Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA), Southeast Division (SED) in Raleigh, NC is seeking a Senior Full Stack Developer for a position developing and improving missile defense and weapon effects software architectures for an advanced physics-based computational system. This system will be deployed for use in the Department of Defense.

As a valued contributor to our project team, your responsibilities will include (1) defining and developing a modern software architecture for missile defense applications (2) working in an agile team environment with Windows and Linux test environments, and (3) making design and technology recommendations for future cloud based deployments. Additionally, you will support integration of computational, analysis, and visualization capabilities into this architecture.

What you’ll do as a Senior Full Stack Developer:

As a Senior Full Stack Developer you will be part of an Agile team working all aspects of software development including discovery, design, coding, unit testing and documentation. Candidates will be focused on developing cloud-native architecture and containerization of modeling and simulation (M&S) capabilities including physics-based models, code refactoring and compiling code for Linux and Windows based OS to achieve a high level of software robustness and stability. Development will cover full stack development, from architecture design, user interface design and development, backend development, visualization of results and data and automation test development. Candidates will work directly with our customers, external teams, and other ARA programs to develop new applications and toolsets.

Senior Full Stack Developer Requirements:

US citizen with the ability to obtain and maintain a secret security clearance.

Candidate requirements include experience in full-stack software development and programming in Java and C++ within Agile teams using Git, Eclipse, Visual Studio and JIRA. Compiling and developing for Linux OS is also a requirement. Qualified candidates should have a strong understanding of the front-end and back-end of IT system architectures. This position requires a BS in Computer Science or similar with a minimum of 7 years work experience, or MS with a minimum 5 years’ experience.

Senior Full Stack Developer Preferences:

  • Current active security clearance
  • Experience with weapon effects or other related DoD software systems and models
  • Expertise with Risk Management Framework (RMF) and information assurance/information security activities (e.g. server hardening security control implementation)
  • Experience with SonarQube, Fortify and TwistLock, AWS, Microsoft, or CompTIA Cloud Certification
  • Interest in data science, data analysis, data visualization, and mathematical algorithms
  • Experience developing and deploying software to DoD IA requirements
  • Familiarity with containerization and infrastructure as code technologies like Docker, Kubernetes, and Red Hat OpenShift

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 1,400 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. Around ARA you are equally likely to hear a conversation about Kubernetes clusters as you are a debate on merits of a reverse polish notation (RPN) calculator!

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) & 401(k) with matching program, benefits package which includes medical, dental vision, flex spending, telehealth services, company-paid life & disability insurance including paid maternity disability leave through our company-paid short-term disability benefit, domestic partner coverage, dependent care flex spending, daycare discounts, pet insurance, relocation opportunities, floating holidays, tuition reimbursement, professional development as well as flexible schedules with remote/work from home options. 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.

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

Tagged as: agile, AI, C++, Data, Data Analysis, Docker, Go, Java, Kubernetes, R


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