Posted 07 Apr 2020

University of Washington

Seattle IT Jobs (Database Administrator Jobs)

IHME has an outstanding opportunity for a Database Administrator II. Funding is currently available until June 2021 with a possibility of renewal. The Database Administrator will be responsible for supporting and securing multi-terabyte databases used to enhance research efforts, as well as improving our ability to illustrate and disseminate global health trends through innovative means. This individual will also serve the critical function of keeping database technologies up to date to meet research needs effectively and efficiently. This individual will lead the implementation of new database software and hardware in consultation with database and software engineering staff.

A successful candidate will be passionate about big data, experienced in open source database administration, and committed to being part of an agile development team in pursuit of turning raw data into global impact.

Responsibilities include:

Database architecture, administration, and security

Research, recommend, and implement distributed database software and hardware systems. Work with system and database administrators to build stable, reliable, and scalable data management environments. Lead the installation, configuration, and tuning of development, test, and production database environments. Ensure that backup and archiving procedures are functioning correctly. Devise, implement, and maintain database monitoring and reporting tools. Work to automate database administrative tasks and provide self-service user tools wherever possible.

Planning and research learning

Stay up to date on the latest technologies surrounding high performance operating systems and open source database management systems. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the components of IHME’s data architecture. Plan and track projects and tasks and provide input to higher level timelines to deliver both iterative milestones and completed products.


Communicate clearly and effectively while contributing as a productive member of the database team and the Institute as a whole.

As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.


Bachelor’s degree in computer science, management information systems, or related field plus five years’ related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Additional Requirements: Extensive knowledge of backing up, restoring, and maintaining databases with extremely large datasets Deep understanding of multiple open source database systems such as MySQL, PostGres, MariaDB Spider, Columnstore, or Clustrix Familiarity with Linux Containers and Virtualization (Docker/LXC, VSphere, OpenStack) Experience with monitoring and metrics gathering tools (ELK stack, Nagios, Sensu, MonYog) Outstanding interpersonal skills, including a team ethic and focus on relationship building Demonstrated organizational skills, self-motivation, flexibility, strong communication skills, and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, energetic, highly creative, entrepreneurial environment

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


Experience with distributed storage systems such as Qumulo, CEPH, Stornext, etc. Solid systems administration and automation skills (i.e., Salt, Ansible, Chef) Experience in MPP databases


Evening/weekend work may be required

Application Process: The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

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