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Software Engineer II, Security



Software Engineering
Long Beach, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2024

At Vast, our mission is to contribute to a future where billions of people are living and thriving in space. We are building artificial gravity space stations, allowing long-term stays in space without the adverse effects of zero-gravity. Our initial crewed space habitat will be Haven-1, scheduled to be the world’s first commercial space station when it launches into low earth orbit in August 2025. Our team is all-in, committed to executing our mission safely and on time. If you want to work with the most talented people on Earth furthering space exploration for humanity, come join us.

Vast is looking for a Software Engineer II, Security, reporting to the Information Security Manager, to assist in the deployment and maintenance of the organization's growing information security infrastructure. The Security Software Engineer shall support the secure development of Vast’s various mission-critical products.

This will be a full-time, exempt position located in our Long Beach location.


  • Design, build, and maintain security technologies, solutions and systems for Vast’s mission-critical products
  • Partner with various engineering teams to ensure software and hardware technologies are designed and maintained in a secure manner
  • Rapidly iterate on security tooling and design new applications to support security as the company grows
  • Collaborate with the Information Security team to peer review current practices and to foster an effective and positive work environment

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 4+ years experience with building security services and configurations (i.e. IAM, short-lived certificates, API security)
  • Development experience in any modern programming language (including but not limited to Python, C++, Rust, Go)
  • Experience building security applications in the cloud
  • Proficiency using the command line, writing shell scripts, and an understanding of the GNU/Linux operating system

Preferred Skills & Experience:

  • Familiarity with threat modeling using frameworks such as MITRE ATT&CK
  • Experience in hardening and monitoring various AWS resources.
  • Strong knowledge of network protocols, firewalls, and intrusion detection/prevention systems
  • Enjoys end-user facing roles for support and interfacing with cross-functional teams
  • Ability to work quickly and accurately in fast-paced environment during critical launch and mission operations
  • Excellent communicator, both written and verbal
  • Collaborative mindset
  • Problem solver with a bias for action

Additional Requirements:

  • Ability to travel up to 10% of the time
  • Willingness to work overtime, or weekends to support critical mission milestones
Salary Range: California
$130,000$165,000 USD
Base salary will vary depending on job-related knowledge, education, skills, experience, business needs, and market demand. Salary is just one component of our comprehensive compensation package. Full-time employees also receive company equity, as well as access to a full suite of compelling benefits and perks, including: 100% medical, dental, and vision coverage for employees and dependents, flexible paid time off for exempt staff and up to 15 days of vacation for non-exempt staff, paid parental leave, short and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, free catered meals and snacks and beverages, access to a 401(k) retirement plan, One Medical membership, ClassPass credits, personalized mental healthcare through Spring Health, and other discounts and perks.


The person hired will have access to information and items subject to U.S. export controls, and therefore, must either be a “U.S. person” as defined by 22 C.F.R. § 120.62 or otherwise eligible for deemed export licensing. This status includes U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, lawful permanent residents (green card holders), and asylees and refugees with such status granted, not pending.


Vast is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Vast is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.