Khan Academy is hiring a

Data Engineer

Mountain View, United States

Khan Academy is looking for passionate software developers to help change education – join us on our mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.

We’re fun, quirky people that come from a variety of backgrounds. Our team includes people from Google, Apple, Facebook, Mozilla, Microsoft, Pixar, Fog Creek, and tiny startups. Khan Academy attracts talent from some of the top organizations in the Bay Area; our team includes individuals who attended private universities and community colleges, as well as folks who didn't graduate from college. Together, we’re a small but strong team, deeply invested in your future.

Our Data Engineering team will be growing in the latter half of 2017. If you're looking for a faster timeline, please consider our immediate openings for Software Engineer or Marketing Analyst (Data Scientist)

What you’ll build:

As part of the broader software engineering team, you’ll have the opportunity to work on backend projects as well as user-facing product features alongside frontend and mobile developers. You’ll build functionality that unlocks users’ access to their learning histories and accelerates their learning. You will empower the team with data we need to understand our users’ needs. You will design infrastructure and run A/B tests to experiment with different presentations and pedagogies, enabling a richer learning experience for learners of all ages. Our team has the unique flexibility to work across the stack to bring new functionality directly to the learners who need it.

Examples of things we’ve worked on include:

Our tools:

  • Our team uses a diverse set of tools, including Jupyter notebooks running Python, R Studio, Google BigQuery / Cloud DataFlow, Tableau, and even Excel. On the frontend we use Javascript and React.
  • You do not have to have experience in any one technology but you should be aware of industry trends and be excited to evaluate and learn new technologies.
  • We value simple and reliable solutions over customizability and buzzword compliance - a good solution now is better than an expensive custom, perfect solution in a year.

You need:

  • Excitement about helping Khan Academy bring a free, world-class education to the world.
  • Experience writing code. Students, teachers and internal decision makers need trustworthy data, and that means building stable, reliable and scalable systems that can regularly process terabytes of historical data with minimal errors.
  • Expertise in statistical modeling, machine learning, and/or numerical analysis, so you can spot biases or bad probabilistic inference and look for patterns in the data.
  • Cross-team communication skills. You’ll need to understand the product implications of data transformations or A/B test conversions and be able to convey uncertainties and caveats with the data
  • Empathy for learners around the world. You love learning and are excited about helping others learn to love learning. You’re motivated to learn new things and share what you learn with the world.

We offer the following benefits:

We may be a non-profit, but we reward our team well!

  • The opportunity to improve real lives, solve hard problems, and change the world.
  • Competitive salaries and annual bonuses.
  • Ample paid time off as needed. We’ll support you in maintaining a healthy life-work balance.
  • Delicious catered lunch every day, plus tons of snacks and beverages.
  • An inclusive, excited, and friendly team that trusts you and gives you the freedom to be brilliant.
  • A great location – we’re only 0.5 miles from the Caltrain and downtown Mountain View. We also pay for remote employees to fly out a few times a year, and our San Francisco dwellers are encouraged to work from home a few days a week to save the commute time.
  • Awesome team events and weekly board game nights.
  • Oh, and we offer all those other typical benefits as well: 401(k) + 4% matching & comprehensive insurance including medical, dental, vision, and life.

How to apply:

  • Attach your resume below
  • Address the following prompt in the space provided below: At Khan Academy, we believe that reaching all learners requires an engineering team that is diverse in every respect, and we are looking for individuals who will help us fulfill our mission by adding to the diversity of our team's experiences, perspectives, and mindsets. With that in mind, tell us briefly how your experiences and perspectives— whether personal, professional, academic, or otherwise— could contribute to the diversity of our team.


  • Links to projects (we really like these, but they are not a requirement). We especially like living, breathing projects, demos, or commentaries on your work. Please don’t just send code – show or tell us why you wrote it, what it’s for, what you like about it, how it helps someone, etc. No project is too small if it’s something you care about. If you're feeling especially creative feel free to include a link to a project that you've built on our programming platform. 
  • If you’d like to provide a more traditional cover letter addressing your interest in KA (in addition to the diversity-based response), please feel free to attach that below.

To learn more about our work:

As an organization and as individuals, we are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, gender identity, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, pregnancy, medical conditions, genetic information, disability, or Veteran status. We strongly encourage all candidates to complete the EEOC questions below so that we can continue to monitor our processes and ensure we are creating an environment that allows candidates to feel comfortable and display their best selves across many lines of difference.  

Finally, if you feel under-qualified, remember that we’ve all been there too. Here are some great posts on building up the courage and skills to apply for your dream job, from awesome people who have worked at KA: