2022-05553 - Devops Engineer

Contract type : Fixed-term contract

Renewable contract : Oui

Level of qualifications required : Graduate degree or equivalent

Fonction : Temporary scientific engineer

Corps d'accueil : Ingénieur d'Etudes / Ingénieur de Recherche (IE/IR)

Level of experience : From 3 to 5 years


Software Heritage is an ambitious nonprofit, entirely Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) initiative that aims at collecting, organizing, preserving for the very long term, and sharing all publicly available software in source code form, together with the corresponding  complete development history (e.g., from a Version Control System) where available. The Software Heritage archive already contains more than 13 billion unique source code files and 2.7 billion commits, retrieved from more than 185 million software projects.

The SoftwareHeritage initiative is hosted by INRIA fundation.



We are looking for a experienced DevOps engineer to grow our operations team. The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated individual with a focus on scripting, automation, continuous integration and deployment.

As a member of the Software Heritage operation team, the candidate will contribute to maintain the Software Heritage stack and infrastructure, design the infrastructure evolutions and maintain an efficient development environment for our developers.

Here is an non exhaustive list of the possible ongoing projects you may be working on:

  • Help in designing the architecture of upcoming components of the Software
    Heritage software ecosystem, aiming at ensuring horizontal and/or vertical
  • Participate to the migration of our database storage from postgresql to cassandra
  • Participate to the migration of our internal object storage to a distributed storage solution (Ceph-based)
  • Migration of our old school CI/CD pipeline to a more modern stack based on tools like Gitlab CI or ArgoCD

You can have a look to a more exhaustive list of projects on the Software Heritage 2022’s roadmap

Main activities

  • supervision and maintenance of the Software Heritage infrastructure
  • deployment and automation
  • active participation in team life
  • interaction with relevant Open Source communities and with Software Heritage partners


The ideal candidate should have experience in participating in existing FOSS projects, in any capacity (developer, community organizer, technical writer, etc.). According to the candidate experience, we expect self-organisation and autonomy skills. System administration good practices should be well known or mastered, especially in the context of FOSS development, and software development should be at least a familiar skill.

The following skills are expected:

  • Debian GNU/Linux system administration
  • Python application deployment and operation
  • Puppet or equivalent infrastructure automation languages
  • Postgres or equivalent DB administration
  • Container technologies
  • Good English level (written and oral)
  • Good relational and communication skills

Knowledge and experience of the following will be considered a plus:

  • Python application development
  • Distributed scheduling technologies (e.g., RabbitMQ, Kafka, etc.)
  • NoSQL databases (e.g., Cassandra, MongoDB, etc.)
  • Scale-out storage (e.g., Ceph, cloud-based blob storage, ZFS, Swift, etc.)
  • Working knowledge of distributed software architectures
  • System programming in C

Benefits package

  • Subsidized meals
  • Partial reimbursement of public transport costs
  • Leave: 7 weeks of annual leave + 10 extra days off due to RTT (statutory reduction in working hours) + possibility of exceptional leave (sick children, moving home, etc.)
  • Possibility of teleworking (after 6 months of employment) and flexible organization of working hours
  • Professional equipment available (videoconferencing, loan of computer equipment, etc.)
  • Social, cultural and sports events and activities
  • Access to vocational training


Depending on degree and work experience