Wanted: Senior Automation Engineer


Thank you for your interest, but this position has been filled.
Please check out our jobs page for additional great opportunities at Backblaze.

Backblaze continues to grow and we need a Senior Automation Engineer to help us do it!

Please note, even though “automation” is in the position title, this position does not involve self-driving cars. Sorry.

Senior Automation Engineer


  • Lead effort to automate provisioning & updating of systems with Ansible, custom script, and other tools.
  • Maintain and expand utility script library.
  • Understand environment thoroughly enough to administer/debug any system in data center.
  • Collaborate on capacity planning (manage storage buffers, forecast Pod needs per month, ensure adequate colo space, etc.).
  • Collaborate on strategic planning (optimize performance, reduce cost, increase efficiency, mitigate risk).
  • Collaborate on network security (including PCI compliance, firewalls, ACLs, HackerOne, Log Analysis, etc.).
  • Collaborate on design/deploy/administer network infrastructure (switches, VPNs, routers, etc.).
  • Help manage projects and work with teams to ensure routine tasks are covered.
  • Help manage infrastructure services installation/configuration (DNS, DHCP, NTP, Certificate Authority, Clonezilla, PXE, etc.).
  • Help manage web services installation/configuration (Tomcat, Apache, Ngnix, WordPress, Java, etc.).
  • Help administer database servers (MySQL).
  • Help debug/repair software problems (File system, RAID & boot drive repairs).
  • Participate in the 24×7 on-call pager rotation and respond to alerts as needed.


  • Expert knowledge of Linux system administration; Debian experience preferred.
  • Experience running Apache, Tomcat, WordPress, and Java services.
  • 8+ years of experience or equivalent.
  • Bash scripting skills.
  • Position based in the San Francisco Bay Area, California requiring 3+ days/week in San Mateo, CA.

Required for all Backblaze Employees:

  • Good attitude and willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done.
  • Strong desire to work for a small, fast paced company.
  • Desire to learn and adapt to rapidly changing technologies and work environment.
  • Rigorous adherence to best practices.
  • Relentless attention to detail.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and good oral/written communication.
  • Excellent troubleshooting and problem-solving skills.


Check out these videos on our Data Center Operations team:

Want to apply? Follow these three steps:

  1. Send an Email to jobscontact@backblaze.com with the position listed above in the subject line.
  2. Include your resume.
  3. Include your answers to two of the following three questions:
    • What about working at Backblaze excites you the most?
    • Provide three adjectives that best describe your personal workspace.
    • How would you manage boot images and system configurations on 1,000+ servers (i.e. Backblaze Storage Pods)?

We’ll be interviewing candidates over the next couple of weeks. Join us and help us continue to build a great online backup company.

Backblaze is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we offer competitive salary and benefits, including our no policy vacation policy.


About Yev

Yev Pusin is the senior director of Marketing and sometimes Marketing chief of staff at Backblaze, which he joined in 2011. Yev has a degree in business and communications from the University of Iowa, where he developed an alliteration affinity. Yev enjoys writing in an amusing way about the "why" of things and how decisions are made, so that readers can learn and be entertained all at once. Follow Yev on: Twitter: @YevP | LinkedIn: Yev Pusin