MySQL Architect/DBA
Wikia - San Francisco, CA

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Like our wikis and communities, Wikia is passionate, high-energy and collaborative. You’ll have the opportunity to shape company, technology and product directions. We offer the opportunity to have an impact on an exciting product used by tens of millions of people while working with a fun, multicultural team. Wikia was founded in 2004 by Jimmy Wales and Angela Beesley, and is headquartered in a brightly colored SOMA office in San Francisco, CA..

The Position

Wikia is looking for smart, quick and highly motivated mySQL expert to join the Dev-Ops team in our growing and profitable company. In this role, you will be part of the team scaling Wikia’s industry leading platform. We are globally distributed, fanatical about performance and growing quickly.


You must be technical and hands-on enough to contribute to the technical direction and leadership of the company. Recent hands-on development experience is preferred. Coding is not a significant part of this role but you should be willing and able to pitch in if needed.

  • Extensive experience working with and tuning mySQL.
  • Strong Linux experience (Debian/Ubuntu preferred).
  • Must have a passion for automation and doing it right the first time.
  • Database troubleshooting and performance tuning skills.
  • Strong knowledge of LAMP stack.
  • Good networking skills.
  • Experience in scripting in one or more of the following languages: Perl, Bash, Python or Ruby.
  • B.S. in Computer Science or equivalent experience.
We don’t expect you to have all of the following, but the more the better:

  • Managing and tuning large scale MySQL databases numbering in the 1000's.
  • Experience in data center infrastructure consisting of hundreds of servers/nodes.
  • Experience with Chef or Puppet.
  • Experience in monitoring systems such as Nagios, Zabbix, Cacti, Ganglia, OpenNMS or similar.
  • Strong background in troubleshooting a complex dynamic web environment.
  • Working knowledge of PHP.
  • Experience in a start-up environment experiencing rapid growth.
  • Experience in Gaming, Social Media and Entertainment industries a plus.
  • MediaWiki experiences is a big plus!
Principals only. Agency and recruiter resumes will be considered unsolicited resumes that are not subject to placement fees.

Job Location(s)

San Francisco, CA, US