I'm in need of some immediate development help. I am a computer network operations specialist working on this project on the side, mostly for fun :). We're using Apache Nutch, Hadoop, Solr, and CouchDB to do so, making some specific custom data results searchable. There are some components of it that are custom python on the back end as well. Your skills looked like a perfect fit for this!
What I really need help with to get v0.1 up and ready is: (1) sharding Solr/potentially using SolrCloud to be able to handle LOTS of data (2) sharding couchDB for the same reason (3) Building a front-end for the back end structure I have set up. If you're interested please get back to me ASAP. 25 dollars an hour is more than reasonable, I'd be willing to pay a bit more and have some other projects I may be interested in using you for as well if the relationship works out. Look forward to hearing back from you soon.