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Senior DevOps Engineer



Software Engineering
Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Please note it is preferred that applicants reside in the Washington D.C. or New York City area

About Alethea

Founded in 2019, Alethea is a tech company that detects and mitigates instances of disinformation and social media manipulation to help clients navigate the new digital reality. We protect clients from the threat of disinformation that targets brands, reputations, employee safety, or financial bottom lines through our industry-leading investigation and remediation services.

Position Summary:

We are seeking an experienced Senior DevOps to join our team. As a key member of our engineering team, you will be responsible for designing, implementing, monitoring, and managing the core components of our platform, including infrastructure, databases, and CI/CD pipelines. Primary goals will be to ensure scalability, reliability, and performance of the platform to best support our applications. This role offers the opportunity to evaluate, and choose new technologies and tools, driving the evolution of our platform to support our growing business.


  • Design, deploy, and maintain Kubernetes clusters across multiple environments (development, testing, production) to support our containerized workloads.
  • Develop automation scripts and CI/CD pipelines using tools like GitHub Actions, Bitbucket Pipelines, GitLab CI, or CircleCI to streamline the deployment and release processes.
  • Implement infrastructure as code (IaC) solutions using Terraform, Helm, Ansible, or similar tools to provision and manage cloud resources on platforms such as AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud Platform.
  • Collaborate with software engineers to containerize applications, optimize Docker images, define Helm charts, and Terraform for maintaining, and configuring cloud deployments.
  • Troubleshoot production issues and incidents, perform root cause analysis, and implement preventive measures to minimize downtime and ensure high availability.
  • Implement auto scaling technologies, such as ASG, HPA, Karpenter, KubeRay.
  • Procatively monitor the health and performance of Kubernetes clusters and applications using monitoring and logging tools like Prometheus, Grafana, Loki, ELK Stack, or Splunk.
  • Implement security best practices and enforce policies for network segmentation, access control, and container runtime security to protect our infrastructure and data.
  • Stay updated on emerging technologies and industry trends in infrastructure, cloud computing, and containerization to propose innovative solutions and optimize our infrastructure.
  • Identify issues and gaps, plan projects, and execute them effectively.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams including software development, QA, and IT operations to align DevOps practices with business objectives and project requirements.
  • Provide technical guidance and mentorship to members of the engineering team, and facilitate knowledge sharing through documentation and training sessions.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, or a related field.
  • Proven production experience (2+ years) as a DevOps/Systems/Infrastructure/SRE Engineer.
  • Minimum 7 years professional experience working in production environments.
  • 2+ years experience in deploying and managing Kubernetes clusters in production environments, including experience with cluster provisioning, configuration, application deployments, Helm, and optimization.
  • Proficiency in scripting languages (e.g., Bash, Python) and experience with automation tools like Ansible, Chef, or Puppet.
  • Hands-on experience with cloud platforms and orchestration systems such as AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud Platform, and knowledge of cloud-native services (e.g., EKS, RDS, Lamda, ECR, IAM) and (e.g. OpenTofu, Terraform, CloudFormation).
  • Strong understanding of containerization technologies (Docker, containerd, rkt) and container orchestration concepts (pod scheduling, service discovery, load balancing).
  • Familiarity with CI/CD pipelines, version control systems (Git), and collaboration tools (Gitlab, Azure Devops, Jira, Confluence, Slack).
  • Familiar with database and messaging systems. (e.g., MySql, PostsqesQL, SnowFlake, Redis, Kafka)
  • Solid understanding of networking principles, TCP/IP stack, and experience with software-defined networking (SDN) solutions.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to troubleshoot complex issues in distributed systems and microservices architectures.
  • Effective communication skills and the ability to collaborate with cross-functional teams in a fast-paced, Agile environment.

The salary range for this position is $134,000 to $196,000, depending on the candidate's skills, experience, and qualifications. This range represents the base salary; actual compensation may vary based on relevant factors. In addition to the base salary, we offer stock options, comprehensive benefits, unlimited PTO, and generous company holidays. We provide opportunities for professional growth, development, and advancement. Annual reviews include the potential for salary adjustments and additional stock option grants.

Alethea is an equal opportunity employer that encourages people of all backgrounds, genders, ethnicities, abilities, and sexual orientations to apply. We are committed to being an inclusive place to work, while maintaining a workforce that represents the communities we serve.