Operations Engineer
CrowdFlower - San Francisco, CA

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About Us:
CrowdFlower is changing the way work gets done. We build a quality control system that distributes work to millions of people around the world, and analyzes the results to guarantee the highest possible accuracy. We're 45 people based in the Mission District of San Francisco, have a ton of plants in the office, and a real business model.

The Job:
As an Operations Engineer, you will be part of a distributed team responsible for the design, development and deployment of the next generation infrastructure for our highly successful crowdsourcing solution. Bring your wealth of experience with systems engineering, EC2, PostgreSQL database scalability, and operations automation and we'll give you a challenge worthy of your skills. We thrive on innovation. Our company is at the forefront of the emerging crowdsourced labor market and we want to see the best ideas you have.
A few things you'll work on as an Operations Engineer

Automating infrastructure - quickly build, deploy and destroy servers for every purpose, from quick testbeds to mission-critical clusters
Scaling our platform – figure out how to most efficiently distribute work across the globe
Debugging runtime problems – trace issues across multiple systems, eliminate them, and measure the results.
Solving complex problems with simple, repeatable solutions
Performance analysis - you should feel comfortable working all the way down the stack, starting with a slow web request and ending with an analysis of network-based disk IO

Must-have:
Excellent system-level thinking – we want you to help design our systems, not just implement specs
Solid command of system automation frameworks and other DevOps concepts
Unix mastery
Prior experience building out and scaling at least one significant production app's infrastructure
Excellent system-level thinking – we want you to help design our systems, not just implement specs.
Interest in and opinions on: configuration management; Build and deploy strategies; Imperative vs. declarative configuration; Trending and reporting systems; System security.

FTW:
A solid open-source portfolio
Experience in one or more programming languages (we primarily use Ruby and Clojure)
Distributed system experience - making a system highly available in the cloud
Crowdsourcing – the name of our game – big ups if you're familiar
Level 3 or higher proficiency in humor

We use the best tools, so let's talk keywords. Show us your experience with:

Chef or Puppet or a roll-your-own automation tools
Amazon Web Services (EC2, S3, EBS, Mechanical Turk – the whole #!)
Debian/Ubuntu package management
Data stores like PostgreSQL, Redis, Mongo, DynamoDB, S3
Web stack components like Unicorn, HAproxy, nginx, ELB
Odds and ends like Resque, Zookeeper, Kafka, Hadoop
Git and distributed revision control system
Continuous integration and deployment tools like Jenkins and Capistrano
Monitoring and logging tools like graphite, rsyslog, logstash, sensu, nagios, etc.

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