Systems Development Engineer

3+ months agoHerndon, VA


Do you like helping U.S. Intelligence Community agencies implement innovative cloud computing solutions and solve technical problems? Would you like to do this using the latest cloud computing technologies? Do you understand service architectures and have a knack for improving them and making them robust? Are you the type of person that wants to improve operations a better place through automation? Then this is the job for you.

We are seeking a talented and motivated Systems Development Engineer. The responsibilities include development of infrastructure foundational services, writing tools and services to improve automation for deployment and releases, building and maintaining test fleets, performing functional and regression testing on software, defining and performing stress testing, and monitoring production software. We are looking for someone who can build on existing services and architectures, and is excited to create new automated solutions.

The Infrastructure Team, within the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Infrastructure group, supports fleet-wide telemetry and software tools for the server platform for our innovative web service and e-commerce technology platforms. This platform is industry-leading in terms of frugality and operational excellence, and is critical to the success of the AWS business and the thousands of customers who use utility computing today. Interested candidates must be prepared to work an on-call rotation.

This positions can sit in Herndon, VA, Seattle, WA, or Denver, CO.

The pay range for this position in Colorado is $111,000 - $155,000 per year; however, base pay offered may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. A clearance bonus (up to $45,000/yr), sign-on bonus, and restricted stock units may be provided as part of the compensation package, in addition to a full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits, dependent on the position offered. This information is provided per the Colorado Equal Pay Act. Base pay information is based on market location. Applicants should apply via Amazon's internal or external careers site.

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. In compliance with the U.S. government requirement that employees of its contractors, and employees who work on or in connection with U.S government contracts must receive the COVID-19 vaccine, this position may require that the candidate selected be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. A person is considered fully vaccinated by completing the full regimen of the COVID-19 vaccine (two doses for Pfizer or Moderna and one dose for Johnson & Johnson).

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• A Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or similar, or equivalent experience
• 2+ years programming or scripting language experience (Python, Java, Ruby)
• 2+ years Linux or similar UNIX distribution experience
• Current, active US Government Security Clearance of Top Secret or above


• Experience with AWS technologies ( including DynamoDB, Lambda, S3, and SQS.
• Experience with Python frameworks and packages including Flask and boto
• Experience with security best practices in tool development and access controls.
• Experience managing servers in large-scale, geographically diverse environments.
• Excellent troubleshooting skills.
• Knowledge of SQL and experience with relational databases (MySQL, PostgeSQL).
• Highly organized and able to coordinate with other team members.

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Job ID: Amazon-1478000