Software Engineer - Data Platform
Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.


Wikipedia is where the world turns to understand almost any topic — The Wikimedia Foundation is the small nonprofit that operates the infrastructure behind Wikipedia.  We are looking for a great software engineer with a strong focus on data who wants to modernize the infrastructure underlying Wikipedia with distributed storage, services and REST interfaces.  If this excites you, we welcome you to join us.


  • Collaborate with Product Owners, Engineers and stakeholders on product discovery and improvements of our existing systems

  • Design and implement effective storage solutions and data models with reusability in mind.

  • Articulate and curate the flow of information across our diverse range of systems

  • Recommend solutions to improve new and existing storage and delivery systems

  • Monitor system performance and identify, define, and implement internal process improvements and SLOs

  • Analyse and determine service discoverability, capacity plans, and  availability

  • Change the world for more than half a billion people every month ;)

Skills and Experience

  • You have experience analysing, reasoning about, optimising and implementing complex systems, for example, large messaging platforms.

  • You have experience with NoSQL and traditional databases.

  • You have experience with Java and/or Scala and the willingness to use the right tool for the job, we use Nodejs, Python and Go where it makes sense.

  • You enjoy writing unit tests, reviewing code, responding to code reviews and discussing architectural approaches.

  • You have experience working with an engineering team, and can communicate effectively with other stakeholders.

  • You have a track record of combining a solid long-term architectural strategy with short-term progress.

  • With freedom comes responsibility. You direct your own work and are proactive in asking for input.

  • You have a scientific mindset and empirically test your hypotheses.

  • BS, MS, or PhD in Computer Science, or a related field or equivalent work experience


  • Experience working with microservice architectures

  • Familiar with sStreaming paradigmes and Big Data Technologies (Kafka, Hadoop, Storm, Flink, Spark, etc)

  • Experience with open source technology and free culture, and have contributed to open source projects

  • Experience working remotely

  • You know what it means to be a volunteer or to coordinate the work of volunteers

  • Big ups if you are a contributor to Wikipedia

  • Please provide us with information you feel would be useful to us in gaining a better understanding of your technical background and accomplishments

Show us your stuff! If you have any existing open source software that you've developed (these could be your own software or patches to other packages), please share the URLs for the source. Links to GitHub, etc. are exceptionally useful.

About the Wikimedia Foundation

The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization that operates Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Wikipedia and the other projects operated by the Wikimedia Foundation receive more than 431 million unique visitors per month, making them the 5th most popular web property worldwide. Available in more than 287 languages, Wikipedia contains more than 32 million articles contributed by a global volunteer community of more than 100,000 people. Based in San Francisco, California, the Wikimedia Foundation is an audited, 501(c)(3) charity that is funded primarily through donations and grants. The Wikimedia Foundation was created in 2003 to manage the operation of Wikipedia and its sister projects. It currently employs over 208 staff members. Wikimedia is supported by local chapter organizations in 40 countries or regions.

The Wikimedia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer, and we encourage people with a diverse range of backgrounds to apply.

The Wikimedia Foundation offers competitive benefits including fully paid medical, dental, and vision coverage for employees and their eligible families (yes, fully paid premiums!). The Wellness Program provides reimbursement for mind, body and soul activities such as fitness memberships, massages, cooking classes, and much more. The 401(k) retirement plan offers matched contributions at 4% of annual salary.

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

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