Senior Database Reliability Engineer - FoundationDB at Cognite

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

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.

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 FoundationDB, 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. To prove the market we initially built on PaaS offerings 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. As we diversify the platforms our offering runs on, we are migrating to a self-run Foundation DB based scale-out data store for managing time series data. PostgreSQL and Elasticsearch are also 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 two people to work on FoundationDB. We are looking for senior or principal engineers, who either know FoundationDB, or have experience with other high performance distributed databases and an interest and willingness to dive deep and learn.

The FoundationDB Kubernetes Operator is written in Golang, and FoundationDB itself is written in Flow, an Actor system that preprocesses C++ code.

About the job to be done:

  • Join Cognite’s DBRE team as a FoundationDB sub-team, owning the full cluster lifecycle of all of our FoundationDB clusters.
  • … 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 any of AWS, GCP, or Azure.
  • Familiar with C++, Golang or other programming languages.
  • 2+ years of direct FoundationDB operational experience or
    • 6+ years of Linux operations experience.
    • 2+ years working with similar distributed systems
  • 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
  • In depth exposure to FoundationDB, a modern cloud-scale distributed datastore
  • 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

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Location

Our company is located in the Domain with plenty of bars, restaurants, and shopping. Plus, the office is easy to get to with the Capital Metro.

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

What are Cognite Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
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Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Acme Co. hosts company outings Semi-annually.
Stocked Kitchen
Parking
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Acme Co. offers employees professional development opportunities like The ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
Tuition Reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Paid industry certifications
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