Database Administrator
Pandora - Oakland, CA

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We have terrific opportunities in Database Administration for innovative, inspired problem solvers who are enthusiastic about scaling Pandora's storage platforms to support our rapidly expanding community of listeners. With the right skills and experience you will be managing Pandora's 24x7 terabyte scale Postgres clusters. You’ll get the chance to take on complex and interesting problems as part of a fast-paced, highly collaborative team.

We've built a complex cluster around PostgreSQL for scalability and high availability. It's imperative that you approach administration with an emphasis on repeatability, testability and consistency. The demands on this system are increasing rapidly as we grow the userbase and add more functionality. We're looking for individuals who can help us continue to scale our queries, our systems and our hardware to meet our growing needs. We're also looking for someone who has a deep understanding of hardware architecture and understands how to tune database systems appropriately based on a particular architecture. You will be expected to come up to speed quickly on difficult problems, become a significant contributor to a hard-working team, and to take pride in your work.


A deep understanding of database systems and the factors that affect distributed system performance-strong preference for folks with PostgreSQL experience

Minimum 5 years experience developing and administering database infrastructure for mission critical applications.

Strong SQL skills and deep experience writing stored procedures.

Experience maintaining large databases( >1TB)

Experience developing stored procedures (PL/pgSQL)

Experience supporting redundant systems with 24X7 availability requirement

A deep understanding of database design principals

Thorough knowledge of current hardware systems, RAID and disk subsystems commonly used in fault tolerant production environments + Ability to proactively identify, troubleshoot and resolve live database systems issues

Strong scripting and automation skills (Shell, Python, etc)

BS or better in Computer Science or a related field.

Hadoop or other NoSQL administration experience a plus

Core Technologies




Database Administration



Distributed Systems