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Junior Software Engineer

ARA - Reston, VA

Posted 5 days ago

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Job Description

If you want to accelerate your career growth and are passionate about applying your expertise to solve problems of national importance, then we have the job you are looking for!

You will be able to achieve your personal and professional goals in a stable environment that emphasizes and rewards the entrepreneurial spirit.

Not only will you solve challenging core problems, youll be able to grow your career in an exciting environment that promotes teamwork and cross-training in a wide range of related disciplines.

The successful candidate for this position will have a strong passion for making quality production software at all stages of the software lifecycle.

You will be a key member of a team that is developing simulation tools and technologies to support real-world planning and intelligence operations for the Department of Defense.

You will serve as an on-site member of the software team responsible for designing, developing, and deploying AWS cloud compute infrastructure and the applications that will run on this infrastructure.

The opportunity for career advancement and continued learning at ARA does not stop there.

We strive to identify cross-train opportunities and encourage staff to become involved in upcoming R&D efforts as well as interject new ideas into our longstanding operational programs.

At ARA, we foster an environment where technical staff is empowered to research and develop their own ideas with resources and support from a strong internal technical team and external partners.

You can expect day to day to have flexibility in choosing the level of autonomy suited toyou, while at the same time enjoying a challenging technical career with great opportunity for personal growth.

Junior Software Engineer Position


  • U.S. Citizen with eligibility to apply for and hold a U.S. security clearance (selected applicants will undergo a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements at the time of employment)
  • BS degree in computer science, engineering, applied mathematics, or a closely related field with0-2 years relevant work experience
  • Experience with at least one modern software development ecosystem, such as Python, and comfortable implementing quick-turnaround, proof of concept solutions in that ecosystem
  • Team player with excellent communication skills
  • Relocation to Reston, VA; this position involves minimal travel for collaboration with customers and partners

Junior Software Engineer Preferences:

  • Master's Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Applied Mathematics or related field
  • Strong coding skills in a high-level language (Python, C++, Java, )
  • UnderstandRESTful API development
  • Familiarity with setting upAWS services (IAM, EC2, S3, AMI, RDS, ELB, VPC, Route53, )
  • Familiarity with Docker and Kubernetes
  • Experience with backend web frameworks (
    Django, Flask)
  • Experience in CI/CD workflows
  • Experience with agile softwaredevelopment

About Us:

Applied Research Associates

Inc. (aka ARA) is an employee-owned international research and engineering company known for providing technically superior solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences.

We were founded in Albuquerque, NM in 1979 as the disco era was, thankfully, closing out and the personal computer era was beginning.

We employ over 1,500 professionals and continue to grow.

ARA offices throughout the U.S. and Canada provide a broad range of technical expertise in defense, civil, and health technologies, computer software, and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and testing and measurement.

ARA also prides ourselves on having a 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 company realizes employee ownership spawns greater creativity and initiative along with higher performance and customer satisfaction levels.

We are also very proud of our Womens Initiative Network (WIN) whose purpose is to motivate, support, and encourage professional career development for women to maximize career and professional accomplishments.

To find out more about Southeast Division visit our website at:

Equal Opportunity Employer

Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant.

However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information.41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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