Senior Database Administrator

Location: New York, NY

Department: Engineering

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

Knewton is an education startup funded by high-profile investors including Peter Thiel and Reid Hoffman. Located in the heart of Manhattan in the Union Square area, Knewton is building the world's most powerful adaptive learning engine, with the goal of making personalized and engaging education available to all. Knewton has been recognized as a Technology Pioneer for 2011 by the World Economic Forum in Davos and one of the top 25 best places to work by Crain’s New York Business

This is a senior position for the Systems Engineering team focused on managing our database infrastructure within AWS and all other things related to datastores, such as assisting other teams at Knewton with performance tuning and database design and architecture.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Managing the Cassandra infrastructure at Knewton: scaling up clusters, managing deployments and upgrades, advising other teams on best practices.
  • Managing our RDS infrastructure.
  • Lead database schema reviews with relevant teams.
  • Define best practices for database usage within the organization.
  • Creating tools to help automate and scale our database infrastructure.
  • Monitoring and collection of relevant metrics for databases in our infrastructure.

What we’re looking for:

  • In-depth experience with Cassandra, and MySQL or PostgreSQL.
  • Understanding of configuration management systems (e.g Chef, Puppet, CF Engine)
  • Solid Linux skills.
  • Experience with Java as it relates to Cassandra and the relevant Java APIs (Astyanax, Hector)
  • Practical knowledge of Python and Ruby.
  • Understanding of key value stores such as Memcached, Redis and their relevant AWS implementations.
  • Experience with mentoring other engineers regarding best practices in database schema design.
  • Self-motivating individuals that provide a positive influence to other team members.

Perks Include:

Huge monitors, the latest macs, a kitchen filled with your favorite treats, flexible hours, frequent guest speakers, excellent health benefits, equity and a chance to do meaningful, cutting edge work in a dynamic environment.

Forward this Position
Recipient email address (one)
Your name
Your email address
Enter a message (optional)
Apply for this Position
* Required fields
Using "Apply With LinkedIn" in IE11? Read this first. Connecting LinkedIn
First name*
Last name*
Email address*
Phone number*

Attach resume ( .pdf, .doc, .docx ) or paste resume

Paste your resume here or attach resume file

Cover Letter*
In 150 characters or fewer, tell us what makes you unique. Try to be creative and say something that will catch our eye!*