Senior Back-End Developer

Applied Research Assocs., Inc.

Raleigh, NC

As a Senior Software Developer – Back-end, your responsibilities will include helping to architect and develop the back-end solution for a computational environment for defense systems. This also includes working in partnership with other team members and peers by contributing to the overall development and decision-making process with a clear understand of how these decisions will influence the overall solution. Additionally, you will contribute to the integration of the computational, analysis, and visualization capabilities of the system.

Your day-to-day tasks will include planning and executing the development of back-end services that will be consumed by multiple environments via APIs. In addition, activities for the role include:

  • Developing back-end services that align to the overall vision of the Department of Defense for the program.
  • Working with the broader development team (e.g., front-end and DevSecOps teams) in defining an overall architecture that brings together all facets of the service and program.
  • Collaborate with our customers, colleagues, and other ARA teams in defining and developing an integrated solution.
  • Contribute to our high-engineering standards on the team through quality code and process consistency.

Senior Software Developer – Back-end Requirements:

  • Must be an US citizen and be able to obtain a Secret security clearance.
  • BS in Computer Science with 8-10 years of relevant work experience or 11-13 equivalent practical experience in lieu of a degree.
  • Experience developing enterprise solutions with Kotlin, Java or another significant back-end language.
  • Experience with API development using GraphQL, Java or other enterprise level solutions.
  • Experience with automated testing, both in your development workflow and through CI/CD.
  • True problem solver with a drive to find solutions to technical challenges.

Senior Software Developer – Back-end Preferences:

  • Experience working with Docker containers and associated management services (i.e. Kubernetes).
  • Experience using GitLab and associated services.
  • Experience with Amazon Web Services (AWS).
  • Experience deploying and integrating Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) software into a cloud environment.
  • Experience working on US Government programs.

About Us:

Applied Research Associates, Inc. is an employee-owned international research and engineering company recognized for providing technically superior solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences. The company, founded in Albuquerque, NM, in 1979, currently employs over 1,100 professionals and continues to grow. ARA offices throughout the United States and Canada provide a broad range of technical expertise in defense technologies, civil technologies, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and testing and measurement. The corporation also provides sophisticated technical products for environmental site characterization, pavement analysis, and robotics.

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), a benefits package, relocation opportunities, and 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 corporation realizes that 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). Additionally, the Algorithms, Modeling and Assessments (AMA) 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. 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 in order to maximize career and professional accomplishments. For additional information and an opportunity to join this unique workplace, please apply at