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System Engineer Edge Solutions at Applied Research Associates, Inc in Springfield, Virginia

Posted in Software 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

If you are looking for a career as a Senior System Engineer, and you are interested in designing, developing and rapidly deploying cloud based 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, you’ll 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 in designing and implementing edge-based solutions for new and/or existing software applications. 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) develop/test software and infrastructure from inception to deployment in the intelligence and defense communities; and (3), testing and maturing software and architectures from new ideas and customer feedback as part of an agile team.

The opportunity for career advancement and continued learning at ARA does not stop there. We strive to identify cross-training opportunities and encourage staff to become involved in upcoming R&D efforts. You will have the opportunity to inject new ideas into our longstanding operational programs. At ARA, we foster an environment where technical staff are empowered to research and develop their own ideas with resources and support from a strong 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 opportunity for personal growth.

System Engineer Edge Solutions Position Requirements:

  • Active TS/SCI Clearance 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems, Information Technology, Engineering, or a closely related field

  • 5-7 years of relevant work experience OR 11 years of experience in lieu of a degree

  • Security + Certification or other IAT level II certifications

  • Demonstrated knowledge in reviewing and implementing OS system updates and maintaining security posture

  • Team player with excellent communication skills

  • Primary work location National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency-West, limited telecommuting available

  • Experience in reviewing and remediating IAVM and STIG scan findings

  • Experience working with enterprise technologies including load balancing, and identity and access management (Active Directory, LDAP)

  • Networking technologies, e.g. network protocols, firewalls, etc.

  • Experience in enterprise software test development, Software as a Service, distributed systems

System Engineer Edge Solutions Preferences:

  • Experience with implementing security agents, reviewing and remediating Information Assurance Vulnerability Management (IAVM) and Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIG)

  • Experience with Linux and Windows Operating Systems

  • Experience with Ports, Protocols, Services Management and Firewall Change Requests

  • Experience with load balancing and network technology

About Us:

Applied Research Associates, Inc. is an employee-owned international research and engineering company recognized for providing technically superior solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences. The company, founded in Albuquerque, NM, in 1979, currently employs over 1,500 professionals and continues to grow. ARA offices throughout the United States and Canada provide a broad range of technical expertise in defense technologies, civil technologies, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and testing and measurement. The corporation also provides sophisticated technical products for environmental site characterization, pavement analysis, and robotics.

While this is all of the Year One and Beyond stuff, Day One is highly impressive too. These are things like our competitive salary (DOE), Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), benefits package, relocation opportunities, and 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 corporation realizes that employee ownership spawns greater creativity and initiative along with higher performance and customer satisfaction levels.

ARA is passionate about inclusion and diversity in our workplace. In 2018 40% of our new employees voluntarily self-identified as protected veterans. (Source-AAP EOY 2018 Veterans Data Collection Report). Additionally, the Southeast Division looks not only for the right skills, but also for a cultural fit. We seek colleagues who will contribute to the unique culture that makes ARA such a great place to work. Some of the social impact aspects we have implemented at our division include monthly get-togethers, team outings to local baseball games in the summer, board game lunches, holiday party, corn hole tournaments, chili cook-offs and so on. 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 in order to maximize career and professional accomplishments. For additional information and an opportunity to join this unique workplace, please apply at



  • 5 - 7 years: Relevant Work Experience



  • Bachelors or better in Information Systems or related field

Licenses & Certifications


  • Security + Cert (CompTIA)

  • Security Clear Top Secret

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)

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