Principal Software Engineer - OCTO at Rapid7 (Austin, TX)

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Job Overview

The Research & Advocacy team, as part of the Office of the CTO, is committed to closing the security achievement gap by creating great teaming experiences for customers and making the most successful security technology and practices accessible for all. Our engineering team's overall goal is to build the world-class research platforms to produce security research that we ourselves would want to read and apply.

In this role, you will be responsible for inventing and sustaining Rapid7's research capabilities. This mission encompasses Project Sonar, Project Heisenberg, and the soon-to-be-released Project Doppler. The first two are the twin pillars of our internet telemetry capability, and the last is a front-end, customer-accessible portal that presents data from those projects. More broadly, we expect to support and enhance the research capabilities of teams within and without the Office of the CTO, and are likely to tackle research engineering challenges involving IoT/OT security, artificial intelligence, cloud security, and general software vulnerability research.

You will be responsible for setting strategy for software engineering in support of the aforementioned research areas, and executing against those plans in a "player-coach" capacity — you will be both a solid technical contributor to the research engineering mission as well as a capable people manager.

Distributed Team

This is a mostly remote position with occasional visits to the Austin, TX office located in downtown Austin, as well as company headquarters in downtown Boston, MA. The team normally works remotely (even in non-pandemic times) and is located primarily in the US, but with considerations for European timezones. Slack and Zoom are our way of life. Visits to the office are encouraged for deeper collaboration and cross-team communication, when possible and practical.

Essential Responsibilities
  • Build, maintain, and enhance internet telemetry platforms for the consumption of internal research partners

  • Invent new capabilities in support of IoT, AI, cloud, and vulnerability research in partnership with Rapid7's broader research community of contributors.

  • Manage an agile team of security research engineers, the relationship between research engineering and internal customers, and occasionally partner with external organizations (both private enterprise and public/government).

  • Be and become reasonably conversant in the technologies that we use in Rapid7's existing research portfolio: Ruby, Python, R, Node.js, Golang, AWS (Glue, Athena, EMR/Spark), Docker, PostgreSQL, Terraform, Kubernetes, React, Django REST Framework, and Apache Airflow

Job Requirements
  • Excellent communication skills

  • Solid understanding of the general cybersecurity landscape and the challenges therein

  • Proficiency in common software development and software engineering practices

  • Strong programming skills in Ruby, Python, R, or Golang

  • Experience in people management with a focus on technical learning and growth

  • Relevant professional certifications and degrees are great, but absolutely not required

Rapid7 (Nasdaq: RPD) is advancing security with visibility, analytics, and automation delivered through our Insight cloud. Our solutions simplify the complex, allowing security teams to work more effectively with IT and development to reduce vulnerabilities, monitor for malicious behavior, investigate and shut down attacks, and automate routine tasks. Over 9,300 customers rely on Rapid7 technology, services, and research to improve security outcomes and securely advance their organization. For more information, visit our website, check out our blog, or follow us on LinkedIn

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
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Rapid7 is conveniently located in downtown Austin, with plenty of restaurants, bars, and public transport close by.

An Insider's view of Rapid7

What’s the vibe like in the office?

The vibe of the Rapid7 Austin office is a perfect mix of energizing and inviting. Our vibrant office design, diverse team makeup & monthly events keep the space buzzing! There is definitely a more laidback attitude here in Austin and I feel our office perfectly embodies that while still being a space where we can come to get amazing work done.


Customer Success Representative

What are some things you learned at the company?

It’s not just the customer who benefits from the culture of compassion. Internally, Rapid7 employees look out for each other and work together to solve problems. Oftentimes, this ends up helping all parties.


Senior Director, Customer Success

What are Rapid7 Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Rapid7 is led by a diverse management team that represent the security community we serve. We believe that we all have a responsibility to continuously improve our DE&I efforts.
Unconscious bias training
We believe in continuous learning, our in-house trainers conduct consistent diversity trainings. We advocate for diverse thinking and strive to cultivate a workforce that mirrors the best minds.
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
We have so many amazing and organically created employee resource groups! These internal Rapid7 communities allow for an authentic experience where diverse employees and allies can come together.
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
We've taken the Parity Pledge, we reinforce strategic recruitment, we are committed to diversity partnerships, and we understand the importance in training around unconscious bias.
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Our remote work program includes full-time remote for specific positions, Work remotely on occasion as needed.
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Our employees receive unlimited hours per year of paid volunteer time.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Employees receive unlimited hours per year of paid sick leave.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Employees get free lunch during quarterly in-office Town Halls and some team meetings.
Happy Hours
Fitness Subsidies
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Paid industry certifications

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