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Staff Full-Stack Developer


Want to create software that makes a difference? At Applied Research Associates (ARA), our goal is to improve our nation’s safety, security, and way of life. Join us!

We’re looking for dedicated, hard-working software developers with a passion for using modeling and simulation technologies to develop state-of-the-art software. We’re seeking candidates that are go-getters that work independently. But, we also have a strong team dynamic. You will be a key member of a team that is solving real-world problems for intelligence community (IC) customers.

You will work in an agile team environment to develop and deploy tools for the IC. You will work mostly at NGA’s Campus East (NCE), but depending on workload you may also have the flexibility to work on unclassified work at home. You must be able to use your knowledge of computer science concepts to solve problems.

Why Work For Us?

  • The opportunity to make a real impact. ARA has been doing cutting-edge modeling and simulation research for decades. Everyone who works here is important, from new faces to those who have worked here since the beginning. Your contribution matters—you won’t be just a number!
  • Flexible, reasonable hours. We encourage all employees to have a good work/life balance. We do not believe in burning you out! We invest in our people and want you to be happy with us for the long-haul.
  • Competitive salaries and outstanding benefits. We provide generous retirement contributions--one of the best packages in the industry. We also provide generous medical, dental, and vision coverage; company-paid life and long-term disability insurance; and annual performance bonuses.

Staff Full-Stack Developer Required Qualifications:

  • Must have an active TS / SCI clearance and be willing to submit to a polygraph
  • Bachelor's Degree in computer science or similar along with at least 2 years of related experience OR 8+ years of experience in lieu of a degree.
  • At least a basic knowledge with some experience in the following technologies:
    • JavaScript, HTML, and CSS
    • Modern web UI frameworks and application frameworks, including Angular, React, Vue, Bootstrap, and Node.js
    • Relational databases (SQL, ORMs, and MongoDB)
    • Amazon Web Services (AWS) and/or other cloud platforms

Staff Full-Stack Developer Desired Qualifications:

  • Active TS-SCI clearance with polygraph taken within past 5 years
  • Experience with deploying full-stack web applications to DoD/IC secure networks
  • Experience with NGA’s authority to operate (ATO) process
  • In-depth expertise with technologies listed in basic qualifications list
  • AWS certifications
  • Experience with C++
  • Prior Intelligence Community work experience

Company Information:

ARA is an employee-owned international research and engineering company recognized for providing technically superior solutions to complex and challenging problems. Founded in Albuquerque, NM in 1979, ARA currently employs over 1500 professionals and is rapidly growing. Our culture supports our exceptional staff of valued employees and encourages professional growth through continued higher education, participation and publication at technical conferences, and membership in professional organizations. As an ARA employee you are encouraged to generate new ideas and bring those ideas to life. For additional information and an opportunity to join this unique workplace, please visit our website at