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Senior Web Server Architect

Draper Labs
United States, Massachusetts, Cambridge
555 Technology Square (Show on map)
May 23, 2024

Senior Web Server Architect
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Draper is an independent, nonprofit research and development company headquartered in Cambridge, MA. The 2,000+ employees of Draper tackle important national challenges with a promise of delivering successful and usable solutions. From military defense and space exploration to biomedical engineering, lives often depend on the solutions we provide. Our multidisciplinary teams of engineers and scientists work in a collaborative environment that inspires the cross-fertilization of ideas necessary for true innovation. For more information about Draper, visit www.draper.com.

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In this role, you will play a principal architectural role in designing data structures that enable performant transfer of myriad data types to provide real-time collaboration and situational awareness in a map-based application. You will use your breadth of experience in programming and the software development lifecycle to assess various technologies for their worthiness in providing solutions to meet our customer's demanding requirements.

Technologies and skillsets we're targeting:

- Conflict-Free Replicated Data Type (CRDT) structures

- database languages

- Redis

- GraphQL

- web RTC

- gRPC

- cloud-based architecture

- load balancing

- scaling services

Other secondary knowledge areas important for this role:

- API gateway

- federated gateway

- load testing

- content delivery network

- video format translation

- message queues

- containerization

- Docker

- Podman

- orchestration

- Kubernetes

- authentication

- Keycloak


- OAuth

- web server communications

- RESTful API development

- web sockets



This position requires regular travel (>25%) for customer meetings, conferences, and test events as well as a current US security clearance or the ability to obtain one.

About you

The work environment is fast-paced and high pressure. We seek an experienced engineer who craves challenges and loves puzzles, pushes the envelope, and would choose to skip to the boss level first.

We value character on our team and expect personal excellence in teamwork and collaboration just as much as in technical capability.

The following may describe you:

- has 15+ years designing, building, and maintaining data structures and databases

- has 7+ years leading software development teams, assigning tasks and guiding less experienced engineers

- has worked with customer or company management to identify requirements and needs and demonstrated an ability to consistently deliver software products that delight the customer

- can apply good software practice in most every situation regardless of the language or technology being used to solve a problem

- has a proven track record of orchestrating and managing micro services in the cloud at scale

- has significant experience developing back-end web micro services (e.g. node.js, Kotlin)

- desires a high-intensity, highly collaborative environment

- has contributed to, or led, open source projects

Security Requirement

Ability to obtain and maintain a government security clearance.

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