Staff DevSecOps Engineer- Hybrid at Applied Research Associates (ARA) (Raleigh, NC)

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At ARA, we strive to hire valuable colleagues with not only the right skills, but who also demonstrate our core values of passion, freedom, service, and growth. As a Staff DevSecOps Engineer on our team, you are the backbone of our strategic initiatives and will be responsible for developing technology critical to the success of our projects as well as national security.

As a valued team contributor your tasks will include creating new and updating existing Continuous Integration / Continuous Deployment DevSecOps pipelines, automating the provisioning of build VMs and Kubernetes clusters, and addressing security findings found in SAST/DAST/Image Scans, and much more. The perfect person for this opportunity should be driven to complement our scientific software development teams, being ready to support multiple teams developing both Windows and Linux-based applications.

Due to the work you'll perform and interactions with the intelligence community and DoD programs you must be a US citizen and will need to be eligible to apply for and hold a US Security Clearance (selected applicants will undergo a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements at the time of employment).

Staff DevSecOps Engineer Required Education and/or Experience:

Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science along with 2-4 years of related experience OR 8years of experience in lieu of a degree.

Staff DevSecOps Engineer Required Technology & Skills:

Successful candidates will possess an extensive background in 3 or more of the following as well as demonstrate a strong desire to learn 3 or more of these skill sets:

  • CI system (Jenkins, GitLab, or equivalent)
  • VMWare virtual machines (Desktop and ESXi)
  • 1+ Modern Programming Language (JavaScript, Java, C++, or Python) + Shell scripting experience (Bash)
  • 2+ years of Linux experience (RHEL or Ubuntu preferred)
  • 1+ years experience with Docker containerization
  • Experience with Atlassian Jira, Confluence, Bitbucket + 2+ years Git experience
  • Team player personality and excellent written/oral communication skills will be essential

Preferred Experience & Skills as a Staff DevSecOps Engineer:

Above all, we value passion, a desire to learn, and teamwork. We are confident that if you possess the right attitude, work ethic, and skill set you could succeed in this role. In addition to the experience and skills above, if you have any of the following you will be able to accelerate your effectiveness and impact.

  • Experience working with REST APIs via curl and Postman
  • Experience mitigating security vulnerabilities (CVE, etc.)
  • Experience with Static and Dynamic Code Analysis (SAST/DAST)
  • Experience with container image scanning
  • Experience working with software dependency management tools (Maven, Gradle, Ruby Gems, NPM/Yarn)
  • Familiarity with Infrastructure as Code (Ansible, Chef, Puppet)
  • Experience working in a modern software lifecycle (Agile, etc)
  • Experience with code repositories (Bitbucket/GitHub/GitLab)
  • Kubernetes experience (Day 2 Operations, defining YAML, Helm Charts, Rancher/RKE2/K3S, D2IQ)
  • Familiarity with GitOps tools (FluxCD or ArgoCD)
  • Self-starter, able to get tasks done with minimal assistance
  • A strong desire to continuously learn new technology
  • Security clearance (minimum ability to obtain DoD Top Secret)
  • Cloud experience (AWS, Azure, etc)
  • Relevant Certifications: Security+ or CEH
  • Portfolio of projects on GitHub

About Us:

Applied Research Associates, Inc. (aka ARA) is an employee-owned international research and engineering company known for providing technically superior solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences. We were founded in Albuquerque, NM in 1979 as the disco era was, thankfully, closing out and the personal computer era was beginning. We employ over 1,500 professionals and continue to grow. ARA offices throughout the U.S. and Canada provide a broad range of technical expertise in defense, civil, and health technologies, computer software, and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and testing and measurement.

ARA also prides ourselves on having a challenging culture where innovation & experimentation are the norm. At ARA, employees are our greatest assets, so we give our employees the tools, training, and opportunities to take active roles as owners. The motto, "Engineering and Science for Fun and Profit" sums up the ARA experience. The company realizes employee ownership spawns greater creativity and initiative along with higher performance and customer satisfaction levels. We are also very proud of our Women's Initiative Network (WIN) whose purpose is to motivate, support, and encourage professional career development for women to maximize career and professional accomplishments.

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Applied Research Associates (ARA) operates in the Aerospace industry. The company is located in A;buquerque, NM and Vicksburg, MS. Applied Research Associates (ARA) was founded in 2022. It has 2729 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance. To see all 101 open jobs at Applied Research Associates (ARA), click here.
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