SENIOR DATABASE ENGINEER (DEVELOPER/DEVOPS)

Technology & Analytics Houston, Texas Remote, United States


Position at Medidata Solutions

Medidata: Conquering Diseases Together

Together Medidata is leading the digital transformation of life sciences, creating hope for millions of patients. Medidata helps generate the evidence and insights to help pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device and diagnostics companies, and academic researchers accelerate value, minimize risk, and optimize outcomes. More than one million registered users across 1,400 customers and partners access the world's most-used platform for clinical development, commercial, and real-world data. Medidata, a Dassault Systèmes company, is headquartered in New York City and has offices around the world to meet the needs of its customers. Discover more at www.medidata.com.

Your Mission:

Medidata is the leader in developing the technologies that allow our customers to get the medicines to patients faster. Building on our long history of delivering world-class clinical applications to the life sciences industry, Medidata’s Product Organization is staffed with a passionate team of product management experts, tackling the industry’s most difficult technical challenges in order to push the boundaries of possibility for our clients and most importantly, for patients. Together we can deliver meaningful advanced digital transformation to the industry in order to achieve our vision.

A love of learning and developing innovative solutions using programming tools is a must.  The Senior Database Engineer will be responsible for developing automated solutions to resolve complex database operational tasks. High priority skills include development of python applications, development of PowerShell modules, development of T-SQL scripts, and integrating with automation tools.  The large and diverse database environment at Medidata is perfect for those individuals with an eye for performance tuning and optimization. 

Your Competencies:

  • Provide database engineering support for large mission critical systems running SQL Server, MongoDB, and Snowflake

  • Implement high availability, database replication, database sharding and partitioning

  • Collaborate with other database engineers to commit, test, and review code in GitHub

  • Develop automations to make database operations more efficient

  • Learn new database technologies as application architecture evolves

  • Integrate with application development teams to champion various SQL and NoSQL database technologies

  • Diagnose and resolve production database and application problems within defined SLAs

  • Develop proactive alert and monitoring tools to assist in high performance of large Microsoft SQL Server environment.

  • Plan and implement database upgrades and migrations as needed.

  • Assist internal and external stakeholders in developing high performing queries and ETL solutions

  • Monitor and identify database bottlenecks before critical incidents adversely affect our clients

  • Participate in agile software development processes

  • Assist in creating documented processes and procedures to solve complex problems 

  • Work closely with R&D application development team

  • Ability to lead projects/initiatives and act as mentor for other database engineers in the team

  • Ability to work in a globally diversified team of database engineers

  • Recommend, implement, and maintain best practices and corporate standards

  • Participate in an on-call rotation with other database engineers to provide 24x7 support

  • Strong programming skills in at least one major programming language required. (Ex. Python, Java, C#, C++, Go)

  • Ability to work in Windows and Linux environments as needed

  • Knowledge of Git and GitHub

  • Ability to work with cross functional teams to troubleshoot full application stack

  • Familiarity with AWS, On premise, and Hybrid cloud solutions

  • Experience with identifying database performance issues and making recommendations towards resolution

  • Ability to write and maintain Python applications and PowerShell scripts

  • Knowledge of Agile Methodologies

  • Knowledge of the Software Development Life Cycle SDLC

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal

Your Education & Experience:

  • Bachelors or Masters degree in Computer Science, Data Science, Information Systems, or Engineering preferred

  • 8+ years. of experience in Database Engineering, DevOps, or Application Development  

Knowledge, Skills & Competencies a plus but not required:

  • Experience with High Availability (HA) and Disaster Recovery (DR) options for SQL Server.

  • Familiarity with automation tools like Rundeck or Jenkins

  • Familiarity with NoSQL databases like MongoDB, DynamoDB

  • Familiarity with docker, Kubernetes or containers

  • Familiarity with Snowflake

  • Familiarity with VMWare

Note: The requirements should reflect your minimum requirements for the role in general

Medidata is making a real difference in the lives of patients everywhere by accelerating critical drug and medical device development, enabling life-saving drugs and medical devices to get to market faster. Our products sit at the convergence of the Technology and Life Sciences industries, one of most exciting areas for global innovation. Nine of the top 10 best-selling drugs in 2017 were developed on the Medidata platform. 

Medidata Solutions have powered over 20,000+ clinical trials giving us the largest collection of clinical trial data in the world. With this asset, we pioneer innovative, advanced applications and intelligent data analytics, bringing an unmatched level of quality and efficiency to clinical trials enabling treatments to reach waiting patients sooner.


Medidata Solutions, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Medidata Solutions provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by the law. Medidata Solutions complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. 

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