Principal Data Engineer

Vancouver, CA, V6C 1W6

Technology Office

Sophos is a worldwide leader in next-generation cybersecurity, protecting more than 500,000 organizations and millions of consumers in more than 150 countries from today’s most advanced cyberthreats. Powered by threat intelligence, AI and machine learning from SophosLabs and SophosAI, Sophos delivers a broad portfolio of advanced products and services to secure users, networks and endpoints against ransomware, malware, exploits, phishing and the wide range of other cyberattacks. Sophos provides a single integrated cloud-based management console, Sophos Central – the centerpiece of an adaptive cybersecurity ecosystem that features a centralized data lake that leverages a rich set of open APIs available to customers, partners, developers, and other cybersecurity vendors. Sophos sells its products and services through reseller partners and managed service providers (MSPs) worldwide. Sophos has major hubs around the globe. More information is available at www.sophos.com

Are you interested in joining a team responsible for researching and developing cybersecurity products that are actively used to protect millions of customers every single day? Are you interested in developing high performance tooling to support data and machine-learning projects that daily processes TBs of new intelligence data? Are you interested in working closely with researchers in helping design next generation machine-learning cloud infrastructure?

We at the Sophos Artificial Intelligence (SAI) group are looking for a Principal Software Engineer to join our team. This position focuses on developing and supporting AWS cloud-based tooling and analytics that is used to research, deploy, and monitor our machine-learning technology.


Sophos AI reports directly to the CTO and is responsible for developing and maintaining all major machine-learning cybersecurity technology currently deployed by Sophos. Our work has been profiled in major academic, industry conferences, and publications. As a member of our fast-growing team, you will become a vital team member responsible for running critical and high-profile systems, with ample room to grow.

Learn more about our work at ai.sophos.com.


Skills and Experience

  • Required: Solid foundation in Computer Science, with a bachelor’s, master’s degree, or Ph.D. in computer science or a related field and solid understanding of data structures and algorithms.
  • Required: Significant hands-on software development experience on large scale data workflows and/or scaling high performance distributed systems.
  • Required: Professionalism. We expect everyone to perform at the highest level and be respectful towards other teammates.
  • Required: Enjoys working independently and learning new technologies and frameworks.
  • Required: Familiarity with AWS or other large cloud providers.
  • Required: Strong knowledge of large-scale analytical engines and ability to design complex SQL queries.
  • Required: Knowledge of fundamental machine learning concepts.
  • Required: Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Preferred: Proficiency in Python.
  • Preferred: Knowledge in cybersecurity.
  • Preferred: Experience with agile methodologies and tools like git and Jira.

What’s Great About Sophos?

  • Our people are what makes Sophos special – we demonstrate shared vision, talent, innovation, and creativity, all of which are accompanied by a great sense of fun and team spirit.
  • Employee-led diversity and inclusion groups that build community within Sophos and provide internal education and advocacy (eg. Sophos Women in Tech group to improve gender parity, encourage gender-balanced leadership, and support career progression at Sophos)
  • Sophos Environment Network and employee challenges to contribute to sustainability and reduce our environmental footprint
  • Annual commitment to charity and fundraising across our global sites and volunteer days for employees to give back to local communities
  • Global trivia competitions to keep our minds sharp
  • Global Mental Health days off work for all Sophos to help employees relax and recharge
  • Monthly employee wellbeing webinars and training to support employee health and wellbeing
  • Employee rewards and thanks, such as our free annual subscription to Masterclass and Calm


Our Commitment To You

We’re proud of the diverse and inclusive environment we have at Sophos, and we’re committed to ensuring equality of opportunity.   We believe that diversity, combined with excellence, builds a better Sophos, so we encourage applicants that can contribute to the diversity of our team.  All applicants will be treated in a fair and equal manner and in accordance with the law regardless of gender, sex, gender reassignment, marital status, race, religion or belief, color, age, military veteran status, disability, pregnancy, maternity or sexual orientation.  We want to give you every opportunity to show us your best self, so if there are any adjustments we could make to the recruitment and selection process to support you, please let us know.


Data Protection

If you choose to explore an opportunity, ansd subsequently share your CV or other personal details with Sophos, these detaild will be held by Sophos for 12 months in accordance with our Privacy Policy and used by our recruitment team to contact you regarding this or other relevant opportunites at Sophos. If you would like Sophos to delete or update your details at any time, please follow the steps set out in the Privacy Policy describing your individual rights. If you have any questions about Sophos' data protection practices, please contact dataprotection@sophos.com.

At Sophos, we want every organization to be protected by innovative, next-generation IT security, even those who don't have a huge IT staff. We protect organizations of all sizes, all around the world by making enterprise-grade security that is simple to deploy, manage, and use. It is our passion, and something we are truly proud of.

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