Systems Development Engineer - Pyxis

2 months agoHerndon, VA


The Pyxis team is looking for a System Development Engineer with a passion for automation/CICD. The AWS Pyxis team builds and provides operational support for internal tools used by developers across AWS. Our systems development engineers work in a fast-paced environment across many disciplines, collaborating with other AWS teams to deliver cutting-edge services for our customers. Pyxis team members own the scaling and management of services across all AWS regions, including regions supporting the US Government. The candidate must be passionate about both development and operations, and have a strong desire to learn about Amazon's development lifecycle. 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- 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 is expected to be proficient in a modern programming language such as Python, Java, or Ruby.

A Pyxis System Development Engineer will:
• Develop and deploy operational tools to automate processes and reduce operational overhead
• Work with other engineers to build and manage massively scaled services
• 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
• System logging and auditing
• Log parsing using grep, awk, sed, cut, tr, etc
• Remote access via ssh
• Knowledge of procfs & sysfs
• Linux 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
• CICD or development pipelines

This position requires that applicant selected be a U.S. citizen and obtain and maintain a TS/SCI US Government clearance.

Job can work out of Herndon, VA, Arlington, VA, Denver, CO, or Seattle, WA

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• Demonstrated knowledge with the Linux Operating System and its command line tools
• Demonstrated knowledge with coding in at least one of these languages - Python, JavaScript, Java, or Ruby
• Bachelor's degree in Information Science / Information Technology, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, or a related field or relevant work experience.


• Have a passion for automation
• Ability to perform basic technical troubleshooting.
• Have a strong desire to learn
• Ability to work with peers to take a project from scoping requirements through actual launch of the project.
• Some distributed systems and web services design and implementation experience
• Familiarity with AWS services
• Obsession with delivering highly available and performant systems that surpass customer expectations
• Amazon is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Amazon is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, age, or other legally protected status.