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Senior Site Reliability Engineer Full-time

Published at 2021-05-25 - Viewed: 1768 times - Wikimedia Foundation (Worldwide/Remote)

Senior Site Reliability Engineer


The Wikimedia Foundation is looking for a Senior Site Reliability Engineer to join our team, reporting to the manager of the Search Platform team. As the Site Reliability Engineer, you will be responsible for maintaining the platforms and services of the Search Platform team. In this role, you will maintain, upgrade and scale our Elasticsearch clusters, our RDF Graph endpoint and their supporting data infrastructure.

The Search Platform team is dedicated to “help people easily discover knowledge on Wikipedia and its sister projects by providing tools and infrastructure for casual readers and expert users with precise needs, while maintaining a strong emphasis on privacy.” We are a mixed-skill team composed of software engineers, a computational linguist, and a site reliability engineer. We are responsible for Search and the Wikidata Query Service. We are a fully remote team, spread across UTC-8 to UTC+1 timezones. When the world is not locked down by a pandemic, we see each other in person two or three times per year.

You are responsible for:

Deployment, scaling, monitoring, provisioning and support of our Search and SPARQL endpoints
Developing and supporting automation tools and processes in support of these tasks
Providing guidance and expertise to the team on productionizing our applications

Skills and Experience:

Comfortable working and thriving within a Linux ecosystem
Open to supporting JVM-based applications.
B.S. or M.S. in Computer Science or related field or equivalent in related work experience

Qualities that are important to us:  

Be passionate about free culture / open source

Additionally, we’d love it if you have:

Experience with search
Experience with event streaming platforms (Kafka or similar)

The Wikimedia Foundation is… 

…the nonprofit organization that hosts and operates Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia free knowledge projects. Our vision is a world in which every single human can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. We believe that everyone has the potential to contribute something to our shared knowledge, and that everyone should be able to access that knowledge, free of interference. We host the Wikimedia projects, build software experiences for reading, contributing, and sharing Wikimedia content, support the volunteer communities and partners who make Wikimedia possible, and advocate for policies that enable Wikimedia and free knowledge to thrive. The Wikimedia Foundation is a charitable, not-for-profit organization that relies on donations. We receive financial support from millions of individuals around the world, with an average donation of about $15. We also receive donations through institutional grants and gifts. The Wikimedia Foundation is a United States 501©(3) tax-exempt organization with offices in San Francisco, California, USA.

As an equal opportunity employer, the Wikimedia Foundation values having a diverse workforce and continuously strives to maintain an inclusive and equitable workplace. We encourage people with a diverse range of backgrounds to apply. We do not discriminate against any person based upon their race, traits historically associated with race, religion, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy or related medical conditions, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristics.

If you are a qualified applicant requiring assistance or an accommodation to complete any step of the application process due to a disability, you may contact us at or (415) 839-6885.

U.S. Benefits & Perks*

Fully paid medical, dental and vision coverage for employees and their eligible families (yes, fully paid premiums!)
The Wellness Program provides reimbursement for mind, body and soul activities such as fitness memberships, baby sitting, continuing education and much more
The 401(k) retirement plan offers matched contributions at 4% of annual salary
Flexible and generous time off – vacation, sick and volunteer days, plus 22 paid holidays – including the last week of the year.
Family friendly! 100% paid new parent leave for seven weeks plus an additional five weeks for pregnancy, flexible options to phase back in after leave, fully equipped lactation room.
For those emergency moments – long and short term disability, life insurance (2x salary) and an employee assistance program
Pre-tax savings plans for health care, child care, elder care, public transportation and parking expenses
Telecommuting and flexible work schedules available
Appropriate fuel for thinking and coding (aka, a pantry full of treats) and monthly massages to help staff relax
Paid travel to Wikimedia Foundation events all around the world!
Equipment including a laptop, monitor, plus a one-time stipend to cover any additional needs to make sure you have the best work experience
Great colleagues – diverse staff and contractors speaking dozens of languages from around the world, fantastic intellectual discourse, mission-driven and intensely passionate people

*Please note that for remote roles located outside of the U.S., we defer to our PEO to ensure alignment with local labor laws.

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