Lead Data Engineer, epocrates - Data Systems



Data Science
Austin, TX, USA
Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Join us as we work to create a thriving ecosystem that delivers accessible, high-quality, and sustainable healthcare for all.

Position Summary

As a developer in the Data Systems team, you will be a technical contributor for our data pipeline and data warehousing stack for our product analytics, reporting and machine learning platforms. You will write reactive, non-blocking, responsive and scalable event data ingestion services for real-time streaming events, with Apache Kafka backbone. You will maintain and enhance data ETL/ELT pipelines for our existing data lake/data warehousing solution. You will create integrations with multiple vendors to bring data into our ecosystem. You will write high-quality, maintainable, testable, readable code and help your team to do the same. You will work with your team to estimate, plan, and deliver work via two-week sprints. You will take ownership of what your team builds and develop domain expertise. You will look for ways to automate and optimize processes to improve productivity across the team. You will build scalable and secure applications that health care providers trust every day.

Job Responsibilities

  • Write high quality code that is reliable, performant, maintainable, testable, and readable
  • Participate in code reviews. Perform peer code reviews to ensure quality standards. Understand and follow coding conventions, architectures, and best practices
  • Introduce software design patterns into the codebase as required
  • Design data structures, services and data warehouses to balance current requirements with future expandability.
  • Proactively propose new technologies that will benefit the software product
  • Participate in Agile planning and Scrum ceremonies
  • Work collaboratively on a cross-functional team with a wide range of experience levels


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • Experience in SQL relational database technologies like Oracle or Postgres
  • Experience in data ELT/ETL using orchestration tools such as Informatica or Apache Airflow.
  • Streaming application development experience. Experience in producing, handling, and scaling robust messaging services using Apache Kafka and/or Amazon MSK
  • Experience with cloud-based data warehouse platforms like Snowflake
  • Experience with strategies and tools around Data Governance and Data Lineage
  • 6-8 years of experience building scalable back-end APIs using Java
  • Experience with RESTful API design, implementation, basic documentation, and testing
  • Building, deploying, testing, and maintaining services on Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Hands-on exposure in these technologies would be great to have

  • Snowflake or similar database technology
  • Informatica IICS, Apache Airflow or similar ETL tools
  • Reactive, non-blocking frameworks like Spring WebFlux
  • Microservices architecture using Docker
  • Automated building, deploying, testing, and maintaining services in public cloud using tools like Jenkins, CloudFormation, etc.
  • TypeScript and React development is a plus.

About athenahealth

Here’s our vision: To create a thriving ecosystem that delivers accessible, high-quality, and sustainable healthcare for all.

What’s unique about our locations?
From an historic, 19th century arsenal to a converted, landmark power plant, all of athenahealth’s offices were carefully chosen to represent our innovative spirit and promote the most positive and productive work environment for our teams. Our 10 offices across the United States and India — plus numerous remote employees — all work to modernize the healthcare experience, together.

Our company culture might be our best feature.
We don't take ourselves too seriously. But our work? That’s another story. athenahealth develops and implements products and services that support US healthcare: It’s our chance to create healthier futures for ourselves, for our family and friends, for everyone.

Our vibrant and talented employees — or athenistas, as we call ourselves — spark the innovation and passion needed to accomplish our goal. We continue to expand our workforce with amazing people who bring diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives at every level, and foster an environment where every athenista feels comfortable bringing their best selves to work.

Our size makes a difference, too: We are small enough that your individual contributions will stand out — but large enough to grow your career with our resources and established business stability.

Giving back is integral to our culture. Our athenaGives platform strives to support food security, expand access to high-quality healthcare for all, and support STEM education to develop providers and technologists who will provide access to high-quality healthcare for all in the future. As part of the evolution of athenahealth’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, we’ve selected nonprofit partners that align with our purpose and let us foster long-term partnerships for charitable giving, employee volunteerism, insight sharing, collaboration, and cross-team engagement.

What can we do for you?
Along with health and financial benefits, athenistas enjoy perks specific to each location, including commuter support, employee assistance programs, tuition assistance, employee resource groups, and collaborative workspaces — some offices even welcome dogs.

In addition to our traditional benefits and perks, we sponsor events throughout the year, including book clubs, external speakers, and hackathons. And we provide athenistas with a company culture based on learning, the support of an engaged team, and an inclusive environment where all employees are valued.

We also encourage a better work-life balance for athenistas with our flexibility. While we know in-office collaboration is critical to our vision, we recognize that not all work needs to be done within an office environment, full-time. With consistent communication and digital collaboration tools, athenahealth enables employees to find a balance that feels fulfilling and productive for each individual situation.

athenahealth is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity—that’s why we recruit and hire applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or any other factor prohibited by law. We’re happy to provide a reasonable accommodation, for those with a disability, to complete any part of the application process. If you are unable to access or use this online application process and need an alternative method for applying, please contact us at taoperations@athenahealth.com for assistance.