Senior Database and Systems Software Engineer - School of Computer Science
Carnegie Mellon University
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Internal Number: 2018562
Headquartered at Carnegie Mellon University, the Delphi research group was founded in 2012 to advance the theory and practice of epidemic forecasting. Our long-term mission is to make epidemic forecasting as widely accepted and useful as weather forecasting is today.
As a crucial part of that mission, Delphi's production data storage and retrieval systems fuel the work of the epidemic forecasting research community by providing the nation's largest repository of diverse, geographically-detailed, real-time indicators of infectious disease activity in the U.S.
We seek a technical leader who can leverage their skills in large-scale databases and software engineering to design and oversee the continual improvement of our data systems. Is this you? Interested in learning more? Apply today!
Here's what we'll be asking you to do, and how you know you will be successful:
You will orchestrate billion-row datasets and beyond. You know the risks of making mistakes at scale.
You will specify and design improvements to Delphi's data storage and retrieval systems. The goal is to increase modularity, scalability, and provide for increased security and authentication. You know how to navigate tradeoffs between maintainability and ease of implementation, you know how to analyze and optimize database performance for different growth profiles, and you know better than to try to write your own user authentication system from scratch.
You will create and coordinate plans to implement, test, and roll out your designs in a team setting. You are comfortable working with cross-functional teams and have a broad enough skill base and willingness to learn in order to pitch in wherever needed.
You will set the tone for a resilient, prosocial working environment. You are familiar with core principles of collaborative software development such as version control, code review, unit and integration testing, continuous integration, and pair programming, and you expect to be a full participant. You are comfortable coaching junior staff.
You will oversee production database operations. You are familiar with the administration of relational database platforms (especially MySQL) in cloud-based environments (especially AWS).
You will choreograph large and/or complex repairs to data systems and the datasets they contain. You have experience in preserving service integrity during maintenance.
Flexibility, excellence, and passion are vital qualities within Delphi and the Machine Learning Department. Inclusion, collaboration and cultural sensitivity are valued competencies across all CMU organizations. We are looking for someone who shares our values and who will support the mission of the group and the university through their work.
Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science
5-8 years of experience in Systems/Software Engineering, Systems Programming, and Operating System Administration
Or a combination of education and relevant experience from which comparable knowledge is demonstrated
Successful background check
Delphi is in a critical growth phase. Pre-pandemic our focus was seasonal influenza; during the critical phase of the pandemic we shifted our focus to COVID-19. Our signals are used regularly by public health officials, government agencies, data journalists, healthcare companies, financial firms, and fellow modelers. We are a CDC-designated Center of Excellence (one of two nationally), and work closely with CDC COVID and flu teams, meeting weekly. We now are setting our sights beyond COVID and influenza, developing the technology and building the infrastructure needed for tracking and forecasting any fast-moving epidemic that presents a significant burden to public health. Come join us to help make this a reality!
CMU's COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements: As a condition of employment, Carnegie Mellon University requires all staff and faculty working in the United States to be fully vaccinated, including a booster when eligible, against COVID-19. Prior to commencement of employment, new hires in the United States must provide proof of vaccination or obtain an approved exemption. (Exemptions may be requested for medical reasons or for religious or strong moral or ethical conviction.) Those granted an exemption must comply with all applicable COVID-19 mitigation requirements. The most up-to-date information on CMU's COVID-19 mitigation requirements can be found here: Minimum Requirements to Return to Campus.
Staff - Fixed Term (Fixed Term)
Full Time/Part time
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