Staff Software Engineer, Government Systems

Chainalysis Inc.



About the job

The global financial ecosystem is changing. Revolutionary blockchain technology has unlocked the potential for people around the world to have more equal access to wealth and information. This transformation has begun with the mass global adoption of cryptocurrencies but like all new financial systems, it needs greater trust to realize its full potential and remain safe from bad actors. Thatโ€™s where we come in. The Chainalysis blockchain data platform enables businesses, governments, and banks to solve the worldโ€™s most high-profile criminal cases, paving the way for an economy built on blockchains.


The Engineers at Chainalysis are driven by working on new technical challenges every day. Relentless problem-solvers and big dreamers, weโ€™re creating the building blocks for future blockchain technologies.


The Staff Software Engineer in our Government Systems team is responsible for innovating, executing, and influencing systems architectures in support of FedRAMP and On Premise solutions from the Chainalysis engineering organization. They champion infrastructure best-practices and influence team goals and product roadmaps, all while optimizing our infrastructure and development workflows. This role is a phenomenal opportunity to own an entire product where youโ€™ll gain understanding of On-Prem functions and their impact to the systems perspective of FedRAMP as well. Youโ€™ll be the technical lead of a complete system CICD environment and the ability to engage and collaborate with the rest of the Engineering organization from backend, to front end. We measure success by how well youโ€™ve enabled the team to safely operate with little to no intervention.


In one year youโ€™ll know you were successful if youโ€™veโ€ฆ


  • Facilitated architectural alignment between core services teams to ensure FedRAMP alignment of CI/CD pipelines
  • Managed upstream architecture implications regarding technology maturation
  • Defined and establish rules of engagement for operating and diagnosing services operating inside these environments.
  • Established security and compliance background and demonstrated ability to influence design and implementation of future Chainalysis products.
  • Led in the Identification and application of vulnerability remediations, fix procedures, and when necessary mitigation techniques.
  • Led in the identification and mitigation of cyber security risks through formal assessment activities.
  • Streamlined data ingest pipelines to maximize the flow of data
  • Hardened production systems (maintained uptime targets, graceful degradation, self-healing and automated recovery)
  • Worked closely with Information Security to improve the systems used to test releases for security issues
  • Established objective measures of done and documented assumptions
  • Mentored and developed a team of Software Engineers to mature their skill sets.


A Background Like This Helps


  • Excellent knowledge of the FedRAMP landscape, operating constraints and risk
  • Prior experience operating services in a highly compliant and/or constrained environment
  • Experience in one or more of the following: Java, Scala, Golang, Python, or shell scripting
  • Prior success implementing infrastructure as code including pipelines as code (Terraform, Helm, Ansible, Jenkins), and containerization technologies (Docker, Kubernetes)
  • A Background in DevOps Engineering:
    • Develop, deploy and maintain applications into FedRAMP compliant infrastructure.
    • Collaborate across teams to ensure FedRAMP alignment of CI/CD pipeline and manage upstream architecture implications regarding technology maturation.
    • Established security and compliance background and demonstrated ability to influence design and implementation of future Chainalysis products.
  • And/ Or Software Reliability Engineering:
    • Work closely with development teams to improve maintainability and reliability of services.
    • Support the identification and application of vulnerability remediations, fix procedures, and when necessary mitigation techniques.
    • Prior experience operating services in a highly compliant and/or constrained environment
    • Proven knowledge of the FedRAMP landscape, to ensure compliance with appropriate security standards


A general understanding of popular Blockchain technologies would differentiate you:


  • Bitcoin and/or other UTXO based Protocols (Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash, ZCash, Dash)
  • Ethereum and/or other Account based Protocols (EOS, Stellar, Cardano, Tron)
  • This position may perform work that the U.S. government has specified can only be performed by cleared employee, and therefore any offer will be contingent upon verification of the requirements.


At Chainalysis, we help government agencies, cryptocurrency businesses, and financial institutions track and investigate illicit activity on the blockchain, allowing them to engage confidently with cryptocurrency. We take care of our people with great benefits, professional development opportunities, and fun.


You belong here.


At Chainalysis, we believe that diversity of experience and thought makes us stronger. With both customers and employees around the world, we are committed to ensuring our team reflects the unique communities around us. Some of the ways weโ€™re ensuring we keep learning are an internal Diversity Committee, Days of Reflection throughout the year including International Womenโ€™s Day, Juneteenth, Harvey Milk Day, and International Migrantโ€™s Day, and a commitment to continue revisiting and reevaluating our diversity culture.


We encourage applicants across any race, ethnicity, gender/gender expression, age, spirituality, ability, experience and more. Additionally, if you need any accommodations to make our interview process more accessible to you due to a disability, don't hesitate to let us know. You can learn more here. We canโ€™t wait to meet you.


Applying from the EU? Please review our Candidate GDPR Notice.


By submitting this application, I consent to and authorize Chainalysis to contact my former employers, and any and all other persons and organizations for information bearing upon my qualifications for employment. I further authorize the listed employers, schools and personal references to give Chainalysis (without further notice to me) any and all information about my previous employment and education, along with other pertinent information they may have, and hereby waive any actions which I may have against either party(ies) for providing a reference. I understand any future employment will be contingent on the Company receiving satisfactory employment references.


Chainalysis COVID-19 Policy - USA


All employees are required to have or obtain a COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment at Chainalysis, unless an exemption has been approved. All employees shall be required to report their vaccine status. All new employees shall be required to provide proof of their vaccination status prior to the start of their employment.


Chainalysis COVID-19 Policy - EMEA


As an employer, Chainalysis is obliged to ensure a healthy and safe working environment. This means that we must try to prevent the coronavirus from spreading inside the workplace and all employees are obliged to follow the local regulations issued by the relevant health authorities.
  • To help support a safe work environment, we encourage all employees in EMEA to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Employees will not be required to attend an event or in-person customer meeting.
  • Employees in the EU and the UK are allowed to travel internationally for internal meetings to any country deemed โ€œgreen or amberโ€ by the EU and the UK authorities. All attendees for Chainalysis in-person events or meetings will be required to adhere to the following guidelines:
    • International travel will only be permitted if you receive approval from both your manager and Executive Leader
    • You must familiarize yourself and comply with any screening/safety protocols imposed by the entity/individual hosting the in-person meeting or event
    • You must comply with any and all safety guidelines and travel restrictions established by applicable law
    • If you are in close or proximate contact with others at the event/customer site and test positive for COVID-19, you must immediately notify the People Team and avoid contact with others for 10 days


Chainalysis COVID-19 Policy - APAC


With circumstances changing on a regular basis and parts of our APAC team going in and out of mandatory lockdown, APAC will continue to follow country legislation and guidelines.



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