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Applied Research Associates, Inc. Senior Systems Integration Engineer Edge Solutions in Springfield, Virginia


If you are looking for a career as a Senior Systems Integration Engineer, and you are interested in designing, developing, and rapidly deploying cloud-based and edge-based solutions to problems of national importance, then our ISR division of ARA has an exciting opportunity worth considering in Springfield, VA. Not only will you solve challenging core problems, but you’ll also 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 in designing, implementing, improving, and troubleshooting application and infrastructure integrations. As a valued contributor to our team, your responsibilities will include (1) Working with application owners to facilitate integrations into complex environments; (2) Collaborative brainstorming and problem-solving to define requirements, objectives, and potential solutions; (3) Integrating and testing new concepts or solutions and refining architectures from new ideas and customer feedback as part of an agile team; (4) Work to improve and identify inter-application and data workflows.

The opportunity for career advancement and continued learning at ARA does not stop there. We strive to identify cross-training opportunities and encourage staff to become involved in upcoming R&D efforts. You will have the opportunity to inject new ideas into our longstanding operational programs. At ARA, we foster an environment where technical staff are 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 to you, while at the same time enjoying a challenging technical career with great opportunities for personal growth.

Senior Systems Integration Engineer Edge Solutions Position Requirements:

  • Must currently hold an active TS/SCI Clearance

  • BS Degree in Networking/Information Technology, or a closely related field along with 8-10 years of experience OR 16+ years of experience in lieu of a degree

  • Demonstrated knowledge in automation, scripting, and APIs; Experience with Python, Bash, and Powershell scripting. Experience with Ansible/Tower and GitLab for configuration management and version control

  • Demonstrated knowledge on authentication methods such as: OAuth, SAML, LDAP, and other SSO technologies

  • Demonstrated knowledge of application layer protocols and related technologies like HTTP/HTTPS, WS/WSS, DNS, Certificate Infrastructure, etc

  • Proficient with F5 BigIP LTM and APM and/or NGINX

  • Working knowledge of the OSI model and understanding of the interactions and dependencies of different layers

  • Experience with virtualization and container-based solutions in both cloud, hybrid, and edge environments

  • Experience with NiFi and building data ingest workflows and other data manipulation processes

  • Experience navigating and administering Windows Server and RHEL (or equivalent) operating systems

  • Located in the DC, VA, MD area, occasionally willing to travel, some telecommuting available

Senior Systems Integration Engineer Edge Solutions Preferences:

  • Certification that meets the IAT level II requirement

  • Strong experience with Automation, Development, and Data Manipulation

  • Experience with common DOD All Source, GEOINT, and SIGINT applications like: ESRI ArcGIS Enterprise Suite, CGSWeb/iSpy, GXP, AIDP, ICI, Fade Suite, TAK Suite, EFD, Blueeye, AMP, etc

  • Experience with DOD accredited systems, government cloud offerings, and working within hardened environments

  • Implementing security architecture based on Enterprise mandated security services

Who is ARA?

Applied Research Associates, Inc. (aka ARA) is an employee-owned international research and engineering company. We have been providing technically superior solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences since 1979. ARA has over 2,182 employee owners and continues to grow rapidly. Together, our 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 itself, on having a challenging culture where innovation & experimentation are the norm. The motto, “Engineering and Science for Fun and Profit” sums up the ARA experience. Employee ownership ensures you have a voice with what happens in the company. 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 to maximize career and professional accomplishments.

To find out more about what the Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance Division has to offer, visit our website at: https://www.ara.com/benefits/




  • Bachelors or better in Information Technology



  • 8-10 years: Relevant Work Experience

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)