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Systems / Infrastructure Engineer

at Burst in Waltham, MA   —   Jul 23, 2014   |  
Looking for a super-smart, battle-tested systems engineer to bootstrap, grow and manage the production and development infrastructure of this fast-paced video+mobile+cloud startup.

Perfect candidate is a cross between:

Linux Admin demigod
TCP/IP guru
Open Systems Architect
Learns at least one new technology a week
Has worked in and built startups from the ground up

Please: no recruiters, and we are unable to process H1B's.
Initial job focus will be setting up development systems, like version control, bug tracking, continuous integration, automated testing, etc.
Mid-term focus will be building out the cloud-based infrastructure that will serve as the back-end to the video capture, storage and sharing platform.
Long-term (and overarching focus from day one) will be scalability, manageability, performance, and uptime.
Familiarity with the following desired:
In-depth knowledge of Linux (CentOS, Red Hat) admin
Advanced IP networking, TCP/IP troubleshooting, Video/audio codecs, compression
Amazon EC2 & S3, RackSpace Cloud, Akamai, Virtualization (Xen, VMware), RAID, SAN, HA Load balancers (F5 BigIP, Cisco, Foundry ServerIron), server farm config management, release management
Security (all aspects); must secure sensitive personal data in the cloud; Encryption, PCI, IDS, DDOS
Postgres, MySQL, mem.cached, Oracle, database admin & performance management
familiarity with NoSQL systems like Hadoop, Hive, Cassandra
Lucene, Solr, Scribe, Nagios, Cacti, Ganglia, Big Brother, Apache, Varnish
Subversion, CVS, Hudson, CruiseControl, JVM profiling tools, Bugzilla, JIRA, Confluence, Twiki, J2EE admin & performance support
Ability to write Perl/Python/PHP, and manage/performance-debug Java, Ruby, C++
We understand that one person is not going to be an expert in all of the above but we’re looking for that one core systems engineer superstar who will be the backbone and focal point of the infrastructure team as the company grows. This engineer must have a never-say-die attitude, be able to learn quickly what s/he doesn’t know, and above all else, must think and breathe 100% uptime without access to a million-dollar budget at every turn.
Ours is a flat structure. We're not big fans of what we consider vertical ambition—that is, the usual career-path trajectory, in which a newbie moves up the ladder from associate to manager to VP over a number of years of service. On the other hand, we revere horizontal ambition—in which employees who love what they do are encouraged to dig deeper, expand their knowledge, and become better at it. We try to hire people who yearn to be master craftspeople, that is, designers who want to be great designers, not managers of designers; developers who want to master the art of programming, not management. Having said that, if you join now, you’d be getting in on the ground floor and inevitably become a core lynchpin of the company’s success, and rise with the tide. Leadership opportunities will inevitably present themselves.
Masters or Bachelors in Computer Science or Engineering
Salary + Equity
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