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Database Engineer - CIPHER - 1668

Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI)

Atlanta, GA
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Title: Database Engineer - CIPHER - 1668
JobID: 1668
Location: Atlanta, GA
Description: The Cybersecurity, Information Protection, Hardware & Evaluation Research Lab (CIPHER) is looking to hire an entry-level database engineer to assist in the design, development, and maintenance of relational databases which are the backend to secure multi-tier web applications and services. This position requires the ability to design, architect, and build databases from business requirements – with a key focus of providing security, performance, and scalability at all layers of the architecture. This includes planning and deployment of these databases in both development and production environments. Position entails close interaction with application-layer software developers in order to optimize overall application design, including performance modeling and query generation, review, and optimization.

Primary responsibilities

  • Design and development of appropriate data structures given business requirements
  • Extensive focus on securing data
  • Implementation of requirements in an RDBMS using SQL and procedural code (Oracle SQL and PL/SQL; PostgreSQL SQL and PL/pgSQL; etc.)
  • Performance tuning – including database and SQL query monitoring, analysis, and optimization
  • Debugging in both development and production environments
  • Database architecture design and analysis

Research Engineer/Scientist I

  • A Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or related area.

Required skills

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work independently in a team environment
  • Technical diagnostic expertise including problem investigation, reproduction, and resolution
  • Ability to acquire new skills efficiently
  • Experience writing and analyzing SQL queries
  • Hands-on experience with Linux/command-line interfaces

Preferred skills

  • Knowledge of database and query tuning techniques
  • Hands-on experience with Oracle RDBMS, SQL, PL/SQL
  • Hands-on experience with PostgreSQL RDBMS, SQL, PL/pgSQL
  • Hands-on experience with cloud environments such as Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Experience with modern source code version control systems (Git)


  • US Citizen, no foreign ties
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense (DoD) Top Secret security clearance. 
  • 2+ years' experience in applicable areas
  • Willing to pursue advanced degree

Hiring Process

Selection process includes passing pre-employment background and security screening. 

About GTRI

The Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) is a highly-regarded applied research and development organization. Each day, GTRI’s science and engineering expertise is used to solve some of the toughest problems facing government and industry across the nation and around the globe.

GTRI and the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) are complementary institutions that work together to solve customers' technical problems. Our strong connection to Georgia Tech opens the door to the vast intellectual resources of one of America’s leading research universities. We offer stability, world-class benefits, and a flexible career path in an applied research and development environment.

Located in Atlanta, Georgia, the Georgia Institute of Technology is a leading research university committed to improving the human condition through advanced science and technology.

Ranked as the #7 best public university, Georgia Tech provides a focused, technologically based education to more than 21,500 undergraduate and graduate students.

Georgia Tech has many nationally recognized programs, all top-ranked by peers and publications alike, and is ranked in the nation’s top 10 public universities by U.S. News and World Report.

Degrees are offered through the colleges of Architecture, Computing, Engineering, Sciences, the Scheller College of Business, and the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts.

The strong academic work ethic at Tech is balanced by a collegiate atmosphere incorporating both intercollegiate and intramural sports, campus traditions, and some 400 student organizations.

Alongside their academic achievements, Tech students are also active in the community, earning a well-rounded education through community service activities.

As a leading technological university, Georgia Tech has more than 100 centers focused on interdisciplinary research that consistently contribute vital research and innovation to American government, industry, and business.

There is no doubt that Georgia Tech stands out as a distinctively different kind of university, one that is eagerly encouraging and developing the revolutionary technologies of the 21st century.

Equipped with the extremely rich resources of an outstanding student body and faculty; strong partnerships with business, industry, and government; and support from alumni and friends, Georgia Tech is designing a future of global preeminence, leadership, and service.