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devops engineer Full-time

Published at 2019-03-04 - Viewed: 2644 times - Software Heritage in Paris, France

Software Heritage is hiring: seeking a Paris-based full-time devops engineer

Software Heritage is an ambitious nonprofit, entirely Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) project that aims at collecting, organizing, preserving for the very long term, and sharing all publicly available software in source code form, together with the corresponding complete development history (e.g., from a Version Control System) where available. The Software Heritage archive already contains about 6 billion unique source code files and 1 billion commits, retrieved from more than 80 million software projects.

We are looking for a senior devops engineer with either strong (Python) programming skills and a pronounced interest in (GNU/Linux) system administration or strong system administration skills and backend programming experience, to grow our operations team. The team is in charge of guaranteeing reliability of our day-by-day archiving activities, integrity of the Software Heritage archive in collaboration with mirror operators, and maintaining an efficient development environment for our developers.

The right candidate will:

be a strong critical thinker and efficient problem solver,
be able to communicate and work collaboratively with team members,
be able to dig deeply into technical details, configurations, and scripting,
lead incident response, diagnosis and follow-up on system outages or alerts across the entire infrastructure,
have a knack for keeping the complexity of large, heterogeneous distributed system under control.

As senior devops engineer you will primarily work with the following technologies:

Debian GNU/Linux,
Distributed architecture (RabbitMQ, Kafka),
Icinga/Prometheus/ELK monitoring,
Proxmox, KVM virtualization, LXC and Docker containers,
large scale object storage (Ceph, cloud-based object storages),
AWS and Azure,
POSIX shell scripting,
Python programming.

Working knowledge or interest of the following techniques and technologies would be a plus:

highly scalable architectures,
microservice based architectures,
event driven infrastructures,
IaaS/PaaS cloud offerings,
Debian packaging,
REST API principles,
C system programming.

A successful candidate will have strong system administrator skills and programming fluency in at least a couple of system- and/or application-level programming languages, as well as a solid track record of participation in existing FOSS projects and communities.

All the code developed as part of this position will be developed openly and released under a FOSS license.
Workplace and salary

The job should be worked on-site at Inria’s Paris headquarters. Remote work might be an option, depending on the candidate and on their willingness to visit headquarters on a regular basis.

The salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Application instructions

Applications must be submitted via email to The email must contain the subject line “DevOps Engineer”. A complete application should include:

cover letter, and
links to any previous related work online.

All materials must be in a free format (such as plain text, PDF, or OpenDocument, and not Microsoft Word). Email submissions that do not follow these instructions will probably be overlooked.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. The next priority deadline is 31 Mars 2019, 12:00 UTC.

Software Heritage is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or application for employment on the basis of race, color, marital status, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, handicap, or any other legally protected status. We value diversity in our workplace.

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