Thread: PostgreSQL Database Administrator

Started: 2020-10-06 17:25:48
Last activity: 2020-10-06 17:25:48
Chad Trabant
2020-10-06 17:25:48
Institution: Trabant
Open Until: 2020-10-16

The Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) seeks an experienced Database Administrator (DBA) at the IRIS Data Management Center (DMC) in Seattle, Washington. This is an excellent opportunity for a motivated self-starter to be part of an international seismological data center. Our center is responsible for archival and dissemination of large-scale geophysical datasets to the geoscience research community.

This position independently maintains and administers 10+ terabyte replicated production and testbed databases. In addition to administrating our existing databases, we are looking for a candidate who is adept at cloud database design and implementation for a planned integration with another geophysical data center and migration to a common cloud environment. We offer competitive salaries, an excellent benefits package and a terrific work atmosphere. Remote telework option is available.


· Proactively identify, troubleshoot and resolve database issues

· Plan and perform PostgreSQL installations, configurations and upgrades as needed

· Create solutions to increase scalability, speed, and resilience of database transactions to carry out a wide array of data-intensive operations

· Develop and implement monitoring and reporting for technically-oriented users

· Interface with software developers to support database persistence needs

· Design and implement robust database solutions for a new cloud-based system

· Develop and maintain DBA procedure documentation


· A four-year degree in Information Science, Computer Science, Earth Science, or related technical field.

· Three (3) or more years of experience in database administration with demonstrated achievement on specific projects or tasks, such as partitioning, upgrades, and optimization.


· Hands-on, in-depth experience with PostgreSQL, including database design, installation, configuration, upgrade, replication and development and implementation of backup strategies

· Extensive SQL knowledge including query optimization

· Experience with running database in a cloud or virtualized environment

· Strong written documentation skills.

· Strong communication skills with team members and end users.

· Excellent time management and organizational skills in order to meet deadlines in addition to working collaboratively with coworkers

· Ability to quickly reprioritize objectives independently and effectively

· Excellent attention to detail

· Expertise working with technical and scientific data is a plus.

Candidates should submit a letter of interest and a resume highlighting pertinent work experience by October 16, 2020 to job<at> with the subject line "IRIS DBA".

The IRIS Consortium has a membership of over 120 US universities dedicated to the operation of science facilities for the acquisition, management, and distribution of seismological data. For more information on IRIS, consult

IRIS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe a diverse staff makes us a stronger organization. IRIS is committed to hiring people of all ages, races, ethnicities, genders (except where sex is a bona fide occupational qualification), sexual orientation or gender identities, marital status, veteran status, religions and disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.
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