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Staff Database Reliability Engineer


Coinbase has built the world's leading compliant cryptocurrency platform serving over 30 million accounts in more than 100 countries. With multiple successful products, and our vocal advocacy for blockchain technology, we have played a major part in mainstream awareness and adoption of cryptocurrency. We are proud to offer an entire suite of products that are helping build the cryptoeconomy and increase economic freedom around the world.

There are a few things we look for across all hires we make at Coinbase, regardless of role or team. First, we look for signals that a candidate will thrive in a culture [1] like ours, where we default to trust, embrace feedback, disrupt ourselves, and expect sustained high performance because we play as a championship team. Second, we expect all employees to commit to our mission-focused approach [2] to our work. Finally, we seek people with the desire and capacity to build and share expertise in the frontier technologies of crypto and blockchain, in whatever way is most relevant to their role.

The Backend Platform team in the Infrastructure org is responsible for our backend systems(datastores, caching infrastructure, gateway, codebase) that powers Coinbase.com [3], our native applications and api.coinbase.com [4]. Some of the other projects we work on are decomposition of our monolithic Rails application, stability and sharding of our MongoDB clusters, building our own service framework (CSF: Coinbase Service Framework) which is used to build new services at Coinbase. The mission of the team is to build the architectural foundation and tools that help teams within the company to build high quality applications.

What you’ll be doing (ie. job duties):

  • Responsible for defining & implementing company wide datastore policies with a focus on reliability, throughput, scalability and security
  • Devising standardized datastore platform for 80% of team needs - with a focus on safety, ease of use, automation and reliability
  • Partnering with critical snowflake projects that have significant demand in throughput & latency to provide guidance and expertise while building custom data layers
  • Build observability to detect and prevent performance issues
  • Defining, implementing, monitoring and execution of standardized automated backup, recovery processes across the company. Managing rolling datastore version upgrades across various providers
  • Partnering across security & infrastructure to devise standardized security policies for the datastore layer
  • Partnering across infrastructure, security and architecture to ensure all types of sensitive data are cataloged and carefully monitored & enforced by automated processes
  • Partnering with other engineering teams to make architectural decisions for data storage layers
  • Building tools, infrastructure and automation to make database & schema changes easy to test, deploy and safe to roll back.
  • Ensuring we rely on strong processes, automation, architecture and operational excellence to deliver reliable, available, high performant and secure datastores versus SPOF, heroism and expensive hardware/vendor relationships.
  • Document your learnings/processes and use 1-2 automate for repeatable tasks

What we look for in you (ie. job requirements):

  • You have at least 8 years of experience in software engineering 
  • Strong expertise and development skills on building, scaling and supporting database technologies (mongoDB, Postgres, event streaming, caching)
  • Experience with sharding NoSQL, SQL databases at scale 
  • Experience in backwards compatible approaches for data migrations
  • Experience working with engineering teams and stakeholders across the business
  • Ability to build tooling for common DBA processes
  • Experience implementing cross-region replication
  • Have solid knowledge of internals of one of the following datastores: MongoDb, Postgres
  • Have a passion for stable and secure system management practices. 
  • Have experience working in distributed production environments

Nice to haves:

  • Have experience with Infra as code, enabling product teams to work with databases and not running them
  • Have experience with Ruby on Rails or Golang

 

Commitment to Equal Opportunity

Coinbase is committed to diversity in its workforce and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sex, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation or any other basis protected by applicable law. Coinbase will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable federal, state and local law.  For US applicants, you may view Pay Transparency [5], Employee Rights [6] and Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law [7]notices by clicking on their corresponding links.  Additionally, Coinbase participates in the E-Verify program [8] in certain locations, as required by law.    

Coinbase is also committed to providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to accommodations@coinbase.com and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.  For quick access to screen reading technology compatible with this site click here to download [9] a free compatible screen reader (free step by step tutorial can be found here) [10]

Global Data Privacy Notice for Job Candidates and Applicants

Depending on your location, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) may regulate the way we manage the data of job applicants. Our full notice outlining how data will be processed as part of the application procedure for applicable locations is available here: Ireland/EU [11], United Kingdom [12], and California [13]. By submitting your application, you are agreeing to our use and processing of your data as required.

 


  1. https://blog.coinbase.com/culture-at-coinbase-fe510fe9c098
  2. https://blog.coinbase.com/coinbase-is-a-mission-focused-company-af882df8804
  3. http://coinbase.com/
  4. http://api.coinbase.com/
  5. https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/ofccp/pdf/pay-transp_English_unformattedESQA508c.pdf
  6. https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/WHD/legacy/files/eppac.pdf
  7. https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migrated_files/employers/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf
  8. https://static-assets.coinbase.com/e-verify.pdf
  9. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/chromevox/kgejglhpjiefppelpmljglcjbhoiplfn
  10. http://www.chromevox.com/tutorial/
  11. https://static-assets.coinbase.com/privacy_notice_and_consent_for_new_applicants_coinbase_ireland.pdf
  12. https://static-assets.coinbase.com/privacy_notice_and_consent_for_new_applicants_CB_payments.pdf
  13. https://static-assets.coinbase.com/notice_at_collection_to_applicants_residing_in_california_CCPA.pdf

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