System Development Engineer - Pyxis

3+ months agoHerndon, VA


The Pyxis team is looking for a seasoned DevOps engineer with CICD experience. As a member of the team, you will be exposed to most AWS services and technologies. Our System Development Engineers work in a fast-paced environment with our multi-disciplined service teams to deliver cutting-edge services to our customers. Pyxis team members own the scaling and management of services across AWS regions supporting the US Government.

The candidate should have a strong desire to learn and be curious about Amazon's internal and external services. This is a true DevOps role; you will be both allowed and expected to follow problems all the way to the end and work on implementing real solutions and not just quick fixes. A candidate who wants to go deep and understand how these large systems work will get a chance to excel in this position. The candidate will be expected to code in Python, Java, and/or Ruby.

Here at AWS, we embrace our differences. We are committed to furthering our culture of inclusion. We have ten employee-led affinity groups, reaching 40,000 employees in over 190 chapters globally. We have innovative benefit offerings, and we host annual and ongoing learning experiences, including our Conversations on Race and Ethnicity (CORE) and AmazeCon (gender diversity) conferences. Amazon's culture of inclusion is reinforced within our 14 Leadership Principles, which remind team members to seek diverse perspectives, learn and be curious, and earn trust.

We are dedicated to supporting our new team members. Our team has a broad mix of experience levels and Amazon tenures, and we're building an environment that celebrates knowledge sharing and mentorship.

Our team also puts a high value on work-life balance. Striking a healthy balance between your personal and professional life is crucial to your happiness and success here, which is why we aren't focused on how many hours you spend at work or online. Instead, we're happy to offer a flexible schedule so you can have a more productive and well-balanced lifeboth in and outside of work.

A Pyxis System Development Engineer will:
• Work with other engineers to build and manage massively scaled services
• Automate common tasks and processes
• Work with other engineers to diagnose and resolve customer issues
• Track the health of our services, identify and fix problems on complex systems with massive scale
• Collaborate with some of the leading minds in distributed systems

The candidate should be familiar with Linux, including the following:
• Various distros and their corresponding package management tools
• Permissions and permissions management
• File System partitioning, formatting, and mounting
• Log parsing using grep, awk, sed, cut, tr, etc
• Remote access via ssh
• Proc file system
• Network tools (ip, ifconfig, netstat, tcpdump, strace, netcat, ping, telnet, etc)
• System Monitoring Tools (top, *stat tools, etc)
• DNS and tools (bind, host, dig, nslookup, etc)
• Runlevel management tools (systemd, rc.d, inittab, chkconfig, etc)

The candidate should also be familiar with generic development tools and best practices:
• Git (or other CM tools)
• Agile development

This position requires that the candidate selected be a US Citizen and must currently possess an active Top Secret security clearance. The position further requires that, after start, the selected candidate obtain and maintain an active TS/SCI security clearance with polygraph and satisfy other security related requirements.

This position can consider candidates for the Arlington, VA, Herndon, VA or Seattle, WA locations.


• Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related field or 5 years of equivalent experience
• 5+ years of experience with focus in areas such as systems, network, and/or application security
• 5+ years of experience building automated tools in Python, Java and/or Ruby
• 5+ years of experience with web protocols and Linux/Unix tools and architecture
• 5+ years of experience with agile software development practices


• 10+ years of experience in Systems Administration and DevOps.
• Experience with open-source technologies.
• Excellence in technical communications with both technical and non-technical peers.
• Experience with maintaining distributed systems and web services.
• Understanding of design for scalability, performance and reliability.
• Automation, testing or monitoring framework development.
• Self-drive to keep moving things forward even in the face of ambiguity and imperfect knowledge.
• Strong sense of ownership and drive.

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Job ID: Amazon-1446326