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Site Reliability Engineer

London, United Kingdom

As part of our development team you’ll work with  an infrastructure that processes hundreds of thousands of social media posts  and serves over 45 million API requests every single day.

Altmetric analyses the online activity around scholarly content to measure the broader impact of science and research. We deliver and support products such as the Altmetric Explorer and the Altmetric badges. Our customers include institutions across Europe, North America and Australia and scholarly publishers such as Springer Nature, Wiley, Taylor & Francis and MIT Press.

You will be part of a team responsible for the stability and performance of our platform and  will contribute to improvements on how we continuously deliver our products ensuring the security, and integrity of our systems.

Examples of our recent infrastructure projects include:

  • Migration of our entire application deployment infrastructure to container based deployment
  • Development of a new open-source software deployment platform for our containerised applications
  • Deployment of a centralised logging service
  • Across the board updates to latest versions of server OS, database and configuration management infrastructure

You’ll need production experience with:

  • General operation/management/security for  Linux-based systems (particularly Debian-based operating systems such as Ubuntu);
  • At least one programming language (Ruby preferred, BASH/Python/others also useful)
  • CI/CD systems (Github, CircleCI, Jenkins)
  • Container management/orchestration (Docker, Hashicorp Nomad/Consul)
  • Running web applications (such as PHP, Ruby on Rails or Django applications), preferably in a high-throughput environment;
  • Server and resource monitoring (Sensu, Grafana, InfluxDB)
  • Configuration management software such as Chef or Puppet (we use Chef but we can teach you this as a configuration management mindset is more important than specific tooling)

Ultimately, we’re looking for people who are keen to learn and flexible in their approach.

We offer a competitive market rate salary and all members of the team are provided with a MacBook Pro (we are happy to discuss your requirements before you join) and have an annual training & conference budget including international travel. We are users of open source software and we support this in any way we can. We also offer company benefits such as a personal pension plan, life assurance cover, childcare vouchers and a travel or bike loan. You also get to hang out with Question Hound who will always be there to support you (along with the rest of our team) when and if things do go wrong.

We’re based in Kings Cross, in the Kings Place building. As a portfolio company of Digital Science & Research Solutions Ltd, we share our office with other scientific start-ups including figshare, Overleaf & Symplectic.

If this role interests you, please apply here.