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Seeking PostgreSQL DBA in Chicago Area

From: Shaun Thomas <sthomas(at)leapfrogonline(dot)com>
To: <pgsql-jobs(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Seeking PostgreSQL DBA in Chicago Area
Date: 2008-12-05 22:00:44
Message-ID: 200812051600.44341.sthomas@leapfrogonline.com (view raw or flat)
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Database Administrators to arms!  Leapfrog Online
[http://www.leapfrogonline.com/] is seeking an experienced and highly
*agile* fledgling or master DBA to soothe and pamper several bulky
PostgreSQL databases in the Chicago area.

Wait... What?!

On paper, we're a customer-acquisition firm, but the important part for
a DBA: lots and lots of data. We have billing data, session data,
transactional data, provisioning data, decisioning data, REST data,
reporting data in star schemas and staging tables galore; data, data,
*data*.  Why?  To prove to our clients their new customers were
supplied by *us*, and to improve the process.  Really, we need some
help here, and that's where *you* come in.

Of course there's the usual duties: query and table optimization, schema
design and modeling; system monitoring, backups, maintenance, and
replication; occasional database-related system administration and
software upgrades; etc.  You spent years obtaining esoteric
incantations to subdue a misbehaving query intent on performing
parallel sequence-scans on four of your largest tables, you've shrugged
at single tables that exceed one hundred gigabytes, you know why a
nested-loop sub-tree on an optimistic index probability caused by
shallow statistics is a *bad* thing.  If you even understood that last
sentence, we want your resume yesterday!

We *hope* you're well acquainted with PostgreSQL, know some MySQL, maybe
dabbled a little in SQL Server, and thoughts of possibly administering
Oracle won't make you cower in fear.  If you've ever coded stored
procedures in a PL/SQL variant, there's plenty to peruse here.  We also
have copious amounts of fact tables based on the standard star-schema
model, and heterogeneous data to fill them, with more looming on the
horizon. Know Linux or any major Unix? Shell script in your sleep?
Think in third normal form? Good, because we do a little bit of
everything here.

And hey, even if you *can't* do everything we've mentioned here, a few
will do just fine as long as you're competent, willing to learn, and
really want to delve into the nitty-gritty substrate and become a
better DBA.

What the Heck is a Leapfrog?  Why is it Online?

We're not a soulless marketing firm!  Our tech department, and by
extension the data team, firmly believes in Open Source methodology.
Our primary database is PostgreSQL [http://www.postgresql.org/], with
read-only mirrors handled via Slony [http://www.slony.info/], with
UnixODBC [http://www.unixodbc.org/] when accessing commercial
databases.  Our version-tracking is Subversion
[http://subversion.tigris.org/], and we employ the main developers of
nose [http://somethingaboutorange.com/mrl/projects/nose/] and fixture
[http://farmdev.com/projects/fixture/], among other notable members
[http://www.softiesonrails.com/] of the FOSS community.  We even
presented at the last PyCon!  We keep a running list of FOSS in use
here, and it's currently over 100-items long.

The entire company is also a firm believer in Agile's values, with Scrum
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SCRUM] as our preferred implementation.
We'll gladly take planned iterative development over *emergency driven*
development any day!

As an employee, you can look forward to our *aggressive disdain* for
long hours, almost shamelessly casual atmosphere, and for the hungry
among you, bagels on Friday. What's not to love?

So if you want to apply, send an email to
techposition(at)leapfrogonline(dot)com with a copy of your resume and salary
history, and we'll give you a call.

--
Shaun Thomas
Database Administrator

Leapfrog Online
807 Greenwood Street
Evanston, IL 60201
Tel. 847-440-8253
Fax. 847-570-5750
www.leapfrogonline.com

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