Backend Engineer, Database

Gitlab
Remote

Database Group


At GitLab, developers are independent and self-organized individual contributors who work together as a tight team in a remote and agile way.

The Database Group works on developing solutions for scalability, application performance, data growth and developer enablement, especially where it concerns interactions with the database. In support of our Transparency value, the Database Group page includes links to the boards listing our current work in flight, team meeting recordings as well as our roadmap. Hopefully this is the type of work that gets you excited about joining the team, if so please read on.

Most backend developers work on all aspects of GitLab, building features, fixing bugs, and generally improving the application. The Database Group is responsible for making application changes to improve database performance, availability and reliability.  Additionally, the Backend Engineer, Database will be expected to review database related code with the goal of eventually becoming a Database Maintainer.

The Work

Our work can be grouped into a couple of main categories: responsive and enablement. Categories that we consider responsive work are areas that require our immediate or near-term attention to help with performance, scaling and SQL expertise. Typically these involve reviewing slow performing queries and providing guidance on how to improve these queries. 

Enablement, as the name suggests, is about enabling development efficiencies for our greater development community and improving our scalability story for GitLab.com. We have some lofty goals on what we’d like to achieve in the next year. We cannot do all of the work we have identified by ourselves, so we are creating tools to enable teams to implement scalable solutions. Below is a list of a few of these initiatives:

Responsibilities

  • Develop new features in collaboration with our product management, UX, and frontend teams.
  • Keep changes small and iterate towards the best solution.
  • Reviewing database related changes submitted by other engineers or community contributors
  • Documenting database best practices or patterns to avoid
  • Developing tooling to proactively inform developers of potential performance issues
  • Research, design and implement solutions to improve product performance 

You should apply if:

  • you have significant professional software engineering experience with PostgreSQL in large production environments
  • you have significant experience with Ruby on Rails or other Ruby frameworks
  • you can reason about software, algorithms, and performance from a high level
  • you are passionate about open source.
  • you have strong written communication skills.
  • you are self-motivated and have strong organizational skills.
  • you have demonstrated the ability to onboard and integrate with an organization long-term.  Within the last 5 years, you've worked at one company for at least 2 years.
  • you have demonstrated the ability to work closely with other parts of the organization.
  • you are able to thrive in a fully remote organization
  • you are able to use GitLab
  • you share our values, and work in accordance with those values

Nice-to-haves

  • Experience in a peak performance organization, preferably a tech startup
  • Experience with the GitLab product as a user or contributor
  • Product company experience
  • Experience working with a remote team
  • Enterprise software company experience
  • Developer platform/tool industry experience
  • Experience working with a global or otherwise multicultural team
  • Computer science education or equivalent experience
  • Passionate about/experienced with open source and developer tools

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