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Staff Engineer, Server Foundations (R2481)

Shield AI

Shield AI

Washington, DC, USA
Posted on Friday, January 19, 2024
Introduction to Shield AI
Founded in 2015, Shield AI is a venture-backed defense technology company whose mission is to protect service members and civilians with intelligent systems. In pursuit of this mission, Shield AI is building the world’s best AI pilot. Its AI pilot, Hivemind, has flown a fighter jet (F-16), a vertical takeoff and landing drone (V-BAT), and a quadcopter (Nova). The company has offices in San Diego, Dallas, Washington DC and abroad. Shield AI’s products and people are currently in the field actively supporting operations with the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. allies.
As a Staff Engineer with the Hivemind Design Department, you will be responsible for infrastructure/deployment/base application features that support the development of autonomous behavior on Group 3 and Group 5 unmanned aircraft. You will be an integral to define the methods that package, distribute, update, and maintain HMD services and clients. You will also be responsible for addressing various deployment needs, such as on-premises, air-gapped, and edge deployments. Additionally, you will play a significant role in defining the hardware platform for those deployments while being responsible for the definition of the installation and update procedures required to maintain them at scale.
About our stack – The HMD Server is a Kubernetes based application leveraging CNCF projects. Our application consists of many Go microservices, bespoke UI, and custom orchestration operators coming together to power data ingestion, simulation, and analysis reporting for our fleet of autonomous aircraft products.

What You'll Do:

  • Manage and maintain existing Hivemind Design infrastructure that is deployed in Azure and on premises.
  • Develop, deploy, and maintain integrated applications and microservices on edge and air-gapped systems.
  • Cost-optimize cloud workloads and Kubernetes clusters
  • Develop, support and enhance CI/CD pipelines that build, test, and deploy Hivemind Design application suite
  • Define/advance features related to authentication, authorization, administration, and monitoring of the HMD integrated product suite
  • Build out systems architectures and infrastructure as needed to support development efforts.

Required Qualifications:

  • Typically requires a minimum of 7 years of related experience with a Bachelor’s degree; or 6 years and a Master’s degree; or 4 years with a PhD; or equivalent work experience.
  • Strong experience deploying and building applications on top of Cloud Native applications.
  • Experience working with containerized applications, orchestration (i.e., Kubernetes, Docker)
  • Strong knowledge of Linux and developing for Linux, particularly networking.
  • Experience managing applications deployed to cloud environments (Azure Commercial/Azure Gov, AWS, GCP)
  • Strong experience deploying (CI/CD) and maintaining complex cloud applications (microservices) in multiple development environments (integration, dev, stage, prod)
  • Experience with Automation and Scripting (Bash, Ansible, Chef, Terraform, etc.)
  • BS/MS in Computer Science, similar degree, or equivalent practical experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with on-premises or local Kubernetes deployments.
  • Experience working with distributed services and common technologies in that discipline (e.g., gRPC, ServiceMesh, GitOps).
  • Current SECRET clearance or able to obtain one.
  • Software development experience in Python, C++, or Go.
  • Experience contributing to software projects with at least 10 contributors.
Total package details:
Regular employee positions: Salary within range listed above + Bonus + Benefits + Equity (if applicable)
Temporary employee positions: Hourly within range listed above + temporary benefits package (applicable after 60 days of employment)
*Interns/Military Fellows/Part-time not eligible for bonus, benefits or equity
Actual compensation is influenced by a wide array of factors including but not limited to skill set, level of experience, licenses and certifications, and specific work location. All offers are contingent on a cleared background check.
If you're interested in being part of our team, apply now!
Shield AI is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.