Database Administrator
SEOmoz - Seattle, WA

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So glad you decided to check out SEOmoz! We are looking to hire an addition to our production engineering team, and if you have experience working with production code and are able to learn fast, this could be a great place for you!

If you love doing the following things, you may be a great candidate for our Production Engineering team:

You are able to quickly grasp enough of the big picture to dive straight into the details

You really care about code and enjoying digging into existing projects, learning them, fixing them and then moving on.

You are passionate about customers and delivering high quality products and services

You can learn anything quickly

You like moving between tasks and codebases, and solving tough weird problems is your thing

About the company

SEOmoz is a rapidly-growing, profitable technology startup. That said, we dream big--we aim to provide companies with the best, most advanced ways to measure and improve their organic web marketing (i.e. any traffic source you don’t pay for - SEO, social, blogs, viral videos, etc.).

We’ve got the reputation of a big player with the energy of a young, nimble organization. This allows us to do very exciting things when we smell opportunity. We pride ourselves on developing kick-ass (and good-looking) software, indexing the web, providing a robust API that serves hundreds of millions of queries each day, and hosting the web’s most vibrant web marketing community.

In our downtown Seattle offices, mere steps from Pike Place Market, we maintain a fun, supportive, laid-back work environment. We pay well (salaries are on par with the big guys - Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Sauron) and we work hard (sometimes long hours are a must, but we pride ourselves on working smart, not 80-hour nightmare weeks). We’re also very generous with vacation and flex time because we understand that our employees have lives, interests, and obligations outside of the office.

Our core values include being transparent (you’ll get every key metric about the business each week), having fun (pie-eating contests - check! Team ice cream trips - check! Friday afternoon Settlers of Catan parties - check!) and creating exceptional products our customers love. We strongly encourage you to read more about the company - our core values ( ), our history ( ) and what we do ( ).

About the Position

We are looking for a software engineer/hacker to do jack-of-all trades work on our codebases. Our dream-candidate has the skills of a contractor: able to quickly understand how systems work with little or no documentation and an interest in figuring out existing systems, but the attention to detail of an artist- quality code, smart engineering, follow up and ownership of deliverables. This person must love solving problems, and figuring out existing products and code.

The occasional happy hour, doughnut, cupcake, ice-cream party, BBQ and catered lunches/breakfasts would have to be appreciated, too. ;-)

To be a Mozzeriffic Database Administrator you must:
Be a DBA whiz with experience on production systems!

SQL is your primary language, but you are willing to speak French, English or Spanish to your co-workers.

Production systems are on Linux

Have a good sense of humor, and the intro to Battlestar Gallactica as your ringtone : )

Have a desire to work with a bunch of hard core technologists, building some stellar software.

Find yourself daydreaming about code spelunking and finding simple elegant fixes to complex, constrained problems..

Always be learning

If this describes you then by all means keep reading! We want you!

Production support:
Performance Tuning of all Databases and Routine Backup and Recovery:

ec2 instances and terrabytes of S3.

Mysql servers (Master/slave config + backups)

Redis servers

Riak nodes


System monitoring (Pingdom, Zabbix, New Relic, Librato)

Experience programming and debugging in a complex, distributed environment

Strong SQL and data model design skills

Experience with one or more databases (such as Oracle, SQL, PIG, Tokyo Tyrant, Cassandra, Big Table, Dynamo DB, SimpleDB and others) in a production environment; experience in open source databases (like MySQL) is a big plus

Experience with massively distributed and large-scale software systems

Proficiency with Linux as an operating environment

Hardcore with Amazon AWS (S3, ec2, ELB, EBD, ETC)

Hardcore with Mysql and noSQL (Riak, Percona, Cassandra)

Hardcore Database Sharding expertise

Hardcore SQL and Database Modeling

Strong Linux/Unix

Strong System Monitoring (Pingdom, Zabbix, New Relic and Librato)

Familiarity with Rails applications and Apache2.

Familiarity with source control. Github preferred.

Familiarity with Ruby

Computer Science degree required.

Joining SEOmoz would a great opportunity to learn new technology and show your skills enhancing what is already in place. We run part of our systems in the cloud, part hosted, and development is virtualized.


We’re offering a very competitive salary for this position (based on experience) to attract exciting candidates. In addition, we also provide:

100% Paid Medical, Dental & Vision benefits (50% for dependents)

Generous stock options (1 year to first stake, 4 years to full vesting)

PAID paid Vacation - $3000 per year toward vacation expenses

100% match of your 401k contributions up to 3% of your gross income.

150% charity matching program

21 days annual paid time off, 7 days of sick/safe leave and paid holidays

Opportunities to travel and attend/speak at industry events

Subsidized gym membership

Paid Internet access for your home

Multiple transportation options (Bus Pass, Flexcar, parking, etc.)

Catered hot lunches and breakfasts!

Fully stocked fridge, bar, cereal bar and all the turkey jerky and candy you want!

An awesome team who love what they do!

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