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Database Engineer

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

Sciencescape is an end-to-end research discovery, sharing, and management platform for peer-reviewed Life Science literature.  We could go on and on but it might be easier to just watch the handy explainer video: http://sciencescape.org/

We believe Sciencescape can accelerate the work scientists and researchers are doing by enabling them to see relevant work being done in their field, learn about breaking research in real-time, and understand historic discoveries in context. If scientists can find and share important information more efficiently, they can design more novel experiments and make the next big advance.

Up to the task?

We’re looking for a jack-of-all-trades database architect to join our growing team and really get their hands dirty in a startup.  If architecting and managing databases that handle 55 million documents (35 million of which are publically viewable), and scaling this beast even further, sound appealing we need to talk. 

The kind of things you'd be doing:

  • Your responsibilities will include database architecture, maintenance, audit, business intelligence, data security and scalability, report creation, data duplication & disaster recovery planning;
  • Working directly with our CTO and our lead developer on an incredibly challenging and rewarding database infrastructure;
  • Collecting and documenting user and developer requirements, designing and developing the databases;
  • Designing, constructing, modifying, implementing and testing data models and database management systems;
  • Conducting research and providing advice to developers around best practices and software optimization;
  • Making sure that databases are always replicated, backed up and secure to facilitate disaster recovery;
  • Creating reports to analyze data – did we mention there’s A LOT of data?
  • Developing and implementing data administration policy, standards and models;
  • Leading and co-ordinating the development and implementation of data policies, standards and models.

What's in it for you?

  • Unbeatable downtown location (across from Union Station)
  • A very competitive salary
  • Meaningful industry experience and deep exposure to business practices
  • Mentoring and guidance from one of our founders
  • Great team spirit
  • Rewarding challenges

Ideal qualifications*:

  • University degree in information technology or equivalent work experience;
  • At least three years of work experience in dynamic & growing environments, working under pressure, under tight deadlines;
  • Creative and analytical thinking skills with a deep understanding of data systems, database methodology, design and modeling;
  • Advanced MySQL skills;
  • Experience configuring Amazon EC2 web service (with multiple read-only slave DBs);
  • C++;
  • Sphinx is a plus;
  • Experience developing compliance documents, keeping audit logs of database access, etc.;
  • Experience with Drupal, PHP or Java development  would be a strong asset;
  • Excellent verbal and communication skills;
  • Attention to detail.

* If you don’t perfectly fit the bill but learn fast and feel that you’re up to the task, try us anyway.

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