply about the user experience and create products that users really want to use.
Our work environment is exciting, dynamic and intense. You will work with the best domain and industry experts: designers, product managers, backend developers, ML engineers, 3D developers and business leaders. We support one another, ask good questions, and give each other constructive feedback. Our goal is to leverage our diverse set of strengths and backgrounds to build innovative products, to think outside the ordinary, and grind through and nurture a great culture.
Our Stack and Your Canvas
Our backend developer teams work with Kotlin, Java, and Python. CI/CD is handled by combining Github, Jenkins, and Spinnaker to test and deploy code to production. The infrastructure is managed as code with Terraform and Atlantis, and services are monitored using Prometheus, Grafana, and Lightstep.
So now we are looking for two new Senior Backend Engineers to join our team.
We work with open-source technologies that need to run in multiple cloud environments – both public clouds (Google Cloud Platform, Azure, and AWS) and private clouds with customer-provided Kubernetes.
Managed Kubernetes (GKE, AKS, EKS, Openshift) forms the base on which we build our products. We harness PostgreSQL and Elasticsearch for graph data storage, query processing and retrieval. We replicate data to different storage systems to be able to answer different types of queries.

A typical day as a Cogniter will contain the following tasks & responsibilities

  • Develop Cognite Data Fusion - a robust, state-of-the-art SaaS for industrial data.
  • Solve concrete industrial data problems by designing and implementing delightful APIs and robust services with Python, Kotlin and PostgreSQL.
  • Build graph database technology to power our industrial knowledge graph, realizing Cognite’s vision of a safer and more efficient industrial future.
  • Work with application teams to ensure a delightful user experience that helps the user solve complex real-world problems that have yet to be solved before.
  • Build scalable and performant solutions with open-source technology and Cognite’s data infrastructure.
  • Collaborate in a fast-paced environment involving different stakeholders and subject matter experts.
  • Be actively involved in setting product and technical direction.
  • Be actively involved in product and technical decisions.

We believe most of these should match you and your experience

  • Solid experience with building complex backend services using Python and/or JVM-based languages and runtimes
  • Good understanding of modern database technologies, particularly PostgreSQL
  • Passion for graph processing, databases, performance engineering, or distributed systems
  • Broad experience with DevOps practices such as CI/CD and Infrastructure as code
  • Experience with large Cloud deployments on any of AWS, GCP, or Azure; build, test, deploy, and monitor software in a multi-cloud Kubernetes environment.
  • Strong troubleshooting and problem-solving skills; ability to track down information in logs, traces, and metrics and take appropriate action based on findings
  • Solid understanding of monitoring tools such as Prometheus and Grafana
  • Comfortable working with Open Source community - request features, fix issues
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • Don’t meet every single requirement? We are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

Perks and benefits at Cognite

  • Competitive salary and benefits, including a pension plan, insurance, parental benefits, and much more.
  • Join an organization of 70 different nationalities 🌐 with Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DEI) in focus 🤝
  • A highly modern and fun working environment with sublime culture across the organization, follow us on Instagram @cognitedata 📷 to know more
  • Flat structure with direct access to decision-makers, with minimal amount of bureaucracy
  • Opportunity to work with and learn from some of the best people on some of the most ambitious projects found anywhere, across industries
  • Join our HUB 🗣️ to be part of the conversation directly with Cogniters and our partners.
  • Gain perks like a paid mobile telephone subscription and broadband connection.
  • Get access to extended private health services with Aker Care.
  • Hungry? We’ve got your back. A subsidized lunch at the canteen is delivered by our chefs who specialize in options for both vegetarians and non-vegetarian, salads and hot soups every day
  • Stay fueled between meals with snacks and drinks on the house.
  • Our own Cognite exclusive coffee bar ☕ with the friendliest baristas is here to brew coffee for coffee lovers, tea for tea lovers, smoothie for smoothie lovers, and the baristas creative concoctions when the mood strikes.
  • We take your mental- and physical health seriously by having a broad health offering and a free membership to our fully-staffed gym on-site.
  • A pet lover? Get the chance to meet Spot🐶!
Want to join our journey? If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Recruiter Oda Danielsen at or Anders Morken, Engineering Manager Starbase at
Cognite is a global industrial SaaS company that was established with one clear vision: to rapidly empower industrial companies with contextualized, trustworthy, and accessible data to help drive the full-scale digital transformation of asset-heavy industries around the world. Our core Industrial DataOps platform, Cognite Data Fusion™, enables industrial data and domain users to collaborate quickly and safely to develop, operationalize, and scale industrial AI solutions and applications to deliver both profitability and sustainability. Visit us at and follow us on Twitter @CogniteData or LinkedIn:
Equal Opportunity
Cognite is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment at work and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive the same level of consideration for employment; everyone we hire will receive the same level of consideration for training, compensation, and promotion.
We ask for gender as part of our application because we want to ensure equal assessment in the recruitment process. Your answer will help us reach this commitment! However, the question about gender is optional and your choice not to answer will not affect the assessment of your application in any way.