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Emory Healthcare/Emory University Cloud Database Engineer in Atlanta, Georgia

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Emory University is a leading research university that fosters excellence and attracts world-class talent to innovate today and prepare leaders for the future. We welcome candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.


If you are an aspiring Cloud Database Engineer looking for an exciting opportunity to leverage your experience in DevOps and Cloud database technologies, look no further. Come, join us on our journey to the future and be part of a dynamic team. Don't miss this opportunity to work for an organization with noble cause while enjoying work/life balance and excellent training opportunities. We value those who are curious about technology, collaborative, service oriented, possess detail-oriented mindset, and strive to make things better.

Designs, manages, and upgrades databases for Emory Enterprise-wide services. Serves as a technical resource for applications owners to explain and resolve technical issues and create efficiencies. Analyzes, researches and recommends database solutions for enterprise-wide customers and applications. Provides database expertise to address issues and recommend solutions. Evaluates database performance to optimize service levels. Performs rotating on-call duties to support enterprise-wide applications. Interacts with IT management and applications owners to explain technical issues, features, requirements and database systems components.

The Cloud Database Engineer will manage several existing databases and partner with development teams to implement AWS cloud database migration strategy for moving on premises COTS and in house-built applications. Define, develop, and implement automated and repeatable processes to meet cloud data requirements, including those for availability, reliability, confidentiality, integrity, performance, scalability, auditing, and security using AWS tools and processes. Development as well as operations including database builds, configuration, migrations, backup, recovery, performance tuning, data security by collaborating with other IT teams such as Cloud Engineering, Research Solutions, Enterprise Applications, Systems administration, Storage, and Security. Provide routine maintenance, monitoring, performance tuning, troubleshooting and problem resolution for production and non-production databases, including security and software updates. Production operations responsibilities as part of a team for maintaining 24/7 coverage. Ongoing automation and enhancements of the database platforms. Upgrade current databases to newer versions in alignment with vendor roadmaps. Work closely with application teams as a trusted advisor showcasing customer centricity and service management. Collaborate and offer leadership in chartering new technologies and develop pilot projects.

Strong expertise in leading the design and operation of multiple database hosting platforms. Must have hands-on experience in the following databases - PostgreSQL, MySQL, AWS DB Hosting (RDS). Oracle, SQL Server, MongoDB experience is nice to have but not required. Expertise in at least three of the following - Ansible, Jenkins, Git, Python, CloudFormation. Experience successfully working as part of a cross-functional agile development team, interacting effectively with developers, systems engineers, data engineers, system stakeholders, and the customer. Understanding of emerging IT trends. Actively follows new cloud data architecture patterns and tooling options. Experience defining, developing and implementing automated and repeatable cloud automation processes for databases (monitoring/alerting, backup, recovery, high availability, upgrades, etc.) using AWS and other standard automation tools, such as CloudFormation and Ansible. Working knowledge of DevOps, automation and metrics driven continuous process improvement. Experience working within an IT Service methodology/framework, such as ITIL and knowledge of ServiceNow.

Familiarity with principles and practices of Change Management, Configuration Management, Project Management, and Systems Development Lifecycle. Experience designing and managing services that protect sensitive data, such as data that is regulated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), and Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). Expertise in solving problems under ambiguous situations. Must be able to process both abstract and concrete information, consider alternatives, and think outside the box. Form collaborative partnerships grounded in trust and integrity with customers, peers, stakeholders, and leadership. Self-starter, team player, highly motivated individual with excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.


  • Mentors DBA team members to support skill building and knowledge sharing. Supports disaster recovery activities and planning to ensure database availability and continuity.

  • Conducts formal and informal training to increase users' skills and knowledge and to maximize database system usage.

  • Acts as a technical resource to assist with planning and managing database projects.

  • Automates common database administration and monitoring tasks to improve efficiency.

  • Evaluates requirements to ensure proper database solutions are implemented.

  • Coordinates systems efforts to ensure solutions are implemented within the appropriate timeframe.

  • Installs software to meet solution implementation requirements.

  • Builds databases and services to support applications.

  • Creates services to ensure efficient database operations.

  • Establishes database system standards to ensure team procedures are consistent.

  • Researches and reviews new products to determine potential fit with the Emory IT infrastructure.

  • Reviews technical papers to assist with decisions on technologies. Recommends solutions to fill infrastructure gaps.

  • Evaluates additional features of existing products and toolsets to determine potential usefulness.

  • Monitors logs and scripts and troubleshoots database environments to identify and resolve problems and to maintain availability. Responds to database and application incidents to determine problems and escalate issues to database team members and vendors.

  • Experience designing and managing services that protect sensitive data, such as data that is regulated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), and Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).

  • Defines back-up policies to ensure data consistency and recoverability.

  • Coordinates back-up timing to avoid application processing conflicts.

  • Assists with upgrades to ensure application databases function properly. Performs related responsibilities as assigned.


  • A bachelor's degree in IT or related field and three years of relevant IT experience in database administration that includes developing application queries or stored procedures, OR an equivalent combination of education, training, and/or experience.


  • Oracle, SQL Server, MongoDB, DynamoDB and other non-relational database experience is nice to have but not required

  • Hands-on experience successfully migrating data from on premise applications to a public cloud, preferably using AWS DMS (Database Migration Services) and Schema Conversion tool. Experience migrating Oracle to PostgreSQL will help

  • AWS certification is preferred, even if not current

  • Working knowledge and experience with DevOps (including infrastructure as code) tools, practice, and site reliability engineering principles in an AWS environment

  • Experience with operating in an Agile Scrum setting

  • Experience implementing best practices for monitoring and proactively identifying performance issues within AWS database technologies

  • Bachelor's degree (or equivalent experience) and 3+ years of related work experience which includes the design and implementation of databases on multiple platforms.

NOTE: This role will be granted the opportunity to work from home temporarily during the COVID-19 pandemic, with intent to return to an Emory University location in the future. Emory reserves the right to change this status with notice to employee.

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Job Number 64288

Job Type Regular Full-Time

Division Office Information Technology

Department OIT: Database Administration

This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues: Not Applicable

Job Category Information Technology

Location : Name Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor

Campus Location (For Posting) : Location US-GA-Atlanta