Pocket Worlds

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Senior Data Engineer

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About the role

About Pocket Worlds

Our mission is to make the metaverse a reality and our vision is a decentralized virtual world built and owned by its citizens.

We have been working towards this mission for a decade. We are the creators of Highrise, the first virtual world on mobile, which has seen extraordinary growth over the last few years and now boasts over 20 million users across iOS and Android. Every day, the citizens of Highrise come together to hangout, explore, create, collect, and trade digital assets in our metaverse, and this has all flourished despite the constraints of Web 2.0.

This was only the first chapter in our story, and we are on the precipice of making history once again with Web3 and Highrise World.

About This Role

In this role as the first Data Engineer on the Pocket World’s Data Science team, your primary responsibility will be to partner with key stakeholders, data scientists and software engineers to support and enable the continued growth critical to Pocket Worlds.

You will be responsible for creating the technology and data architecture that moves and translates data used to inform our most critical strategic and real-time decisions. You will also help translate business needs into requirements and identify efficiency opportunities. In addition to extracting and transforming data, you will be expected to use your expertise to build extensible data models, provide meaningful recommendations and actionable strategies to partnering data scientist for performance enhancements and development of best practices, including streamlining of data sources and related programmatic initiatives. The ideal candidate will have a passion for working in white space and creating impact from the ground up in a fast-paced environment. 

As Senior Data Engineer, you will...

  • Create and maintain a data engineering pipeline.
  • Build jobs and tools to provide actionable insights into key metrics.
  • Debug discrepancy issues that come up in the ETL like misaligned metrics with external partners.
  • Integrating data from multiple sources across the internal and external ecosystem.
  • Work closely with the engineering, product, and marketing team to strive for greater functionality in our data systems.
  • Be responsible for data quality assurance.

To be successful in this role, we'd expect you to…

  • Have at least 4 years of experience building and optimizing data pipelines, architectures and data sets.
  • Have strong SQL skills.
  • Have experience with AWS cloud services including Redshift, EC2.
  • Have experience with big data tools: Hadoop, Spark, Kafka, etc.
  • Be experienced in relational SQL and NoSQL databases, including Redshift, Postgres, Redis, and MySQL.
  • Be able to work well in a remote development environment.
  • Be highly communicative and go out of your way to contribute to the team and help others,
  • Bonus point for previous experience working with gaming, ad tech or publishing data sets is considered an asset.


Our goal is to define the future of the metaverse with the product we build, and to grow from tens of millions to billions of users in the process.

Join us on this journey and together we will build something incredible.

Why you should join Pocket Worlds


Pocket Worlds is a metaverse company that focuses on the power of social gameplay to connect people. We build deep, rich worlds that are social by design and last for decades. Our first world, Highrise, is a creative virtual world where people make avatars, express themselves, and create deep friendships along the way. Over 10 million people have already joined the world of Highrise, and it's growing faster every day.

We're a completely remote company with a diverse set of employees spanning 16 different countries. We are connected by a singular mission of building amazing games that bring our players together, and we live by our values, which you can read here.

Join our world class team who've shipped amazing products for Apple, Google, Electronic Arts, Zeptolab, Nanobit, and other top gaming companies.

Pocket Worlds
Team Size:70
Location:Austin, TX
Anton Bernstein
Anton Bernstein
Jimmy Xu
Jimmy Xu