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Database Engineer

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Location: Cambridge, Hinxton
Salary: £2,632 to £2,944.48 monthly starting salary after tax (Grade 5-6).
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 11th June 2019
Closes: 23rd July 2019
Job Ref: EBI01423

About the team/job

We are seeking a motivated Database Administrator/Engineer to join the Databases Team (DB Team), part of the TSC
The DB Team is responsible for the database administration and management of the large central database environment that is deployed over a Virtual Infrastructure based on VMWare and the DBMSs currently supported range through MySQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL, Vertica, Mongo DB and MS SQL Server.

Our customers are the Services and Research internal teams of EMBL-EBI.

Your role

The Database Engineer role in our team involves Database Administration and Engineering activities for the Production, Development and Test database environments across the supported database technologies. We are seeking for existing Oracle and PostgreSQL skills.

The candidate will be responsible with colleagues in the DB team for the good functioning of the database pipelines and in addition to traditional DBA tasks, from a Database Engineering perspective the candidate will work with our customers in areas such as:

  • Advising on database technology choice for new or refactoring projects;
  • Advising on Database design;
  • Advising customers on projects involving migrating applications to a different DBMS;
  • Database Performance Tuning
  • Query Optimisation and advising on query creation

The activities of the Database Administration Team include (but are not limited to):

  • Database software installation and configuration;
  • Back-up and recovery;
  • Data replication solutions across datacentres;
  • Scripting;
  • Performance tuning;
  • Data copies and cloning;
  • Exploring innovation;
  • Monitoring, reporting and keeping online documentation up-to-date;
  • Interacting with database developers and application developers from the EMBL-EBI service and research teams;
  • Communicating technical documents.

You have

  • Degree in Computer Science or an equivalent discipline
  • Proven experience in a role with similar responsibilities to those described for 3 years or more
  • Administration, configuration and tuning of Oracle
  • Administration, configuration and tuning of PostgreSQL
  • Query Optimisation and creation
  • Database Performance Tuning
  • Experience with multi-Terabyte databases
  • Experience with multi-datacentre architectures and data replication across WAN
  • Experience with one or more among SQL, Python, Shell
  • Experience with one or more among Nagios, PMM, Puppet, Foreman
  • Experience and operation of databases on Linux RedHat or equivalent within a virtualised environment
  • Service-oriented, be well-organised and able to work to deadlines
  • The ability to work collaboratively within a team, excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • The ability to build positive, collaborative relationship
  • Excellent working knowledge of English, verbal communication skills and communicates in a clear way

You might also have

  • Understanding of enterprise IT Infrastructures (including compute, storage and networking
  • Database migrations experience and post-migration validation and optimisation
  • Experience with Clouds and Containerization 

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