• Postgres Database Administrator

    Job Locations US-MA-North Reading
    Posted Date 1 month ago(5/18/2018 2:35 PM)
    Job ID
    Cloud Ops
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    Tracelink is seeking an experienced Database Administrator (DBA) who has come up through the Linux Systems Administrator ranks to join the Cloud Operations team supporting Tracelink’s Life Sciences Cloud product.  The DBA will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of Tracelink’s product databases running in Amazon Web Services (AWS) Relational Database Services (RDS) and Data Warehouse (Redshift).  These databases are primarily Postgres, although MySQL support is required as well.  The DBA will monitor and maintain both the customer-facing and non-customer-facing RDBMSs supporting 24x7 operation, including sizing, tuning, and backup/restore activities.  The DBA will also assist the application development team with efficient database design and SQL query tuning, as required.  Additionally, when not actively engaged in DBA activities, the DBA may be asked to assist with Linux System Administration tasks/projects and will participate in the Cloud Operations team on-call rotation.


    Key Responsibilities

    • Monitor, manage and maintain customer and non-customer facing product AWS RDS and Redshift instances, including RDBMS version updates, EC2 instance sizing, volume sizing (space and I/O characteristics), database operating parameters, etc., with primary focus on the Postgres instances.
    • Understand how Tracelink’s application/product uses the database. Analyze database performance and develop/implement strategies to optimize application performance from Tracelink’s AWS RDS and Redshift instances.
    • Accept primary responsibility for diagnosing and resolving AWS RDS / database issues.
    • Ensure that the database instances are being backed up and that those backups are properly tested on a regular basis in accordance with Tracelink’s SOPs.
    • Work with the application development team to optimize schema and SQL query design to achieve optimum application performance with respect to the database.
    • Develop and document standard operating procedures and work instructions for inclusion in Tracelink’s Information Security Management System (ISMS) and Quality Management System (QMS).
    • Linux System administration tasks and projects, as assigned.
    • Participate in the Cloud Operations on-call rotation. Respond to alerts, perform basic application and Linux system level diagnostics and take appropriate steps to remediate service affecting issues.


    Required Skills

    • Proficient (3-5 years) in managing and maintaining Postgres databases, preferably AWS RDS, required, experience with Amazon RDS Postgres or other Postgres implementation (1-3 years) highly desired.
    • Experience designing application optimized database schemas and SQL performance tuning.
    • Demonstrated success supporting application databases in a SaaS operations environment is a must.
    • 3 years of experience as a RedHat/CentOS Linux System Administrator highly desired.
    • Experience with SSH, apache, and any Java servlet container (dropwizard, resin, tomcat, jboss, etc.).
    • A degree in Computer Science or related field of study is highly desired.


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