Site Reliability Engineer

Cockroach Labs

  • Location
    • New York
  • Date Posted
  • 23 Mar 2020
  • Function
  • Tech Ops
  • Sector
  • Data, Open Source

Databases are the beating heart of every business in the world.

Cockroach Labs is the team behind CockroachDB, an open source, distributed SQL database. We aim to build infrastructure that keeps pace with the world, so developers can focus on what matters most: building the best products. Join us on our mission to Make Data Easy. Are you ready to aim high and build to last?

About the Role

CockroachDB provides the backbone of storing data on a global scale. The Site Reliability Engineer is responsible for managing the infrastructure for our cloud service offering. You will oversee our production system, ensuring that our services span several cloud providers as part of our hosted offering. You will also spend roughly half of your time doing greenfield development work, with an emphasis on tool development and driving automation.

You Will

  • Manage the infrastructure for cloud services, including running internal production systems and hosting CockroachDB for our external customers.
  • Design, write and deliver software and systems to increase product reliability and organizational efficiency.
  • Develop custom tools as necessary.
  • Keep a complex system running and solve problems relating to mission-critical services.
  • Design, implement, operate, and troubleshoot the automation and monitoring of production clusters to maximize performance and availability.
  • Drive the company through disaster recovery tests, where we manually turn down pieces of CockroachDB to test it's overall resilience to failures.
  • Participate in a weekly on-call rotation for our production systems and hosted services.

The Expectations

In your first 30 days, you will take over the operation of our existing internal and customer-facing production systems. Working with product and engineering, you will assess our production operations and build out runbooks for the operation of different systems. We believe that it's essential for you to take this first month to become familiar with our technology and our company.

After 3 months, you'll be fully integrated into the team. You will take full ownership for reliability, automation, and other issues related to CockroachDB's stability. You will identify new opportunities for automating processes, streamlining delivery, deploying new core functionality, and building great tools. You will help make CockroachDB more friendly by bringing your expertise to our database.

You Have

  • Expertise in analyzing, monitoring, and troubleshooting large-scale distributed systems.
  • Experience in software development using one or more of the following Go, C, C++, Python, Java
  • Proficiency working with algorithms, data structures, and production troubleshooting.
  • Expertise in working with major cloud providers like AWS, Azure, GCP, etc. and Cloud APIs.
  • Debugged and optimized code and to automate routine tasks.
  • Working knowledge of web and network protocols and standards (HTTP, TLS, DNS, etc.)
  • Previous on-call experience, with a sense of urgency.

The Team

  • You will have the opportunity to report to a member of our engineering leadership team based on the project you work on at Cockroach Labs.
  • Isaac Wong - VP of Engineering

Isaac is responsible for the health of the engineering organization at Cockroach Labs. He partners closely with teams to ensure we have a balanced culture that promotes quality and innovation in pursuit of our goals. Before joining Cockroach Labs Isaac was in life sciences for 16 years with Medidata Solutions where he had a front row seat on the exciting ride from a 30 person startup to more than 2000 people worldwide. But the lure of distributed, resilient, and consistent SQL databases, along with the amazing technology and culture at Cockroach Labs proved too much. When not working he likes to draw, play the piano, and search NYC for cannoli's with his wife and kids.