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Systems Performance Engineer at Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. (allows remote)

Posted over 2 years ago


The Wikimedia Foundation is looking for a System Performance Engineer to join its Performance Team. We are a globally distributed and diverse team of engineers, motivated to explore and innovate with ways to improve and monitor the performance and availability of Wikipedia and its sister projects.

We continuously measure performance on a fully Free and Open Source software stack, monitoring synthetic measurements (WebPageTest, WebPageReplay, Browsertime) and Real User Monitoring (direct collection, stored in Prometheus/Graphite). We also monitor the performance of our backend services (PHP, MariaDB, Varnish) and leverage an ELK stack for logging. This wealth of performance data is made available to the public through Grafana dashboards and open datasets. We are looking to complement the team’s wide area of expertise with a person who has in-depth knowledge of system-level performance (Linux kernel, containers).

We strive to be the performance standard bearer in the Foundation and the Wikimedia community. We aim to be visible in the performance community and work to influence others and bring learnings to the team.

Wikipedia and its sister projects are themselves powered by Free and Open Source software with MediaWiki at their core, surrounded by an ecosystem of services in PHP, Node.js, and Python. The web traffic is served from geographically distributed caching clusters powered by Varnish and Apache Traffic Server.

If you find what we do interesting, and you are excited by improving the reliability and delivery of one of the Internet’s top 10 websites, you might be just the person we need. Come as you are!

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U.S. Benefits & Perks*

*Eligible international workers' benefits are specific to their location and dependent on their employer of record

More information

Wikimedia 2030
Wikimedia Medium Term Plan
Diversity and inclusion information for Wikimedia workers, by the numbers
Wikimania 2019
Annual Report - 2017 

This is Wikimedia Foundation 
Facts Matter
Our Projects
Fundraising Report

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