Staff Database Engineer

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What Airbnb is looking for in applicants

Airbnb is a mission-driven company dedicated to helping create a world where anyone can belong anywhere. It takes a unified team committed to our core values to achieve this goal. Airbnb's various functions embody the company's innovative spirit and our fast-moving team is committed to leading as a 21st century company.

About the team: 

Airbnb storage team’s mission is to provide reliable, secure, performant data storage solutions to our customers to help achieve Airbnb’s mission. Storage team’s responsible for building, managing, and operating mission critical data storage solutions whether it’s transactional, NoSQL, KV, document, caching store. 

As a member of this team you would be working with talented engineers on cutting edge technologies to help support Airbnb’s business. You will be the resident expert on data storage solutions to provide guidance to our teams on the effective use of technologies, their usage in large scale architecture and performance optimization.  

Your Responsibilities

  • Operate, and support Airbnb database systems currently running on AWS-Aurora
  • Partner with teams across the organizations to drive performance, security, scalability, availability, reliability, observability for data stores
  • Design, improve, automate, and document processes
  • Diagnose and effectively communicate the root cause of database issues
    • Apply inspection/debugging techniques to metrics/telemetry, logs, events, and other information sources to diagnose operational issues
    • Participate in incident response activities
    • Document and present incident postmortems
    • Serve on an on-call rotation to address high-priority issues as they arise


  • 5+ years experience administering production data stores whether relational, NoSQL, or NewSQL
  • 5+ years experience in programming and optimizing database code, SQL or otherwise
  • 5+ years experience designing and/or tuning database schema/structures
  • 2+ years experience with a general purpose programming language (for example: Python)

Nice to Haves

  • Experience administering AWS-Aurora
  • Experience administering NoSQL or NewSQL databases, TiDB, CockroachTB,  YugaByte
  • Experience writing software in Python and/or Golang, Rust
  • Experience with AWS and/or GCP
  • Experience with Infrastructure as Code, especially Ansible or Terraform

The starting base pay for this role is between $190,000 and $245,000. The actual base pay is dependent upon many factors, such as: education, experience, and skills. The base pay range is subject to change and may be modified in the future. This role may also be eligible for bonus, equity, benefits, and Employee Travel Credits.

We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, or veteran status. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.

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