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Backend Engineer, Database

Published on 01.12.2022


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Position : Backend Engineer, Database

Remote, Global
The GitLab DevOps platform empowers 100,000+ organizations to deliver software faster and more efficiently. We are one of the world’s largest all-remote companies with 2,000+ team members and values that guide a culture where people embrace the belief that everyone can contribute.

Our ambitions are to grow and scale GitLab. To do this, we are hiring Ruby on Rails engineers to help develop and strengthen the application’s database layer.

The Database Group develops solutions for scalability, application performance, data growth and developer enablement, especially where it concerns database interactions. It’s an exciting time for you to join our team as we scale our applications to meet our users' demand. Thanks to our Transparency value, you can see what we are working on in our Database Group page. You can even see our roadmap and listen to some of our meetings. 

Database Group engineers know a great deal about databases, but aren't DBAs. They contribute code and assist other teams in developing application changes to improve database performance, availability, and reliability.
The Work
Enablement, as the name suggests, is about enabling development efficiencies for our greater development community and improving our scalability story for We have some lofty goals we want to achieve in the next year. We cannot do all of the work we have identified by ourselves, so we are creating tools to enable teams to implement scalable solutions. Some examples:

  • Automated database migration testing
  • Database Partitioning
  • Reduce total size and growth of's PostgreSQL database
  • Address Primary Key overflow risk for tables with an integer PK

What you will do 

  • Develop new features in collaboration with our product management, UX, technical writing, and frontend teams.
  • Iterate towards the best solution.
  • Reviewing database-related changes submitted by other engineers or community contributors.
  • Documenting database best practices or patterns to avoid.
  • Developing tooling to proactively inform developers of potential performance issues.
  • Research, design, and implement solutions to improve product performance. 
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What you will bring 

  • You have significant professional software engineering experience with PostgreSQL, or another relational database, in large production environments.
  • You have significant experience with Ruby on Rails or other Ruby frameworks.
  • You can reason about software, algorithms, and performance from a high level.
  • You are passionate about open source.
  • You have strong written communication skills.
  • You are able to thrive in a fully remote organization.
  • You have worked within a Git-driven environment.
  • You share our values and work in accordance with those values.


  • Experience in a Tech startup, scale-up environment 
  • Experience with the GitLab product as a user or contributor.
  • Product company experience.
  • Experience working with a remote team.
  • Experience working with a global, or otherwise multicultural, team.
  • Passionate about or experienced with open source and developer tooling.
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IT, new technologies
Industries :
IT, software engineering, Internet
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Central - Coast - Eastern - Nairobi - North Eastern - Nyanza - Rift Valley - Western - International
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2 to 5 years
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Number of Position(s) : 1
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