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Staff Site Reliability Engineer - Sydney at Aiven
Sydney City, New South Wales, AU

Headquartered in Helsinki with offices in Berlin, Sydney and Toronto, Aiven provides managed open-source data technologies, such as PostgreSQL, Kafka and M3, on all major clouds. We have raised $150M in VC funding to date and are backed by world-class investors including Atomico, IVP and Earlybird Venture Capital, among others. We plan to invest this funding back into open source.

Our roots are in open source. The services we provide are based on best-in-class open source data technologies. We are establishing the Open-Source Office that will coordinate and increase our contributions to the open source community.

Through Aiven, developers can do what they do best: create applications. Meanwhile, we do what we do best; manage cloud data infrastructure. We enable our customers to drive business results from open source resulting in true transformations far beyond their own backyards.

The Job

Please continue reading if you are a Staff/Principal Software Developer, Backend or Platform Engineer who loves Python programming, properly structured cloud infrastructure, solving complex technical problems, coaching other team members, building tools, and helping customers. We are looking for self-driven individuals who are enthusiastic about programming and willing to help others. We value analytical problem solving skills and an openness to new ideas.

You can be either based in Greater Sydney, working in a mix of office and home settings, or in any state of Australia and work fully remotely.

If you are equally passionate about cloud infrastructure as we are, and you want to be a part of our Global Tech Ops Team and contribute to a very well funded scale-up company, we want to hear from you!

Join our team and work on our cloud operations platform turning the best open source technologies into frustration-free cloud services. Our philosophy is to automate everything and avoid repetitive manual work in everything we do. Our own backend systems are mostly implemented in Python with bits of Java, Go and C. We offer and operate a number of complex open source databases such as PostgreSQL, MySQL and Apache Cassandra as well as other open source data technologies like Apache Kafka.

Please note that 90% of our code base is in Python so we need our team to be experienced Python programmers. To succeed in this role, you need a strong background in software development and an excellent understanding of Linux and networking.



  • Python systems programming (Python scripting experience is not enough for this position)
  • Improve scalability and reliability of Aiven Cloud Platform
  • Ensure our alerting, monitoring, and logging systems are tuned and 100% reliable
  • Depending on your interests, you can also participate in new feature development and help extend our product portfolio of open source data technologies.


  • A minimum of 15 years of solid software development experience (preferably backend or platform engineering)
  • Extensive Python programming experience (beyond Django or Flask)
  • Demonstrated cloud computing experience
  • Demonstrated experience working with database and messaging systems such as PostgreSQL, MySQL, Elasticsearch, Cassandra, Grafana, InfluxDB, Redis or Kafka
  • Demonstrated experience troubleshooting root-cause software issues and resolving customer issues in a timely manner
  • Excellent Linux systems administration and networking skills
  • Experience in systems automation
  • Good understanding of IT security
  • Distributed systems knowledge
  • We are looking for self-driven engineers who are enthusiastic about programming and willing to help others. We value analytical problem-solving skills and an openness to new ideas.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to communicate clearly, concisely and effectively with customers and colleagues
  • Fast learner, able to pick up new and unfamiliar technologies quickly
  • Experience contributing to open source technologies would be an added bonus


  • A dynamic start-up environment with a rapidly growing, international business
  • Stock options
  • 1.5% extra employer superannuation contribution on top of the guarantee rate
  • Subsidized private health insurance covers for employees' families
  • Highly experienced colleagues
  • Cool office in the centre of the city
  • We support our people's growth by covering costs of professional trainings, conferences and exams
  • Generous parental leave plans

If you’re interested, send us your application along with a link to your GitHub profile.


Diversity Statement

Aiven provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to age, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, physical and mental ability, marital and family status or without regard to any other similar personal attributes.

Aiven complies with applicable local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, training and any other terms and conditions related to employment.