Database SRE

| Chicago, IL, USA | Hybrid
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The HRT Trading Systems Infrastructure team builds and maintains the platform for our production trading strategies that run worldwide 24/7.  We are looking for an experienced production database SRE with solid Linux system engineering skills. You’ll be at the forefront of designing, building, and maintaining HRT’s diverse production database infrastructure, focusing on performance, scalability, and reliability. This is a job for an engineer looking to make a real difference working with a small focused team of like-minded database and systems engineers. 


  • Design, build, and maintain HRT’s SQL and NoSQL database infrastructure, supporting a globally distributed trading infrastructure and extending to large-scale research
  • Configure and scale PostgreSQL and MySQL servers for trade-critical, real-time workflows
  • Investigate and improve performance of PostgreSQL and MySQL queries and supporting infrastructure (Debian Linux)
  • Transform the metrics and alerting landscape with Prometheus, VictoriaMetrics & Grafana 
  • Architect and deploy Redis based key/value stores for current and future use-cases
  • Engineer and apply infrastructure-as-code tools and services (Salt, Terraform, and others)
  • Build and test proof of concept datastores to fit consumer use cases


  • 5+ years of experience working in database management and infrastructure engineering
  • Proven expertise in designing and implementing production database infrastructure, from security and replication to observability (monitoring, alerting, logging)
  • Solid familiarity with state-of-the-art DB technologies and tradeoffs: distributed DBs, time-series DBs, relaxed consistency models, columnar storage
  • Experience with dynamic clustering solutions such as Patroni
  • Very strong knowledge and experience with Linux (especially Debian)
  • Extensive experience with PostgreSQL or MySQL
  • Experience with Redis, Prometheus, VictoriaMetrics and Grafana preferred
  • Solid programming with the ability to write Python with an understanding of data structures and the principles of software design
  • Performance troubleshooting, and networking knowledge
  • Exceptional communication and project management skills - this role will require cross-collaboration with various stakeholders across HRT
  • You are resourceful, have a sense of urgency, and are motivated to make things better 


Hudson River Trading (HRT) brings a scientific approach to trading financial products. We have built one of the world's most sophisticated computing environments for research and development. Our researchers are at the forefront of innovation in the world of algorithmic trading.
At HRT we welcome a variety of expertise: mathematics and computer science, physics and engineering, media and tech. We’re a community of self-starters who are motivated by the excitement of being at the cutting edge of automation in every part of our organization—from trading, to business operations, to recruiting and beyond. We value openness and transparency, and celebrate great ideas from HRT veterans and new hires alike. At HRT we’re friends and colleagues – whether we are sharing a meal, playing the latest board game, or writing elegant code. We embrace a culture of togetherness that extends far beyond the walls of our office.
Feel like you belong at HRT? Our goal is to find the best people and bring them together to do great work in a place where everyone is valued. HRT is proud of our diverse staff; we have offices all over the globe and benefit from our varied and unique perspectives. HRT is an equal opportunity employer; so whoever you are we’d love to get to know you.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • C++Languages
    • PythonLanguages


HRT is located in the heart of the Chicago Loop; we are steps away from all major train stations and offer views of the Chicago River. We also have offices in Austin, Boulder, New York City (HQ) , London, Dublin, Singapore, Shanghai, and Mumbai.

What are Hudson River Trading Perks + Benefits

Open office floor plan
Employee resource groups
Employee-led culture committees
Hybrid work model
Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff
Diversity manifesto
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Health Insurance + Wellness
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Wellness programs
Mental health benefits
Transgender health care benefits
Financial & Retirement
401(K) matching
Performance bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave
Generous parental leave
Family medical leave
Adoption Assistance
Company sponsored family events
Fertility benefits
Vacation + Time Off
Generous PTO
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
Company-wide vacation
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
Company-sponsored outings
Free daily meals
Free snacks and drinks
Company-sponsored happy hours
Recreational clubs
Fitness stipend
Professional Development
Job training & conferences
Continuing education stipend

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