Site Reliability Engineer (166)

Wikimedia Foundation · Oct 1st 2019

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We are looking for a Site Reliability Engineer! Would you like to join the highly dynamic team responsible for the reliability and performance of a global top-10 website — Wikipedia? You would join the Search Team, where we build the infrastructure for search and discovery of Wikipedia content. We are working on Open Source, JVM / Linux based stacks (Elasticsearch, Wikidata Query Service).

We are searching for people with a drive to explore, experiment, and learn new technologies. Do you enjoy eliminating boring things from your daily workflow by automating them? Are you comfortable working in a highly collaborative, consensus-oriented, open environment and as part of a globally-distributed team? Then you might be just the person we need.


  • Performing day-to-day operational and DevOps tasks on Wikimedia’s public facing infrastructure (deployment, maintenance, configuration, troubleshooting)

  • Implementing and utilizing configuration management and deployment tools (Puppet, Kubernetes)

  • Assisting in the architectural design of new services and making them operate, at scale

  • Monitoring of systems, services and service clusters, optimization of performance and resource utilization

  • Assisting in or leading incident responses, diagnosis and follow-up on system outages or alerts across Wikimedia’s production infrastructure

  • Sharing our values and working in accordance with them


  • 3+ years experience in an SRE/Operations/DevOps role as part of a team

  • Experience with managing geographically distributed, highly available, high-traffic infrastructure based on JVM / Linux

  • Working understanding of garbage collection, Java logging frameworks and JMX

  • Comfortable with Open Source configuration management and orchestration tools (Puppet, Ansible, Chef, SaltStack, etc.)

  • Experience with the use, and configuration of, monitoring, metrics and logging infrastructure (Icinga/Nagios, Prometheus, Grafana, Graphite, Logstash/Kibana, etc.)

  • Comfortable with shell and scripting languages used in an SRE/Operations engineering context (Python, Go, Bash, Ruby, etc.)

  • Comfortable with managing remotely bare-metal servers and virtualized environments

  • Aptitude for automation and streamlining of tasks

  • Strong English-language skills and ability to work independently, as an effective part of a globally distributed team

  • B.S. or M.S. in Computer Science or equivalent work experience


  • Track record of open source contributions is a major plus

  • Experience with Elasticsearch

  • Experience with graph databases

  • Low level systems troubleshooting and debugging (CPU/memory profiling, C/C++ experience, in-depth Linux knowledge)

  • Example projects

These are some of our upcoming projects you might be working on soon…

  • Upgrade a multi-terabyte Elasticsearch cluster to the next version of software, without any impact to our users (or uptime)

  • Scale our graph database (Wikidata Query Service) to more than 10 billion triples

  • Help define a hardware procurement strategy to grow our Elasticsearch clusters

U.S. Benefits & Perks*

  • Fully paid medical, dental and vision coverage for employees and their eligible families (yes, fully paid premiums!)

  • The Wellness Program provides reimbursement for mind, body and soul activities such as fitness memberships, baby sitting, continuing education and much more

  • The 401(k) retirement plan offers matched contributions at 4% of annual salary

  • Flexible and generous time off - vacation, sick and volunteer days, plus 19 paid holidays - including the last week of the year.

  • Family friendly! 100% paid new parent leave for seven weeks plus an additional five weeks for pregnancy, flexible options to phase back in after leave, fully equipped lactation room.

  • For those emergency moments - long and short term disability, life insurance (2x salary) and an employee assistance program

  • Pre-tax savings plans for health care, child care, elder care, public transportation and parking expenses

  • Telecommuting and flexible work schedules available

  • Appropriate fuel for thinking and coding (aka, a pantry full of treats) and monthly massages to help staff relax

  • Great colleagues - diverse staff and contractors speaking dozens of languages from around the world, fantastic intellectual discourse, mission-driven and intensely passionate people

*Eligible international workers' benefits are specific to their location and dependent on their employer of record

More information

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