Principal Research Engineer


: $102,315.00 - $176,210.00 /year *

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Scientific Research

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Principal Research Engineer

Apogee Research is looking for people in pursuit of solving some of the hardest problems in computer systems and network security. Our team is customer-focused and passionate about delivering solutions to fill critical unmet needs efficiently. We currently have openings for Principal Research Engineers (Full-time) located in our Arlington, VA office. Our ideal candidate is experienced in advanced research and software design, development, and analysis. You must be a US Citizen to apply.

At Apogee Research you will:

Work with a world-class team of researchers and developers tackling problems considered too difficult or too risky for commercial markets

Lead and work with small teams of 4-8 technical people

Jump into the deep end of the pool and learn something new every day

Work for US Government R&D customers for agencies such as DARPA

Participate in all aspects of the software R&D life cycle, from brainstorming and software and system design through testing and delivery

Key Responsibilities

Apogeeans have a broad range of backgrounds that include computer science, electrical engineering, applied mathematics, and chemical engineering. We value diversity of thought and blend agility with rigor to deliver innovative and demonstratively effective solutions. Responsibilities will be assigned based on your experience, abilities, and interests. Some examples of the work we are looking to cover:

Development of Loadable Kernel Modules (Linux) to monitor software behavior and enforce security properties for advanced intrusion detection and response systems

Development of reverse-engineering tools that can automate the analysis of embedded software for the presence of malicious behavior

Development and analysis of ad hoc IPSec-based routing overlay protocols intended to drive networks towards a trustworthy state

Development, analysis, and control of interacting software agents intended to both observe and create network effects in both LAN and WAN environments

Research, development, and analysis of stochastic systems, including detection, estimation, and control

Performance analysis and optimization of a large-scale, multi-tool/multi-language analytics system

Minimum Education, Skills, and Experience

Must be eligible to obtain and maintain a US Government Security Clearance; therefore, any applicant MUST BE A US CITIZEN.

Bachelor s in computer science, Engineering, or other relevant fields

10+ years with a Bachelors; 8+ years with a Master s; 5+ years of experience with a PhD

Deep understanding of computational systems and networks, including Windows and/or Linux internals, and/or embedded systems

Solid software engineering and object-oriented development skills and knowledge of languages such as C++, Java, Ruby, Python, assembly

Effective communication skills, both verbal and written

Demonstrated ability to be flexible and remain well organized in a fast-paced environment.

Desired Skills and Experience

Networking code development (device drivers, firewalls, routers, usage of tun/tap devices, Wireshark, etc.)

Operating system internals, kernel, and device driver development

VMware, VirtualBox, Docker, or other virtualization, container or sandbox technologies

Network protocol development and analysis techniques

Security topics like fuzzing, memory analysis, malware techniques, cryptography, etc.

Agile software development and Continuous Integration and Deployment environments

About Apogee Research

Apogee Research conducts research and development of advanced computer network operations (CNO) and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities to improve national security. Our focus is to bring cutting-edge research into practice for the Intelligence and DoD communities. We blend agility with rigor to deliver innovative and demonstrably effective solutions. Founded by Tiffany Frazier, Ph.D. and Evan Fortunato Ph.D., we have grown steadily receiving recognition from organizations such as SECAF and Arlington Economic and Development. While these are great honors regarding financial stability and growth, we believe what is more important is our passion for solving hard and interesting problems with people you enjoy working with on a daily basis. We have an active and dynamic research environment that provides opportunities to work on various projects for DARPA. We take on the challenges of the future that run the gamut of researching, prototyping, and integrating technologies.

Apogee Research offers flexible work schedules and a comprehensive benefits package that includes health, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance, FSAs, paid vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays. Conveniently located in Arlington, VA, we are a short walking distance from the Ballston Metro station. We offer the choice of paid garage parking or a contribution towards a transit account.

Apogee Research, LLC is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors.

Associated topics: c, circuit, electronic engineering, informatic, information technology, malware, processor, programming, robotics, schematic * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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