Principal Database Reliability Engineer

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Principal Database Reliability Engineer

Want to help us bring our fundamental data stores to multiple clouds - public and private?

About the Database Reliability Engineering Team

Cognite’s Cognite Data Fusion contextualizes operational data at scale, enabling asset-intensive industries to make data-driven decisions. Our platform is built on many different technologies, each good at solving different problems. Some of these are absolutely fundamental, and the Database Reliability Engineering team will be responsible for the continuous well-being of our portfolio of PostgreSQL, Elasticsearch and Kafka clusters, some of which we expect to have thousands of in the years to come – in both public and private clouds, through managed services and on self-managed Kubernetes clusters.

Even when using mature as-a-Service offerings and Kubernetes operators, there are many things that can and will go wrong. Herding clusters that need upgrading, upscaling, cost-trimming, and recovery etc., while continuously serving heavy workloads with tight SLOs requires solid reliability engineering.

About our Tech stack:

We work with open source technologies that need to run in multiple cloud environments – both public clouds (like Google Cloud Platform and Azure) and in private clouds with customer provided Kubernetes.

Managed Kubernetes (GKE, AKS, Openshift) forms the base that we build our products on top of. Where possible, we have used PaaS to store state, such as Google Bigtable, Spanner and Pubsub. We replicate data to different storage systems to be able to answer different types of queries, where PostgreSQL and Elasticsearch are important examples.

Our backend developer teams work with Java, Scala, Python, and Rust. CI/CD is handled by a combination of Github, Jenkins, and Spinnaker to test and deploy code to production. The infrastructure is managed as code with Terraform and Atlantis and services are monitored using Prometheus, Grafana and Lightstep.

As we are establishing a team in Database Reliability Engineering we are looking to hire six people. We will need senior as well as principal engineers, who are experts in Postgres and/or Elasticsearch.

About the job to be done:

  • Form Cognite’s DBRE team, owning the full cluster lifecycle of all of our PostgreSQL, Elasticsearch or Kafka clusters. (We plan one sub-team per technology)
  • … on both public clouds and on private Kubernetes deployments.
  • Establish robust reliability engineering to support these clusters, managing aspects like monitoring, chaos testing, alerting, on-call rotations, internal best-practices education, and capacity forecasting.
  • Enable product teams to focus on using the databases, and not on running them – but deeply engage them to make sure the products are operable at scale.

About you

  • A master degree in Computer Science or a similar amount of experience.
  • Broad experience with DevOps practices such as CI/CD and Infrastructure as code
  • Experience with large Cloud deployments on either AWS, GCP, or Azure.
  • Familiar with Python, Go or other programming languages.
  • 3+ years of experience with Elasticsearch or 5+ years of experience with PostgreSQL.
  • Familiarity and experience with our tech stack is beneficial.

What we offer you:

  • An opportunity to make an impact on the industrial future and be part of disruptive and groundbreaking projects
  • Help to relocate to Norway
  • Competitive salary and benefits (including pension plans, insurance, benefits and more)
  • IT equipment and tools to allow you to be productive
  • Coverage of mobile telephone subscription and broadband connection
  • Extended private health services and free yearly health check
  • Free snacks and drinks throughout the day, to keep you running
  • Subsidized lunch at the canteen, with various food options
  • Free staffed gym
  • Social activities (book club, team sports activities - football, boxing, regular Cognite social events)
  • Free Norwegian courses for levels A1 and A2

Equal opportunities

Cognite is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Embracing diversity and inclusion means that all qualified applicants will receive the same level of consideration for employment, training, compensation, and promotion. We are following up on equal assessment in the recruitment process, and that is why we ask for gender when you apply. Answering the question is kindly requested, however, it is not mandatory and it will not affect in any way your application assessment.

Other information:

Application deadline: ASAP

About Cognite:

Cognite AS is a global industrial Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company enabling the full-scale digital transformation of heavy-asset industries. Our core software product, Cognite Data Fusion (CDF), powers companies with contextualized OT/IT data to develop and scale solutions that increase safety, sustainability, efficiency, and drive revenue.

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11801 Domain Blvd., Austin, TX 78758

An Insider's view of Cognite

What's something quirky about your company?

Not working in a black-and-white company – it has to be the best part. It’s not corporate, standardized, there are no limitations on what you can or cannot do, you are free to try on different things.

Indre

Tech Lead, Application Development

What projects are you most excited about?

I'm pumped to liberate our customers' data! They know they need a comprehensive and scalable solution that allows them to accelerate the deployment of their advanced analytics investments. Data liberation with Cognite Data Fusion is a game-changing approach to data pre-processing, model management, and data quality monitoring.

Mark

Senior Director of Customer Success

What is your vision for the company?

Cognite has ambition to become the leading software company in the world, fundamentally changing the way heavy-asset company work. We will do that by helping the companies to put their data to work and improve their profitability and sustainability.

John Markus

CEO & Co-Founder

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