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IBM IBM Cloud Databases - Database Software Engineer in Boston, Massachusetts


Software Developers at IBM are the backbone of our strategic initiatives to design, code, test, and provide industry-leading solutions that make the world run today - planes and trains take off on time, bank transactions complete in the blink of an eye and the world remains safe because of the work our software developers do. Whether you are working on projects internally or for a client, software development is critical to the success of IBM and our clients worldwide. At IBM, you will use the latest software development tools, techniques and approaches and work with leading minds in the industry to build solutions you can be proud of.

Your Role and Responsibilities

The IBM Cloud Databases team mission is to provide and operate Databases as a Service in IBM's Public Cloud. Databases for PostgreSQL, EnterpriseDB, Redis, Elasticsearch, Datastax, etcd, and MongoDB and Messages for RabbitMQ make up the family of services which are hosted in multiple IBM Cloud data centers all around the globe. As a rapidly growing offering, the team will also focus on bringing in new, secure, and compliant data service offerings (like MySQL) to market and thus expanding the breath of databases offered on our platform.

We are looking for database subject matter experts who understand that the future of database operations is focused on automation with applied software engineering principles. Successful candidates have a deep understanding in the internals of distributed databases and applied their skills in previous job roles. They understand the availability, scalability, performance, and resiliency characteristics and limitations of the respective database technology. Furthermore, they also have hands-on skills and passion for software development.

This role will give you the unique opportunity to apply your deep database expertise to:

  1. Design, implement, and operate large scale, distributed software systems that enable new high-availability, resiliency, and security features for our databases on top of a containerized runtime (kubernetes)

  2. Consult and coach clients with troubleshooting guidance, performance tuning and related tasks to provide a high available and reliable database experience

  3. Lead and counsel team members as they execute on new features, develop runbooks, and operate production databases

You will join a team that owns the end-to-end delivery into production, from requirements gathering through design and implementation through production operations. The concept is: You build it, you run it. When something isn’t working, we fix it, improve it, and then apply the knowledge learnt. You will have the opportunity to learn every aspect of running a 24x7 Cloud Service and will gain highly-marketable skills in the process. As a part of the experience you will you will join our operations on-call rotation (includes weekends) where you will be the first responder to day-to-day operational issues and work closely with the rest of the team to mitigate them.

Required Technical and Professional Expertise

  • Bachelor's in Engineering, Computer Science, or relevant experience

  • Experience with containerised workloads

  • Experience with designing and delivering distributed software with at least one programming language

  • Experience with monitoring and operating production components

  • Capability to work in a global, multicultural and diverse environment

  • Fluent: English

Preferred Technical and Professional Expertise

  • Experience with Kubernetes

  • Experience in Software Engineering

  • Experience with Python

  • Experience in designing applications and data models using one of: MySQL, PostgreSQL, Redis, Elasticsearch, etcd, MongoDB, RabbitMQ, or Cassandra

  • Experience in operating and troubleshooting mission-critical production MySQL, PostgreSQL, Redis, Elasticsearch, etcd, MongoDB, RabbitMQ, or Cassandra

  • Experience with Prometheus and writing Prometheus queries

  • Experience with writing alert definitions in Alert Manager

  • Knowledge of the IBM Cloud ecosystem

About Business Unit

Digitization is accelerating the ongoing evolution of business, and clouds - public, private, and hybrid - enable companies to extend their existing infrastructure and integrate across systems. IBM Cloud provides the security, control, and visibility that our clients have come to expect. We are working to provide the right tools and environment to combine all of our client’s data, no matter where it resides, to respond to changing market dynamics.

Your Life @ IBM

What matters to you when you’re looking for your next career challenge?

Maybe you want to get involved in work that really changes the world? What about somewhere with incredible and diverse career and development opportunities – where you can truly discover your passion? Are you looking for a culture of openness, collaboration and trust – where everyone has a voice? What about all of these? If so, then IBM could be your next career challenge. Join us, not to do something better, but to attempt things you never thought possible.

Impact. Inclusion. Infinite Experiences. Do your best work ever.

About IBM

IBM’s greatest invention is the IBMer. We believe that progress is made through progressive thinking, progressive leadership, progressive policy and progressive action. IBMers believe that the application of intelligence, reason and science can improve business, society and the human condition. Restlessly reinventing since 1911, we are the largest technology and consulting employer in the world, with more than 380,000 IBMers serving clients in 170 countries.

Location Statement

For additional information about location requirements, please discuss with the recruiter following submission of your application.

IBM intends this job to be performed entirely outside of Colorado.

Being You @ IBM

IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, pregnancy, disability, age, veteran status, or other characteristics. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.