Senior DBA - Oakland, CA

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My client, a leading provider of online grading and originality services to educational institutions worldwide, is looking for a senior Database Administrator to join their team in Oakland, CA.

The company is profitable with stable growth. Located in beautiful downtown Oakland, easy walking distance from BART. Offer a friendly and fun atmosphere, quiet work environment, flexible schedule, and other perks. 


We are looking for a Senior Database Administrator who thinks in clever ways to solve problems of scale and load with elegant solutions.

Our database team supports several Postgres databases up to 500+GB each over 50 database servers across four data centers. As a senior member of this team, you will work closely with QA, engineering, and project management to help us bring automation, stability, and general awesomeness into this architecture. 


  • Setup and maintenance of postgres master-slave clusters utilizing streaming replication (Slony a bonus, but not required)
  • Cross-datacenter disaster recovery and backup architecture
  • Performance monitoring and optimization 
  • Query optimization and troubleshooting
  • Close collaboration with engineering on schema additions and updates utilizing Liquibase
  • Participation in week-long on-call rotations 


  • 5+ years of experience administering PostgreSQL databases
  • Experience with automation tools such as CFEngine, Chef, or Puppet
  • Thorough understanding of normal forms, and when to break them
  • Solid scripting skills
  • Experience with Zabbix, Nagios, Cacti, Graphite or similar monitoring tools
  • Ability to drive a project from inception to completion
  • Enthusiasm for solving challenging problems
  • Undergraduate Degree or equivalent experience

Local candidates are strongly preferred.
Sorry, we do not work with visas.

If interested, please contact me at julia@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Thank you,
Julia Tverskaya
Partner, Brain Gain Recruiting

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