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Senior Software Engineer – Backend / Cloud

If you are looking for a career as a software engineer, and you are interested in designing, developing, and rapidly deploying solutions to problems of national importance, then our Raleigh, NC division of ARA has an exciting opportunity worth considering. Not only will you solve challenging core problems, but you’ll also be able to grow your career in an exciting environment that promotes teamwork and cross-training in a wide range of related disciplines.  

The successful candidate for this position will have a strong passion for everything backend. This position is for you if you enjoy variety and working with cutting-edge technologies. You will be involved in all stages of the lifecycle and serve as a member of our software and cloud team responsible for designing and developing a variety of different types of solutions across multiple projects. These solutions will get your hands on RESTful & gRPC-based web APIs, Docker, Kubernetes, AWS cloud infrastructure, and CI/CD pipelines. As a valued contributor to our team, your responsibilities will include (1) collaborative brainstorming and problem-solving to define requirements, objectives, and potential solutions; (2) developing and testing solutions from inception to deployment in the intelligence and defense communities; and (3), testing and maturing of your solutions with new ideas and customer feedback as part of an agile team. 

The opportunity for career advancement and continued learning at ARA goes beyond project work. We strive to identify cross-training opportunities and encourage staff to become involved in upcoming R&D efforts and interject new ideas into our longstanding operational programs. At ARA, we foster an environment where technical staff is empowered to research and develop their own ideas –with resources and support from a solid internal technical team and external partners. You can expect day-to-day to have flexibility in choosing the level of autonomy suited to you, while at the same time enjoying a challenging technical career with great opportunities for personal growth. 

Senior Software Engineer- Backend/Cloud Position Requirements:
• Eligibility 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)
• BS or MS in computer science, engineering, applied mathematics, or a closely related field
• 7+ years of relevant work experience with BS
• 5+ years of relevant work experience with MS
• Team player with excellent communication skills
• Relocation to Raleigh NC; this position involves minimal travel for collaboration with customers and partners

Senior Software Engineer- Backend/Cloud Position Requirements:
• Experience designing and developing web API’s in languages such as Golang, Python, etc.
• Experience with Kubernetes
• Experience setting up cloud services (e.g. AWS)
• Experience with infrastructure automation (e.g. Terraform, Ansible, Saltstack)
• Experience developing and implementing CI/CD pipelines

If this is the perfect job for you please apply online at today!

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 1,700 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 itself on having a challenging culture where innovation & experimentation are the norms. 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.

For additional information and an opportunity to join this unique workplace, please apply at

• 7 year(s): Relevant Work Experience

• Bachelors or better in Computer Science or related field

• Masters or better in Computer Science or related field

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)