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Staff Software Engineer, Database Infrastructure



Software Engineering, Other Engineering
United States
Posted on Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Airbnb was born in 2007 when two Hosts welcomed three guests to their San Francisco home, and has since grown to over 4 million Hosts who have welcomed more than 1 billion guest arrivals in almost every country across the globe. Every day, Hosts offer unique stays and experiences that make it possible for guests to connect with communities in a more authentic way.

The Community You Will Join:

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.

The Difference You Will Make:

  • 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 relational databases.
  • Design frameworks and maintain the general ecosystem around relational databases, including schema management, monitoring, permissions, service discovery integration, and more.
  • Design, automate, and document database operations.
  • 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

Your Expertise:

  • 5+ years of relevant industry experience
  • Solid understanding of systems and infrastructure fundamentals
  • Experience maintaining, analyzing, and debugging production systems
  • Experience with writing robust automation frameworks and tooling
  • Experience writing software in scripting languages like Python or Ruby
  • Experience in Java, Go, C++, or Rust

Nice to Haves

  • Experience with AWS Aurora MySQL, Community MySQL, or MariaDB
  • Experience with NoSQL or NewSQL databases, TiDB
  • Experience with database schema design and query performance profiling
  • Experience with AWS and/or GCP
  • Experience with Infrastructure as Code, such as Chef and Terraform

Your Location:

This position is US - Remote Eligible. The role may include occasional work at an Airbnb office or attendance at offsites, as agreed to with your manager. While the position is Remote Eligible, you must live in a state where Airbnb, Inc. has a registered entity. Click here for the up-to-date list of excluded states. This list is continuously evolving, so please check back with us if the state you live in is on the exclusion list. If your position is employed by another Airbnb entity, your recruiter will inform you what states you are eligible to work from.

Our Commitment To Inclusion & Belonging:

Airbnb is committed to working with the broadest talent pool possible. We believe diverse ideas foster innovation and engagement, and allow us to attract creatively-led people, and to develop the best products, services and solutions. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.

We strive to also provide a disability inclusive application and interview process. If you are a candidate with a disability and require reasonable accommodation in order to submit an application,, please contact us at: Please include your full name, the role you’re applying for and the accommodation necessary to assist you with the recruiting process.

We ask that you only reach out to us if you are a candidate whose disability prevents you from being able to complete our online application.

How We'll Take Care of You:

Our job titles may span more than one career level. The actual base pay is dependent upon many factors, such as: training, transferable skills, work experience, business needs and market demands. 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.

Pay Range
$204,000$254,000 USD