Security - Senior Security Research Developer (R5600)


At Elastic, we see endless possibility in a world of endless data. And we use the power of search to help people and organizations turn that possibility into results. Elastic is the leading platform for search-powered solutions. With solutions in Enterprise Search, Observability, and Security, we help improve customer and employee search experiences, keep critical applications running smoothly, and protect against cyber threats. Elastic enables organizations worldwide to use the power of Elastic, including Netflix, Uber, BBC, Microsoft, and thousands of others.

Elastic was built on a foundation of being free and open, which trickles down to how we work. We’re a distributed organization and have been from the beginning. Being distributed isn’t just a way of doing business—it’s a mentality that is at the core of our culture.

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What you will be doing:

  • Work as part of the greater Security Protections team at Elastic with other data engineers, data scientists and security researchers
  • Develop YARA signatures and other forms of logic, delivered asynchronously to Elastic customers
  • Analyze or reverse engineer malware targeting Windows, Linux, and MacOS in support of threat research objectives
  • Collaborate with security research engineers and data scientists to measure and improve feature efficacy

What you can learn:

  • Design and operate data systems that assist with threat discovery and emerging threat detection
  • Solve complex automation and engineering challenges related to malware signature development, testing, packaging, and efficacy
  • Actively engage the security community through blogs, social media accounts, webinars, workshops, meetups, speaking at conferences and other Elastic channels

What you bring along:

  • Collaborative demeanor with a strong disposition to learn new skills and emerging technologies
  • Self-motivated and able to thrive in a distributed, dynamic and autonomous environment
  • Invested in protecting the world’s data from attack
  • 2+ years of experience with malware analysis in an operational role such as in support of incident response, or a research role such as development for a security product
  • Strong development experience in C, C++, Python, Go, or equivalent in a similar language, and interested to learn other languages as needed
  • Expertise with Git hygiene, repository maintenance, and project management tools
  • Enjoys capture-the-flag challenges like FLARE-ON
  • Embraces the philosophies of open-source software development and democratizing access to knowledge and resources

Additional Information - We Take Care of Our People

As a distributed company, diversity drives our identity. Whether you’re looking to launch a new career or grow an existing one, Elastic is the type of company where you can balance great work with great life. Your age is only a number. It doesn’t matter if you’re just out of college or your children are; we need you for what you can do.

We strive to have parity of benefits across regions and while regulations differ from place to place, we believe taking care of our people is the right thing to do.

  • Competitive pay based on the work you do here and not your previous salary
  • Health coverage for you and your family in many locations
  • Ability to craft your calendar with flexible locations and schedules for many roles
  • Generous number of vacation days each year
  • Double your charitable giving - We match donations 1:1 up to $1500 USD (or local currency equivalent)
  • Up to 40 hours each year to use toward volunteer projects you love.
  • Embracing parenthood with minimum of 16 weeks of parental leave

Different people approach problems differently. We need that. Elastic is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law, ordinance or regulation.

We welcome individuals with disabilities and strive to create an accessible and inclusive experience for all individuals. To request an accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please email We will reply to your request within 24 business hours of submission.

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