Database Engineer

Job description

Our mission is to defend human rights and democracy through building software that is essential for digital freedom and privacy protection for all Internet users.

ProtonMail was founded in 2014 by a group of scientists who met at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). And since its inception, the company has grown at a fast pace and today has over 26 million users. Our principal product, ProtonMail, is the world’s largest secure email service. Our second product, ProtonVPN, is one of the world’s most popular VPN services. Our vision is to build an Internet platform for the protection of digital rights, and we are also developing additional products such as ProtonCalendar, ProtonDrive, and much more.

Proton users include leaders of the Hong Kong protest movement, New York Times journalists, some of the world’s largest corporations, and millions of ordinary citizens from over 180 countries. Our team is diverse and dynamic, representing over 30 different nationalities, with offices in Geneva, Zurich, Prague, Vilnius, Skopje, San Francisco, and Taipei.

Databases form the backbone of internet services and must scale with our growth while being highly reliable. You will join a growing database team to improve and scale our relational databases and plan for disaster recovery. You will collaborate with various backend teams to ensure the efficient use of data storage.

Your work will directly improve the user experience of millions of people around the world. You should have extensive experience developing and operating distributed and highly-available systems.


What you will do:

  • Support backend team's database needs (schema changes, indexes)
  • Create, migrate and split shards
  • Improve alerting, failovers and backups (hot and cold)
  • Automate, deploy, monitor, and troubleshoot critical database systems
  • Participate in rotating on-call duties in a global, 24x7x365, team

Job requirements

  • Expert on relational databases (MySQL, Oracle DB)
  • Software engineering experience with production systems (Python, PHP)
  • Experienced with Linux and automation (Ansible, Puppet)
  • Bonus: worked with cold storage and tape backups

Why you should join Proton:

  • We work on interesting, challenging problems every day. There is never a dull moment.
  • Our startup culture means everyone’s opinion matters. You can have a significant impact.
  • Our rapid growth means there are many opportunities for advancement.
  • The chance to do something meaningful. Proton products protect dissidents, journalists, and activists. Our work saves lives.
  • Be part of something bigger. Millions of people and businesses around the world have embraced our idea of an Internet where privacy and security are the default. Join the privacy revolution that is changing the world.

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