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Operations Engineer

San Francisco, CA | Engineering

Job Description

Disqus is searching for an experienced Infrastructure Operations Engineer to fill a critical operations role, growing our core system architecture and scaling our backend to serve hundreds of millions of users. The ideal candidate is obsessed with uptime, speed, and reliability, and has years of hands-on experience in a high availability production web environment. You'll be working at our headquarters in San Francisco, CA and will make an immediate impact, tackling the large scale challenges of existing systems as well as designing and building new solutions.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work closely with developers to build high performance, highly-available systems
  • Design and architect systems which will be used by millions of people on release
  • Analyze and strengthen existing infrastructure to minimize downtime and response times
  • Build resilient new systems for emerging products
  • Participate in 24/7 on-call rotation in case something goes wrong

What We're Looking For

  • You have worked on very large internet applications and were instrumentally involved with the scaling and performance challenges
  • Past experience working in a high availability web production environment
  • Relevant experience with any of the following technologies:
    • Python & Django
    • Configuration Managment (Puppet/Chef)
    • Nginx, varnish and memcached
    • PostgreSQL and its replication tools
    • Cassandra
  • Willing to work closely with others towards the shared goal of site reliability and performance
  • Thorough understanding of software design principles and best practices

Required Skills

  • A relevant university degree is great, but we care more about industry experience and knowledge
  • Programming experience (Python, Django, JavaScript) -- You'll work at the intersection of code and hardware, understanding the detailed interactions between them
  • Previous work experience in a startup environment

About Disqus

Disqus is all about evolving how people think about online communities and discussions. We are a small but quickly growing company based in San Francisco, with a presence in New York City. At Disqus, we are passionate about building products that encourage active participation on the web. We started Disqus in 2007 because we wanted to improve conversations online. Today, the Disqus commenting platform is used by hundreds of millions of people across some of the web's largest sites and properties. We're looking for all-around great additions to our team. If you'd like to join us, check out our careers page or learn more about us and our team.

Work Perks

We're a small team that gets a lot done and has lots of fun along the way. All employees of Disqus receive the same great benefits.

  • Competitive salaries and employee stock options
  • Daily catered lunches and fully stocked snacks, drinks, and beer
  • Flexible hours so you can be at your most productive
  • Generous paid time off and holidays
  • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision plan options
  • 401(k) plan, pre-tax commuter benefits, and flex spending accounts
  • Apple computers (or whatever you need for your job)
  • Great office location in SOMA, next to public transportation and parking (blocks from BART, Muni, Caltrain)
  • Awesome, casual office environment with plenty of toys (foosball, video games, and more)


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