Software Engineer for Google (Irvine, CA)

Location: Irvine

Team: Software

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This position is based in Irvine, CA. There are related positions available in Mountain View, CA (global HQ); San Bruno, CA; San Francisco, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Boulder, CO; Chicago, IL; Cambridge, MA; New York, NY; Pittsburgh, PA; and Seattle/Kirkland, WA. Relocation assistance is available.

The area: Software Engineering

Google’s software engineers develop the next-generation technologies for which we’ve become world-renowned. In addition to revolutionizing search technology, we use our world-class programming skills to innovate in a number of other areas as well. Our projects include working on advanced information-retrieval algorithms, massive scalability and storage solutions, and large-scale applications that enrich the user experience. We also work extensively on networking systems, advertising systems and complex transaction systems in consumer applications.

The role: Software Engineer

As a Software Engineer, you have a penchant for solving complex and interesting problems. Google is much more than search, and our mission has much greater scope. To handle information at the scale of the web requires ideas from just about every area of computer science, including information retrieval, artificial intelligence, natural language processing, distributed computing, large-scale system design, networking, security, data compression, user interface design, etc.

You will work on many projects that carry varying responsibilities. Below are some examples of the diverse projects with which you might be involved.


  • Write server-side code for web-based applications, create robust high-volume production applications, and develop prototypes quickly.
  • Build our platforms, systems and networking infrastructure using your strong background in distributed systems, OS/kernel, network system design, and large scale storage systems.
  • Build internal systems used by thousands of Googlers around the world with your domain expertise in HR, Staffing, Legal, and all other corporate functions.
  • Specialist domains: UI development with AJAX and similar technologies, client application development for Windows/Mac (Chrome, Toolbar, etc.), embedded systems and mobile apps (Android), developer tools (IDEs, large-scale build systems, compilers), internationalization.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS degree in Computer Science or related field (In lieu of degree, 4 years relevant work experience).
  • 8 years of relevant work experience, including large systems software design and development experience, with extensive knowledge of Unix/Linux.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MS or PhD degree in Computer Science or related field.
  • 10 years relevant work experience, including programming experience in C/C++ and/or Java with strong OO skills.
  • A solid foundation in computer science, with strong competencies in data structures, algorithms, and software design.
  • Coding skills in Python or Javascript/AJAX, database design and SQL, and/or knowledge of TCP/IP and network programming.
  • Native fluency in multiple languages.

The Big Picture


Located in the heart of Southern California and in one of the most desirable cities in the United States, Google Irvine is on the leading edge of many of Google’s most innovative projects.

Location: Irvine


Develop the next-generation technologies that change how millions interact.

Team: Software

Software Engineer

Location: Irvine

Team: Software

Apply now

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