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Ahrefs is looking for a C++ Software developer with the deep understanding of database systems.

Clickhouse DBMS is the backbone of our infrastructure, holding multiple exabytes crawler dataset updated in realtime and building advanced and flexible analytics reports for our customers. Ahrefs team is overcoming multiple challenges to adapt the opensource Clickhouse DBMS to operate with distributed clusters of massive scale on bleeding-edge hardware. And now we are looking for an experienced C++ developer to help contributing to the Clickhouse opensource project while solving those challenges.

What you will be working on:

  • Collaborate with the software engineers teams in charge of data gathering and business logic to identify performance optimization opportunities for low latency massively parallel data processing, and work with other opensource contributors to improve Clickhouse performance and scalability. Implement optimizations specific to Ahrefs hardware and dataset to ensure data ingestion and queries perform efficiently on our infrastructure
  • Improve the robustness and fault tolerance of the data infrastructure by improving edge cases and error handling inside the database code as reported by the devops team, and adapt features of the database to simplify operations
  • Implement new features in the SQL interface and Clickhouse api to help business team develop new reports
  • Work with opensource Clickhouse community to upstream changes and improve the Clickhouse database as a whole
  • Help maintain Ahrefs specific fork of Clickhouse for features that cannot be upstreamed

Basic requirements:

  • Strong experience in C++ (including C++20)
  • Understanding of Unix/Linux systems inner working
  • Strong production debugging skills
  • Willingness to work on opensource and cooperate with the Clickhouse developers to upstream as many changes as possible
  • Experience in database and/or Clickhouse codebase 

The ideal candidate is expected to:

  • Independently deal with bugs, schedule tasks and investigate code
  • Make well-reasoned technical choices and take responsibility for them
  • Understand the whole technology stack at all levels: from network and user-space code to OS internals and hardware
  • Handle full development cycle of a single component i.e. formalize task, write code and tests, setup and support production (basic DevOps), assure data correctness and quality
  • Approach problems with a practical mindset and suppress perfectionism when time is a priority
  • Write flexible, maintainable code and adapt to post-launch requirements/tweaks

These requirements stem naturally from our approach to development with fast feedback cycle, highly-focused personal areas of responsibility and strong tendency to vertical component splitting.

Ahrefs does not engage with agencies or third party recruitment solutions for the roles we hire for. If at any point we need help, we'll let you know! 

Wer wir sind

Wir sind ein kleines Team, das fest daran glaub, dass bessere Technologien zu besseren Lösungen für Probleme in der echten Welt führen. Wir verehren funktionale Programmiersprachen und statische Typisierungen, setzen stark auf Code-Generierung und Meta-Programmierung, schätzen klaren und vorhersagbaren Code und probieren ständig, sich wiederholende Aufgaben zu automatisieren und Boilerplate-Code zu vermeiden.

We are guided by DRY and follow KISS. If there is new technology that will make our life easier, we'll give it a try. We rely heavily on open-source code (as the only viable way to build maintainable system) and contribute back. We occasionally blog on

Unser Motto ist erst machen, dann richtig machen, dann besser machen

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