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MySQL Architect

Engineering & Operations | San Francisco, CA

Job Description


Are you a MySQL expert who finds working with dozens of MySQL instances boring and a couple hundred thousand where things start to get interesting? If so, get ready to work at massive scale.


Like our communities, Wikia is passionate, high-energy and collaborative. Think of Wikia as the encyclopedia of pop culture, as our platform supports over 250,000 wiki communities across an impressive array of subjects spanning all aspects of entertainment, gaming and lifestyle. Wikia is the top global gaming content publisher on the Web today with over 70 million unique visitors a month and 50 million page views every day. Wikia was founded in 2004 by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and Angela Beesley and is headquartered in a brightly colored SOMA office in San Francisco, CA.


Remember all those “How to tune mySQL” manuals? You can go ahead and throw those out. Can you imagine engineering and operating a site that has over 250,000 mySQL databases and needs to scale to hundreds of millions of users? Did we mention that we’re growing at over 500 mySQL databases every day? You’ll be given autonomy and the resources you need to re-architect our mySQL infrastructure to grow to an even more massive scale. We already have one of the most performant infrastructures in the world (the only completely SSD production environment we know of) but we need you to take it to the next level and keep us on the cutting edge.


You are a mySQL expert who knows how to architect at scale. DBAs need not apply. If you are interested in managing and tuning mySQL databases numbering in the thousands, then we are interested in you.You are comfortable with low-level MySQL tuning and pushing efficiency and QPS to its limits. You dive into stack traces, salivate over good GDB output and pore through source code searching for bugs and optimizations. You love to automate tasks and build tools to do your work for you and then move on to the next challenge.


Unlike most startups, our exciting platform is also coupled with a strong work life balance. You’ll have the opportunity to shape the revenue stream of the company, technology, and products, while having fun. For your expertise, we will offer a competitive base salary, full benefits, and big play on equity. Our dog-friendly digs are located in San Francisco (between BART and CalTrain) and also come with a stocked pantry and gaming room where some employees practice yoga at lunch. If you enjoy pop culture and gaming working for Wikia will allow you to work on what you love.


Think you have what it takes to architect and scale thousands of MySQL instances for one of the largest open source web properties in the world? Inquire within and let’s get you started.

Principals only. Agency and recruiter resumes will be considered unsolicited resumes that are not subject to placement fees.