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Job #: R-00016688
Location: Charlottesville, VA
Category: Software Development
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance Required: None
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Group: Defense


Job Requisition:

Backend Software Engineer

Job Description:

At Leidos, everything we do is built on our commitment to do the right thing for our customers, our employees, and our communities. Learn more about the values and culture that are the foundations of our business. Our mission is to make the world safer, healthier, and more efficient through information technology, engineering, and science.

The Charlottesville Leidos team works on everything from autonomous rescue ships to patient care improvements in hospitals. We use Typescript, Python, C#, Rust, and the Unity stack to build software that’s more than just an ad platform. The team is located in Charlottesville, VA where our engineers are housed in a welcoming and collaborative habitat with infinite espresso, fancy ramen, and Atlassian tools. Software Engineers in any of our backend teams can expect to make heavy use of GraphQL, AWS Lambda, and Docker.
Aside from the ground-breaking work, we offer competitive salaries, comprehensive benefits, and a sign-on bonus. Relocation assistance is available – join us in Charlottesville! Our average commute is 8 minutes, and our office is walking distance to more than thirty restaurants.  A quick hop away from the Appalachian Trail, Charlottesville is regularly voted one of the happiest cities in America. Come make the best of our cyberpunk future in a city of old brick, verdant greenery, and polished glass. 

Backend engineers focus on the development of reusable service components using Node+Express or Actix/Rocket in Docker containers. Stitched together with GraphQL, these components serve as the backbone for a wide array of projects ranging from undersea imaging and vision to augmented reality apps for planning and logistics. A microservice container might see deployment on AWS ECS, Azure CS, or even on an on-premise cloud with Kubernetes. Over the course of a year, a backend engineer will generally work on two or three projects with one or two Scrum teams. 

Design and implement discrete feature additions to long-lived APIs based on user stories in Jira
Develop stable and maintainable code for scaled backend services using Rust and Typescript
Write code, not meeting notes – generally expect morning stand-up to be your only meeting 
Design task-parallel microservices with minimal side-effects and extremely loose coupling
Use GraphQL to build compositional facades and APIs over collections of microservices 
Succeed or fail as part of a four-to-six person scrum team and accept failure with respect
Write unit, integration, and acceptance tests, loosely targeting 75% code coverage
Work with Site Reliability Engineers to deploy and harden scalable software

Bachelor's in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or related field
Two or more years of relevant experience, ideally in application or game development
Additional years of professional experience may be considered in lieu of a degree
Mastery of a language, ideally Python, Rust, C#, Typescript, or Javascript
Experience with API-centric design and code-as-data

US Citizenship and the ability to obtain TS/SCI security clearance is required for these roles.

External Referral Bonus:


Potential for Telework:


Clearance Level Required:



Yes, 10% of the time

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Software Development



Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world's toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company's 33,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $10.19 billion for the fiscal year ended December 28, 2018. For more information, visit

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